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Work Begins On 103,000 Square Foot Facility In Union, MO

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The Korte Company has begun working on a new manufacturing facility in Union, Missouri for Spray Dynamics, a subsidiary of Heat and Control, Inc. The 13.3-acre site will soon be home to Heat and Control’s newest facility. Washington Engineering & Architecture (WEA) was named the project’s architect and engineer.

Since 1952, Spray Dynamics has developed applications for a wide range of products, both food and non-food, and has served the snack industry since 1970. Spray Dynamics engineers and manufactures applications for oils, seasonings, vitamins, tack and release agents, chocolate, syrups and candy coatings, anti-oxidants, polishing wax, and anti-clumping agents.

The new facility offers the latest in manufacturing capabilities, testing rooms and includes a trial center able to provide comprehensive testing capabilities across the company’s wide range of products. A temperature control system is capable of simulating plant conditions during product trials.

The facility is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will initially employee 50-60 personnel with the ability to expand to over 100 employees.

The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Highland, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma; and Las Vegas, Nevada. The company manages, on average, an excess of $250 million in annual construction volume.

The Korte Company’s project expertise includes building for federal, state and local government agencies as well as the design and construction of healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, schools, recreation centers and office complexes.

Knoebel Construction Begins Construction of Shoppes at Mid Rivers

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Knoebel Construction, Inc. of Chesterfield, MO, has broken ground on the vertical construction of the Shoppes at Mid Rivers in St. Peters, MO. The $54 million project consists of 14 buildings within the 270,000-square-foot shopping center located just north of Interstate 70 in St. Charles County, MO. The buildings will be constructed concurrently, with scheduled completion in the fall of 2017. The developer is GBT Realty Corp. of Brentwood, TN. The architect is MJM Architects of Nashville, TN.

The Shoppes at Mid Rivers is located on a high-visibility, 28-acre parcel directly across I-70 from Mid Rivers Mall, the only regional mall in St. Charles County. Confirmed tenants include Academy Sports + Outdoors, Burlington, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, HomeGoods, ULTA Beauty, Five Below and Famous Footwear.

Knoebel Construction has divided the work into subprojects with separate management teams, in order to meet the expedited schedule and goal of completing the mall in time for the 2017 holiday shopping season.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail development, restaurant, grocery and retail construction.

Kadean Construction Tapped to Build ‘Aviator 10’

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New Building Is Kadean’s Fourth in Aviator Business Park in Hazelwood, MO, site of the Old Ford Plant

Kadean Construction has been tapped by Panattoni Development to construct its fourth light industrial building in the Aviator Business Park in the City of Hazelwood, one mile north of the St. Louis-Lambert International Airport, it was announced today.

The 548,000 square foot, concrete, tilt-up building, which will cover 13 acres under roof, will have a clear height of 32 feet, and a total of 82 loading docks – 40 on the north side and 42 on the south – side, said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction Co., which is based in suburban St. Louis.

“This will be a very flexible building that can be used for as many as four companies or one very large tenant,” he said. “The pass-through design, the number of docks, the all-concrete pavement and roadway and tractor trailer storage around the perimeter will make it very appealing for a tenant that relies on a high volume of daily transfers of goods or for other light industrial purposes.”

Construction of the building will begin immediately, and is due to be completed by mid-August, said John Piedimonte, Kadean Vice President of Pre-Construction.

The building will be constructed with a structural steel frame and nine-inch thick, steel-reinforced concrete walls, and a seven-inch thick, concrete floor. It also will have an early suppression, fast-response (ESFR) fire protection system, LED lighting, and other amenities, Piedimonte said.

Aviator 10 will be the fourth Kadean-built structure in the 155-acre business park, which is served by Norfolk Southern Railroad and provides easy access to interstates 70, 270, 64, 44, 55 and other area highways. Kadean also built Aviator 3, 4, and 7, most of which are fully occupied. More space is available for a half-dozen smaller commercial or light industrial facilities on the site as well.

