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KBR Launches Craft Training Program for Veterans

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KBR, Inc. announced it is creating a program to train active duty military in the pipefitting trade to assist service members who desire to pursue an industrial civilian career following their military service. The initiative is in partnership with Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) and Fort Polk, located in Vernon Parish, Louisiana.

The Veteran Pipefitting Training Program was created for active duty military at Fort Polk and applicants will be selected for the sixteen week program by Fort Polk’s Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) and KBR. Trainees will receive training credentials for both academic and hands-on practice by the National Center for Construction Education and Research upon the successful completion of the course.

“KBR is proud to help provide this great opportunity for soldiers to continue their education and build upon the foundation of their military training,” said David Zelinski, President of KBR’s Onshore Americas business division. “This generation’s post-9/11 veterans represent an extraordinary pool of talent and leadership that the craft industry needs. Our training partnership with Fort Polk provides a vehicle for veterans to translate their skills into the craft professions while supporting their transition to the civilian world,” continued Zelinski.

KBR is making a significant investment in CLTCC’s facilities for this training program as well as covering fees associated with the instructors who will be key contributors to the overall success of this program.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity for our Fort Polk & Transition Assistance Program to partner with KBR,” said Col. David G. Athey, Fort Polk Garrison Commander. “The leadership at Fort Polk has been behind this program from day one. It is a great honor to be part of a program that further develops the skills of our veterans to help them prepare for a career in the craft labor industry. The talents that these soldiers bring to the table are invaluable and we are excited that KBR wants to help our veterans succeed after serving our country.” continued Athey.

KBR has a long history of working alongside of the U.S. military and is proud to continue that tradition with helping veterans transition from military service to successful civilian careers.

KBR, Inc. is a global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company serving the hydrocarbons and government services industries.

Geotechnology Digs Deep to Evaluate an 80-year-old Structure

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The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) hired McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., to design and build a seismic retrofit of the historic structure along with seismic bracing of non-structural components such as ceilings, partitions and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems.

Although the GSA gave McCarthy initial geological and seismic information, including design documents from the 1920s, McCarthy needed more information to develop proper design parameters for an effective renovation. McCarthy’s team needed more information about the soil, bedrock, and ground water conditions around the building, and they also needed to know if the building was built in accordance with the design.

The Robert A. Young Federal (RAY) Building was completed in 1933 for the Terminal Railroad Association. The federal government bought the 1,050,000-square-foot, L-shaped building during World War II. It houses dozens of offices for various federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, State Department, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The RAY building stands at the corner of Spruce Street and South Tucker Boulevard in downtown St. Louis, near the former course of Mill Creek along what was once Chouteau’s Pond. Other buildings to the east, near the edges of the former pond, had had foundation issues stemming from poor soils, which had to be repaired before the buildings could be renovated.

McCarthy hired Geotechnology, Inc., to explore soil, bedrock, and groundwater conditions, and assess the condition of the existing structure.

Geotechnology conducted a range of tests with test borings, seismographs, and scanning technology. Perhaps the most unusual was the effort Geotechnology made to determine if the foundations supporting the 83-year-old building matched the foundations drawn in the design documents.

To determine if the building really was supported by driven piles founded on bedrock, Geotechnology exhumed some of the piles beneath the pile caps. According to Geotechnology Project Manager Dan Greenwood, that meant going into the basement and excavating 10 feet below the basement slab: six feet to get to the pile caps, and then another three to four feet to get below the bottom of the pile cap. McCarthy/Castle excavated to the bottom of the pile cap and installed shoring, he said, them Geotechnology technicians excavated by hand at the bottom of the hole to get underneath the cap in order to test the piles.

“The drawings showed the type, number, spacing, and capacity of the piles, but as part of McCarthy’s due diligence, we had to verify that they were installed as per the plan,” Greenwood said.

Excavations exposed fluted columns, as shown in the drawings, but the structural engineers wanted to know if they could be relied on. Geotechnology suggested load-testing them.

In selected locations, Geotechnology cut 18-inch sections from four piles and tested them with a Pile Integrity Tester, which is essentially a hammer wired to some instruments. The reflected signals from the hammer taps showed piles that were in good condition and rested on bedrock 22-feet below the pile cap.