Aviator 10 is currently listed as 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.

“We’re very proud of the progress we’re making at Aviator Business Park,” he said “The companies there now employ nearly 300 men and women from across the region. Aviator 10 will continue to enhance the park’s vitality and vibrancy, and we’re looking forward to Aviator’s continued growth and success.”

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

Holland Construction Services Completes Addition at The Homestead at Hickory View Retirement Community

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Holland  Construction  Services,  Inc.  recently  completed  construction  on  an  11,000  square‐foot  addition  at  The  Homestead  at  Hickory  View  senior  living  community.    This vibrant independent living  community  is  located 40 miles west of St. Louis in Washington, Missouri.

The new $2.5 million addition added 14 units to the existing  facility.  This newly renovated community now offers 79 spacious apartments and luxurious amenities including an updated fitness and physical therapy center.

The Homestead at Hickory View is owned and operated by Spectrum Retirement Communities, LLC.  Bernida Egging Chapman, Vice President of Construction at Spectrum, commenting on the success of the project stated, “We thoroughly enjoyed working with Holland on this project.  Holland was the only contractor that helped us figure out  a way to make this addition viable.”

Holland is also currently working with Spectrum on Sycamore Creek Senior Living, a new upscale senior living community  in Pickerington, Ohio.

Holland  Construction  Services  is  a  fullservice  construction  management,  general  contracting,  and  design/build  firm  based in Swansea, IL.

MSD Bidding Raising Stink

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The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri is expressing “grave concern” about Metropolitan Sewer District’s (MSD) bidding integrity for tunneling projects in the $4.7 billion Project Clear wastewater improvement plan. At issue is what appears to be an attempt by MSD trustees to steer a validly awarded $145 million contract for the Deer Creek tunneling project from the lowest bidder to another firm that has already been awarded the first two of the eight tunneling projects for Project Clear.  Jay Dee/Frontier-Kemper (JDFK) Joint Venture was awarded the contract on Sept. 29, 2016.  However no work has been done on the project after MSD trustees inexplicably refused to follow the recommendation of its professional engineering and executive staff and chose not to enter the contract with JD/FK during a Dec. 8, 2016 meeting.  Despite reworking its bid to accommodate a request to substitute a minority contractor on the project (a contractor that was fully vetted and validated by MSD’s staff) and being awarded the contract a second time on Jan. 5, 2017, the contract approval by MSD trustees remains in doubt.

The invalidation of the contract and delays are tied to at least four protests and appeals of the award from SAK Construction – all of which have been reviewed and denied by MSD’s professional staff of engineers, procurement specialists and diversity personnel and the executive director.  SAK’s bid was nearly $2.5 million higher than JDFK’s.  SAK has also been awarded the two previous tunneling projects let.

On Feb 9, 2017, the Deer Creek Project again comes up before the MSD trustees, who could again go against its own staff’s recommendation and award the contract to SAK.

Below is a more thorough recap of events to date and attached documentation.

The integrity of the bidding process on one of the largest publicly-funded infrastructure projects in St. Louis is generating majors concerns in the construction industry, including the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri.  At issue is Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)’s $4.7 billion Project Clear, a 23-year project “to plan, design and build system wide improvements to address water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis community.” Project Clear is anything but clear when you examine how MSD trustees have handled the bidding on the $145 million Deer Creek tunneling project.  In a series of inexplicable decisions, trustees have gone against the recommendations of its professional design and engineering staff and voided a valid project award to the lowest bidder – Jay Dee/Frontier-Kemper (JDFK) Joint Venture.  While the project remains stalled, the trustee’s maneuvers stand to benefit SAK Construction, winner of the first two tunnel bids on Project Clear.

The MSD trustee’s muddling of the bid process inhibits the St. Louis area’s ability to attract highly qualified contractors to bid on projects, limiting competition and raising construction costs.  Livonia, Mich.-based Jay Dee Contractors, Inc. (www.jaydee.ushas more than 50-years of experience in proficiently delivering heavy underground tunneling work.  Its JV partner Evansville, Ind.-based Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc. (www.frontierkemper.comtraces its roots to 1907 and is equally proficient in national infrastructure projects.