“We got a good, strong signal, which was reassuring to everyone,” said Greenwood.

That meant the piles were in good shape, but could they bear the 35-ton design load?

Geotechnology used a hydraulic jack to find out.  They inserted a calibrated jack in the space where they had cut out a length of pile and tested to 70 tons.

“There was no safe way to be in the hole while running a jack, so we used a down-hole camera and ran the test from a safe spot on the basement slab, remotely controlling the settings and watching it through a monitor,” Greenwood said.

The piles passed the 70-ton test, which provides a safety factor of twice the design rating. That was a big milestone.

“It has a huge impact on the design,” Greenwood said. If either pile or pile cap hadn’t withstood a 70-ton load, the amount of additional structural shoring required on the project to meet seismic guidelines “would have been a big deal,” Greenwood said, maybe even enough to kill the project.

After completing the tests, Geotechnology refastened the piles to the pile caps.

“It was truly an amazing blend of state-of-the-practice seismic evaluation with structural engineering and a nearly century old structure,” Greenwood said.

Holland Employee Charitable Foundation Raises $23,000 for Fontebella Maternity Home

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The Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) is pleased to announce that $23,000 was raised at this year’s Klondike Klassic Charity Golf Tournament thanks to the overwhelming support of Holland friends and associates including 160 golfers and over 100 sponsors.  The event was held February 27th at Far Oaks Golf Club.

This year’s tournament was held to benefit Fontebella Maternity Home. Founded in 2009 by Bob and Susan Hoff, Fontebella provides a safe, loving, home-like setting for women 18 and older who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and have nowhere else to turn.

Members of the HECF presented a $23,000 check to Fontebella at the conclusion of the event.  “We are so grateful for this blessing, and will be able to do so many incredible things to advance the mission of Fontebella with this money,” said founder Susan Hoff.  With added resources, Fontebella’s plans include expansion of their home, addiction and mental health services for the women residing at the home, and the addition of long-term after-care units.

With Holland’s “Can Do!” philosophy, the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) was established with the mission of dedicating ourselves to helping others in the community through donations and volunteering. The HECF is employee run and driven.

Through the HECF, the Klondike Klassic Charity Golf Tournament will now be an annual event. Funds raised each year will go towards a local organization voted on annually by the Foundation.

The Holland Employee Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity as a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation.

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

Hilliker Corporation Assists Mechanical Contractor With Building Purchase

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Company to expand pipe fabrication operations into former truck dealership location

Hilliker Corporation, a St. Louis owned and managed commercial real estate company, recently represented the area’s largest mechanical service-based contractor.

Integrated Facility Services, a full-service mechanical contracting and service firm, purchased an 18,200-square-foot building on two acres at 2490 Cassens Dr. in Fenton.  The space will be used to accommodate the company’s growing pipe fabrication services.  The property is the former home of Kenworth of St. Louis, a truck dealer and service business.

Integrated Facility Services’ headquarters are located nearby at 1055 Cassens Industrial Ct. in Fenton and will remain open, as well as another office at 10501 S. Hardwick Lane in Columbia, Mo.  Integrated Facility Services was formerly known as Air Masters, Gateway Mechanical, Gateway Mechanical Fire Protection, and Automatic Solutions Group.  The company, which  rebranded under the Integrated Facility Services’ name in January, 2016, provides HVAC design and installation, plumbing, commercial refrigeration, fire protection, energy conservation, and building automation services.

Hilliker Corporation broker Hal Ball represented the buyer, Integrated Facility Services, Inc., and Colliers International broker Steve Tharpe represented the seller, The Jerry Ackerman, Sr. Revocable Trust.

Gateway Composites Expands Carbon Fabric Product Line as Exclusive Manufacturer of Fiberlock Concrete Repair System

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St. Louis-based Gateway Composites has expanded its carbon fabric product line as the exclusive manufacturer of FiberLock, a concrete crack repair system combining carbon fabric technology with an epoxy resin. Fiberlock has a 15-year track record of repairing cracked foundations, slabs and walls in both commercial and residential infrastructure. All FiberLock systems now feature Gateway Composites’ carbon fabrics exclusively.