The JDFK joint venture was among 11 contractors that invested countless hours to be pre-qualified for the Deer Creek project last spring (see attached May 24, 2016 pre-qualification approval letter).  JDFK then presented a highly detailed bid that met all of MSD’s specifications including business and workforce diversity, use of a highly skilled and safe workforce, pricing, technical skills and more.  JDFK’s bid was $145.3 million or $60 million below the MSD engineer estimate.  It was also the lowest bid – nearly $2.5 million lower than the bid SAK submitted.  JDFK’s proposal was thoroughly evaluated by MSD’s professional staff and it was awarded the contract on Sept. 29, 2016 (see attached notification of award letter).  From there, MSD trustees inexplicably began degrading the integrity of the bid process.  Consider the following:

  • In Sept and October 2016, SAK Construction sent protest letters to MSD questioning the validity of the contract awarded to JDFK and qualifications of JDFK’s minority contractors (including a minority contractor that SAK itself had used on previous projects).
  • On Oct. 13, 2016, MSD’s professional staff advised the MSD trustees to enter a contract with JDFK for the Deer Creek work based on its thorough vetting of its lowest bid proposal (see Oct. 13, 2016 Board Meeting Journal). The trustees wanted more information on minority contractors before contract was finalized.
  • On Nov. 8, 2016, MSD denied SAK’s protest of the contract award to JDFK (see attached Nov. 8, 2016 MSD SAK protest response).  JDFK submitted a follow up letter to MSD reinforcing that the sewer district followed all its policies and procedures in awarding the contract to JDFK, including a detailed timeline of its process (see Nov. 10, 2016 JDFK Protest Objection Letter).
  • On Nov 29, 2016, MSD reaffirmed its decision in denying a SAKs appeal of the sewer district’s Nov. 8, 2016 affirmation of JDFK’s contract award (see Nov. 29, 2016 MSD Protest Response).
  • On Dec. 8, 2016, MSD trustees inexplicably voted down the contract with JDFK by a 5-1 margin going against its professional staff’s recommendation, including its denial of SAK’s appeals (see Dec. 8, 2016 Board Meeting Journal). 
  • On December 9, 2016, the AGC of Missouri sent a letter to MSD expressing grave concerns over the integrity of MSD’s bidding process and its decision to deny the contract to JDFK.  That same day MSD sent two letters to JDFK.  One notifying JDFK that MSD was rescinding its contract award.  The other notifying JDFK that MSD objected to the use of minority contractor A.L.L. Construction and that it needed to find a substitute contractor.  JDFK responded on Dec. 23, 2016 that A.L.L. was fully qualified and that MSD was not following its procedures in rescinding the contract award.  JDFK followed the contract requirements and substituted A.L.L. and the resulting outcome was to increase its contract amount to minority contractors by $230,000 without increasing its overall bid.
  • On Jan. 5, 2017, MSD notified JDFK that it accepted its substitution and awarded it the Deer Creek contract.
  • On Jan. 10, 2017, SAK filed yet another protest of the contract award to JDFK.
  • On Jan. 17. 2017, MSD again denied SAK’s protest. That same day JDFK sent a letter to MSD stating the obvious:  SAK’s continuously invalidated protests are a ploy to get the Deer Creek project “by any means.”
  • On Jan 26, 2017 SAK filed another appeal of the denial of its protest.  MSD responded the next day denying the appeal

The project remains stalled for unknown reasons.  As of Jan 31, 2017, the MSD trustees refused to  approve a thoroughly vetted and validated lowest bid proposal from the eminently qualified joint venture team of JDFK.

It is unclear where MSD is headed, but it appears the trustees are contemplating an award the contract to SAK or rebidding the project.  Its next board meeting is Feb. 9, 2017 where it may decide the fate of the $145 million project without the full board of trustees present.  A list of MSD trustees can be found at http://www.stlmsd.com/our-organization/organization-overview/board-trustees.

The JDFK joint venture team would be happy to discuss the trials and tribulations of MSD’s muddled bid process as would the AGC of Missouri.  Please contact them if you have any questions.

Ameren Illinois Announces Projects to Build Smarter Energy Infrastructure in Belleville

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New substation, outage detection technology among enhancements to improve service reliability and reduce customer costs.


Ameren Illinois announced today that it has begun constructing a new state-of-the-art substation and installing smart technology to support commercial and residential growth in Belleville’s west end.

The substation – to be known as North Shrine – is being built near Lamask Drive and Briar Hill Road on the north side of Illinois Route 15, across the highway from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.   When in service, by the end  of Spring, the North Shrine substation will meet the energy needs of the new Hofbräuhaus Brewery, currently under construction, and a hotel and conference center planned for the site.  It will contain advanced equipment capable of better serving electric load increases expected from these new commercial developments while boosting reliability for more than 2,000 residential and commercial customers in the area. The substation footprint will be large enough to add an additional transformer if needed.

Five outage detection devices, known as IntelliRupters, will be installed onto circuits that feed out of and tie to the new substation.  These smart devices sense faults in the flow of electricity and identify circuits from which power can be re-routed to reduce the number of customers affected by an outage.

“These projects are a key step in our long-range plans to construct a smarter electric grid to meet our customers growing needs,” said Raymond Riddle, director of Division Operations for Ameren Illinois serving St. Clair County. “We’re excited to bring these innovative enhancements to our customers in the region.”

The work is part of a multi-year initiative to modernize the energy delivery system. Since 2012, Ameren Illinois has implemented hundreds of projects, adding new technology and strengthening poles, wires and distribution equipment.  As a result, reliability has improved by an average of 17 percent.

Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers throughout central and southern Illinois.

Photo Above: A J.F. Electric lineman, working on behalf of Ameren Illinois, works to position a new IntelliRupter into place on a power pole in Signal Hill.  As part of its Modernization Action Plan, Ameren Illinois is building a smarter energy infrastructure in Belleville.  The IntelliRupter will team with two other smart switches in the neighborhood. These smart devices sense faults in the flow of electricity and identify circuits from which power can be re-routed to reduce the number of customers affected by an outage.

Mcgrath Completes Construction On $1.25 Million Montgomery Bank Branch Renovation With AT&T Retail Store

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McGrath & Associates has completed a $1.25 million renovation of Montgomery Bank in Bridgeton, Missouri, including a complete redesign of the branch and the addition of an AT&T retail store. The design-build project highlights a new trend in the banking industry to reduce branch size while incorporating a retail tenant into the original building footprint. Verve Design Studio was the architect.

“With the popularity of online banking, fewer customers are visiting brick-and-mortar branches, yet banks need a physical location to provide personal, local service and advice,” said Kenneth Witbrodt Jr., CEO of Montgomery Bank. “This is a win-win design solution that helps both the bank and our tenant attract each other’s customers.”

McGrath’s renovation of the 5,100-square-foot facility included exterior finishes and ACM panels, modern interior finishes, drive-thru lanes and canopy, new HVAC air handlers and utility services. McGrath completed the project on time and within budget in a short, six-month schedule, from design to construction completion.

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.

Tech Electronics Acquires Fire Detection Systems, LLC

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Technology Services Provider starts 2017 with expansion into new region

United by a common business culture, Tech Electronics, has acquired Fire Detection Systems, LLC. Both companies are privately-owned manufacture-certified installers of Notifier fire alarm systems with strong presences in the construction industry.

Tech Electronics, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a leading provider of life safety and communication technology solutions now with seven locations throughout the United States. The company’s strategic growth goals include achieving 100 million in revenue by the year 2022 through continued geographic expansion, innovation and expanded service offerings. The purchase of Fire Detection Systems LLC, based in Denver Colorado, extends Tech Electronics’ service coverage and contributes to the goal of becoming a super-regional technology services organization.