“FiberLock is a perfect complement to our family of private labeled systems and expands our presence in the commercial and residential infrastructure markets,” said Joe Dattilo, president of Gateway Composites, which has focused on the design, manufacture, sales and marketing of carbon fiber fabrics and supportive products since 2006. “As a premier carbon fabric supplier and partner for private-label customers, we continue to pursue opportunities for market growth in multiple industries.”

The FiberLock system seals, stabilizes, and strengthens the structural integrity of cracked walls and building foundations. Fiberlock can be used to repair vertical, horizontal and corner foundation wall cracks in homes, bridges, commercial buildings, parking garages and more.

“With their knowledge and expertise in carbon fiber, fabrics and their applications, Gateway Composites has developed next generation products that provide true composite solutions for infrastructure repair and reinforcement,” said Craig Bogard, inventor of Fiberlock.

Other Gateway Composite products include carbon fiber fabrics, rods, staples and laminate strips; composite rebar and stitching dowels; chopped/milled carbon fibers; and application-specific resin systems. Gateway Composite also custom engineers carbon fabrics to a client’s specific application and Critical to Quality (CTQ) characteristics including fiber tensile properties, fabric area weight, width and weave construction.

Gateway Composites designs, custom engineers and manufactures carbon fiber fabric solutions for the residential and commercial infrastructure, oil and gas, telecommunications, mining, automotive, marine, sports and recreation industries. 

AAIPharma / Cambridge Major Laboratories to Invest $10.7M in New Facility at Cortex Innovation Center in St. Louis, MO

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AAIPharma Services Corp./Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc. (AAI/CML), a leading provider of custom manufacturing and development services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, announced this week the planned investment of at least $10.7 Million to relocate its St. Louis, MO analytical testing facility to the Cortex Innovation Center.

The new facility is a response to increased customer demand and the growing trend of analytical testing outsourcing within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. It will house state-of-the-art equipment in addition to its existing service offerings, and will provide new testing capabilities to meet industry and changing regulatory requirements, such as glass and plastic containers testing for pharmaceutical use, elemental impurities, disinfectant qualification and efficacy studies.

AAIPharma will occupy 37,500-square-feet of the new 4260 Building under construction at 4260 Forest Park Boulevard by a team of St. Louis contractors led by a Tarlton/Interface joint venture. The structural completion and build-out are due to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2016. 4260 is a three-story, 60,000-square-foot structure that also will serve as the home TechShop St. Louis. Cannon Design is the building architect.

Stability chambers at the new facility will be operational prior to AAIPharma moving in so as not to interrupt any studies. Transfer of stability samples to the new facility will occur using temperature controlled equipment and will be monitored to ensure no deviations from specified conditions.

“We are thrilled to welcome AAIPharma / Cambridge Major Labs to our dynamic innovation community,” said Dennis Lower, president of Cortex. “While our recent growth has come from software technology companies like Uber and Square joining Cortes, adding a progressive leader in the bioscience space builds on another one of our core strengths.”

AAI/CML provides innovative analytical testing solutions for manufacturers’ new drug entities, generic drugs, animal health products, medicated consumer health products, chemicals and biopharmaceuticals. Its analytical testing business is comprised of three centers of excellence in St. Louis, MO; Wilmington, NC; andEdison, NJ to serve its regional, national and global customers.

Its current St. Louis, MO facility employs approximately 80 full time staff and specializes in chemical and microbiological analytical testing including raw material testing, drug product release, stability, and environmental monitoring for both sterile and non-sterile drugs.

Cortex, founded in 2002, is home to more than 200 software, consumer product and bioscience technology firms, ranging from mature enterprises such as DuPont, Boeing, AB Mauri, Square, Stereotaxis, the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and Washington University among others, to promising early-stage startups like Aisle411, CoFactor Genomics, and Pushup Social.

City of O’Fallon, Mo., Selects McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. For Its New Justice Center

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Following a diligent selection process, the City of O’Fallon, Mo., has retained McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. to serve as construction manager for the city’s new Justice Center. In this role, McCarthy will function as the City’s agent for the preconstruction and construction phases of the 80,000+ square-foot facility.