“We are excited about the new business venture and the expansion of Tech Electronics solutions and services into a new region,” said Kurt Canova, President of Tech Electronics. “Fire Detection Systems’ reputation as a life safety technology provider and strong company culture seamlessly align with our mission and strategy for growth.”

Founded in 2003, Fire Detection Systems, LLC is a $6.5 million dollar company with 28 employees, making it Tech Electronics’ largest acquisition to date. Fire Detection Systems, LLC will continue to operate under the same leadership and provide the same services as Tech Electronics of Colorado.

“The expertise, products, and services that come with Tech Electronics will not only be beneficial for our customers but our employees as well,” says Rich Vance, Owner of Fire Detection Systems, LLC. “We are choosing to grow with a company that has the future of our industry and employees in mind.”

Fire Detection Systems, LLC is the seventh location and fourth acquisition for Tech Electronics in the past six years. The family-owned company, whose fiscal ends in March, is expecting to close out the year at over $60 million and with this is acquisition 2017 projected revenues is $67 million.

Tech Electronics is a technology services organization headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with a network of regional offices in Columbia & Springfield, MO, Bloomington & Chicago, IL and Indianapolis, IN. 

Holland Construction Services Breaks Ground on New Apartment Complex in Maplewood, Missouri

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Holland Construction Services, Inc. (Holland) recently began work on Sunnen Station Apartments in Maplewood, Missouri. This new $31.5 million apartment complex, being developed by the Sunnen Family, in conjunction with Cozad Commercial Real Estate, will be the first new apartment construction in the city of Maplewood in several years.

The new four-story complex will contain 174 units comprised of studios, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments, featuring a variety of floor plans.  The 186,402 square-foot facility will also feature a swimming pool, sun deck, barbeque patio, a sport court, and a gated parking lot.

Forum Studio out of St. Louis, Missouri, is the architect on the project.  Work on the new complex is scheduled to be complete December 2017.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, IL.

Guarantee Electrical Company Completes New State-of-the-Art Recreation Center in O’Fallon, IL

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Student Athletes at McKendree University, Southern Illinois IceHawks youth hockey organization and the general public now have a new recreation center to call home in O’Fallon, IL.  The McKendree Metro Rec Plex recently opened to the McKendree University men’s & women’s hockey teams, giving them a new facility to call “home ice”. 

Soon the school’s swimming, diving, and water polo teams will likewise be calling the recreation center home in their Olympic and NCAA Championship caliber natatorium.  In total, the 160,000 square foot facility features two NHL-sized ice rinks, an aquatic center fit with a 10 lane championship swimming pool, a separate recreational pool, a contemporary fitness area including a half court gym, elevated walking track, free weights, cardio equipment, and many other amenities such as party room and conference facilities.  With more than two years of planning and design for the facility, the McKendree Metro Rec Plex will anchor the larger development on the 45 acre site known as The Four Points Center consisting of retail, hospitality, and professional office space.
 


Guarantee Electrical Company was instrumental in value engineering and identifying cost saving opportunities on the original electrical design.  This allowed the developer to recognize substantial savings towards the overall cost of the project.  For its part, GECO was the turnkey electrical contractor on the project providing all site civil electrical work, including rough-in for Ameren’s underground utility distribution and site lighting throughout the development; the electrical construction contractor on the building responsible for installing new switchgear, both normal and emergency power, providing a combined 5000 amp 480 volt service to the building through two incoming services; and the systems electrical contractor providing all fire alarm and control wiring for the Cimco ice equipment.  The entire facility comprises energy efficient LED lighting and lighting controls throughout.    

 

This project is very important to not only O’Fallon, IL but the surrounding communities and region for several reasons.  In addition to providing a new home for both youth and collegiate organizations, the public ice rink fills a void left from the indefinite closing of a Fairview Heights Ice Rink in 2012 and also provides a new fitness center for the general public including personal trainers, daycare and much more.

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