To be located on Bryan Road, south of Veterans Memorial Parkway, the new justice center will house a police station and municipal court. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the needs of a modern police force while enabling the City of O’Fallon to continue providing the highest level of service to its residents and businesses and enable the department to grow to meet the projected needs through 2040.

In April 2015, O’Fallon residents approved a $28.7-million bond issue and property tax increase to finance the new facility. The city selected Wilson Estes Police Architects to design the new building.

“This project will provide much needed space for critical services within the city, allowing us to continue providing quality services to our residents and businesses and attract the most professional officers and staff,” said Mayor Bill Hennessy, City of O’Fallon. “We recognize the strong bond between our residents and our officers, and we appreciate their trust and support in making this project a reality. With the assistance of McCarthy and Wilson Estes, we will ensure that this project is both fiscally responsible and one our residents can all take pride in.”

“McCarthy is 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, and we are committed to providing the best project outcome.”

Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in late Spring 2016 and complete in late 2017.

TRiSTAR Properties Launches Two Speculative Distribution Centers Totaling1.13 Million Square Feet

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Combined Value of Projects is $49 Million; Projected to Create 500+ New Jobs When Occupied

TRiSTAR Properties has begun development of two mega-cube speculative distribution centers initially totaling 1.13 million square feet at Gateway Commerce Center, a 2,300-acre logistics and bulk distribution park outside Edwardsville, Ill. Teaming with TRiSTAR to fund the $49 million venture is PCCP, LLC a national real estate finance and investment management company.

Based on statistical benchmarks, when leased the buildings are projected to produce a minimum of 500 new jobs said TRiSTAR President Michael Towerman.  All told, an estimated 5,500 people currently work at Gateway.

One new structure, Gateway East 618, is being built on a 53-acre site and will span 618,450 square feet with 36’ clear-height ceilings. The cross-docked facility will be 570 feet deep with 68 dock doors and two drive-in doors. The other tilt-up concrete building, Gateway East 513, will host 513,760 square feet on a 46-acre site and be topped by a 32’ clear height ceiling. Also cross-docked, the building will be 520 feet deep with 58 dock doors and two drive-in doors. Each building is sited to be expandable to more than 1,000,000 square feet.

According to Ed Lampitt, SIOR, CCIM and managing director of the St. Louis office of Cushman Wakefield, the exclusive leasing agent for the Gateway venture, the 618 building is scheduled to be available for occupancy in late summer, 2016 with the 513 building tenant-ready later in the fall.

“Gateway Commerce Center is widely acknowledged as one of the leading distribution parks in the Midwest. With 15 bulk buildings containing nearly 11 million square feet under roof, it is a development in which the St. Louis region can take great pride,” said Lampitt. “Our rationale in beginning a pair of buildings simultaneously is to cut a broad swath in the marketplace. We want to offer prospective national tenants a choice – and an excellent match – in their pursuit of highly efficient and expandable bulk space configurations.”

TRiSTAR’s St. Louis-based project team for the buildings include Contegra Construction, general contractor; Gray Design Group, architect; and Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.; civil engineer.

TRiSTAR-PCCP JV Leading STL Industrial Market Rebound

Gateway East 617 and Gateway East 513 will be the third and fourth distribution facilities jointly developed by TRiSTAR and PCCP at Gateway in the past two years.  In 2014, the duo teamed to develop a 673,137-square-foot distribution center occupied in May, 2015 by Florida-based third-party logistics provider Saddle Creek Corp. The $26 million structure was the first speculative industrial building constructed in St. Louis since 2007.

TRiSTAR and PCCP next partnered to recently complete a $36 million, 717,060-square-foot center on a 56-acre site at Gateway. According to Lampitt, while the building is not yet occupied, lease negotiations are on-going.

In addition to Saddle Creek, Gateway tenants include Dial Corp., GENCO ATCThe Hershey CompanyOzburn-Hessey LogisticsProctor & GambleSave-A-LotSchneider NationalUnileverUSF Logistics, Walgreens and Yazaki of North America.

Institutions with holdings in Gateway include Goldrich & Kest IndustriesJ.P. Morgan & Co.Multi-Employer Property Trust, Prologis Real Estate Investment Trust, UBS Realty Investors (the U.S. subsidiary of Union Bank of Switzerland) and USAA.

CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services Group Completes Appraisal for High Profile Clayton, MO Apartment Project

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CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services Group announced this week the completion of its appraisal assignment for a luxury mixed-use apartment and retail building located at 25 N. Central Avenue in Clayton, Missouri.

The assignment was undertaken on behalf of the construction lender, Missouri-based Central Bank of St. Louis, whose client, Opus Development, has started construction of the project. Opus has estimated the cost of the project at $41 million.

“We were happy to play a role in the financing of this luxury apartment building—one of several currently under construction in Clayton,” said Doug Zink, MAI, CCIM and a Director in CBRE’s Valuation & Advisory Services Group who headed the team appraising the project. “Quick and accurate information was provided to the lender and we look forward to seeing this important project for the city of Clayton move forward.”

Located on Clayton’s commercial strip, the six-story building will include 120 units, 13,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and two levels of below grade parking. Balke Brown Transwestern is the leasing agent for the retail space.

Electrical supply distributor Graybar bought the site in 2011 to block development of any high-rise structure that would overshadow the company’s adjacent 10-story headquarters building.

Vertegy Helps Washington University’s New Brown School Of Social Work Facility Earn Leed Platinum Certification

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St. Louis-based Vertegy, which has already helped a significant number of buildings in the St. Louis region earn LEED certification, has added another local project to its portfolio. The sustainability consulting firm was recently notified by the U.S. Green Building Council that the George Warren Brown School of Social Work’s Hillman Hall building, which was constructed as part of an expansion on Washington University’s Danforth Campus, has earned LEED Platinum certification. Vertegy has consulted on over 50 LEED Certified buildings since its founding in 2005 and that number now includes 20 LEED Platinum facilities.

The Brown School, which now encompasses three buildings, is the top-rated social work school in the country. The addition of Hillman Hall doubled the teaching, research and program space for the school’s social work and public health programs. The new building consists of approximately 104,000 square feet on four occupied levels, plus a mechanical basement. At the heart of the building is the two-story Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Forum, a 4,000-square-foot multi-purpose venue for banquets, town hall meetings, lectures and conferences. The space also serves daily as a lounge and informal dining space and is located next to the Café’, which also includes its own dining area. The building also features classrooms, offices, study spaces and a rooftop garden.

The expansion was designed and developed to include sustainable design principles emphasizing energy efficiency, water conservation, regional materials, long-term durability, air quality, comfort, connection to nature, wellness and future adaptability. As sustainability consultant on the project, Vertegy played a key role in helping the team reach its sustainability goals. To facilitate LEED implementation and documentation, LEED meetings were held weekly with all critical members of the project team, including the owner and contractor.

Sustainable efforts were made to retain and treat water on-site through vegetated swales, rain gardens, and ultra-low flow fixtures. Access to daylight and views was optimized for learning and working spaces.  Washington University’s campus standards include achieving 30 percent over ASHRAE 90.1 (a standard benchmark for commercial building energy codes in the United States), along with an extensive measurement and verification program. In line with the university’s vision, the Brown School made significant strides in energy efficiency, overcoming the substantial challenge of the school’s District Energy System. Extensive energy modeling was performed to inform design decisions, and on-site energy production strategies were employed.

“Brown School’s vision to be innovative, impactful and to promote a sustainable and universally accessible environment is definitely reflected in the design of the new expansion,” said Thomas Taylor, principal of Vertegy. “We were thrilled to be such an integral part of helping Washington University and the project team meet their sustainable goals. This new state-of-the-art facility will not only provide a healthier and more energy-efficient environment for students, staff and visitors but will also serve as a model for other college campuses for years to come.”

Other members of the project team included Alberici Constructors; Moore, Rubell, Yudel (design architect); Mackey Mitchell Architects (consultant architect); Andropogen (landscape architect); Buro Happold (MEP, life safety, MEP sustainability consultant); Cole Engineering (civil engineer); KPFF (structural engineer); Sextant (AV consultant); KJWW (commissioning authority) and Accentech (acoustic consultant).

For more information, please visit http://www.vertegyconsultants.com or call 314.399.9992.

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