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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.

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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

IMPACT Strategies Awarded Second Project at Peoria Retail Development

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General contracting firm IMPACT Strategies has been awarded a second retail project in the Knoxville Crossing Development in Peoria, Illinois. Knoxville Crossing Retail Building, a 12,000 square foot strip center, is now under construction.

This past May, IMPACT Strategies began constructing the 70,000-square-foot Knoxville Crossing retail center, anchored by Schnucks Markets, Inc., and part of a larger mixed-use development being developed by The DESCO Group of St. Louis.  IMPACT Strategies is collaborating with BRR Architecture, Inc., of Merriam, Kansas and Zumwalt Engineering of Peoria on all design aspects of the project.

This retail building will include a drive thru and is expected to be completed in late Fall 2016.

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

Tushar Shelar Joins Murphy Co. as CIO

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Tushar Shelar

Tushar Shelar  has been named chief information officer for Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contractor. Rob

Koester, chief financial officer, made the announcement. Shelar holds a master’s degree in computer science from Webster University, and earned a master’s degree in commerce (management) and a bachelor’s degree in commerce (accounting) from the University

of Bombay. He is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional.)

“We are thrilled to have Tushar on our team,” commented Koester. “His experience delivering technology solutions in ERP (SAP), COTS and custom built applications provide excellent leadership for our company going forward.  His expertise creating fully integrated and secure IT systems for project management, finance, HR and supply chain management already has had a positive impact on our business processes.”

Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets. With corporate offices in St. Louis and Denver and a regional office in Colorado Springs, Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service.

HOK and TowerPinkster Design New Gull Road Family Justice Complex in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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With an abundance of glass drawing natural light deep into the building, the design of the new Gull Road Family Justice Complex in Kalamazoo, Michigan, provides an efficient, comfortable environment for families and staff.

Designed by HOK and TowerPinkster, the three-story, 81,200-sq.-ft. justice Kazoo Justice Center Int bfacility improves operational efficiencies and security while maximizing flexibility to accommodate future needs. The new complex consolidates all family court functions for the county and outside agencies into one facility, uniting juvenile functions, domestic relations, probate, prosecuting attorneys, clerks and family support services.

The design takes advantage of a steep ridge running through the center of the 7.3-acre site, creating two levels of courts facing Gull Road and three levels of offices and support services along the rear of the facility. A two-story, curved blue insulated glass curtain wall stretches the length of the public corridors and accentuates the building’s openness and transparency. The use of bricks with punched openings blends the design with a nearby residential community and an adjacent juvenile home.

Abundant natural light floods the interior, providing a comfortable, inviting environment for visitors. All public, staff and judicial cKazoo Justice Center Intirculation areas are lined with windows, while clerestory and interior windows extend daylight into the courtrooms, hearing rooms, offices and conference rooms. An open staircase provides convenient access to all three floors.

A dynamic canopied entry supported by slender columns opens to a dramatic two-story lobby on the middle level. Visitors are guided through security screening to electronic monitors providing directory and docket information. For ease of access and staffing efficiencies, all public counter areas are clearly marked and located around a single public waiting and work area.

Six hearing rooms are provided on this level. The upper floor houses four courtrooms, a jury deliberation area and the prosecuting attorney’s office. The lower level houses family court intake services, a common staff entry and break room, and the secure connection to the juvenile facility. To optimize use of county resources and improve collaboration, courthouse staff share a secure entry and a common kitchen and meeting space on the lower level. Discrete holding areas are provided for both juvenile and adult in-custody defendants. Separate circulation is provided for the public, judges and staff, and in-custody transfer with a secure passageway that connects to the adjacent juvenile facility.

All areas of the courthouse, including the courtrooms and staff areas, are fully accessible and include dedicated family restrooms and a lactation room. All courtrooms and hearing rooms are equipped with advanced court technology systems that integrate audio/video recording, videoconferencing, evidence presentation technology and sound reinforcement. This system eliminates the need for court reporters in the courtrooms. Electronic court monitors are also located in the lobby—after security screening and outside the courtrooms.

HOK led the facility programming, court planning and design for the $20.1 million facility. TowerPinkster managed the project and served as architect of record and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineer. The project was completed on time and under budget.

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

BEX Construction Services Completes Project at Camp Wyman

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BEX Construction Services recently put the finishing touches on a new swimming pool for Wyman, a youth development organization headquartered in Eureka, MO. Their existing pool was one of the favorite features of Wyman’s Teen Leadership Program (TLP), but was due for an overhaul.

In addition to using the pool for their youth programs, Wyman also rents their facility to guests. The pool construction was on an expedited schedule to accommodate a special gathering in memory of Marine Corporal Riley E. Baker, whose family reserved the location for their event. Construction began in mid-May and had to be completed July 2nd so that the pool could be used at the function. “Without the pool, the Bakers would have had to find another location to host,” explained Jason Rose, Site Services Director for Wyman.
“We had some significant setbacks in the project that were outside of anyone’s control,” Rose recalled, “and the project was still completed by our final deadline.” Chief among the setbacks Rose refers to was a stretch of unseasonably wet weather, which complicated the concrete pours for the pool and deck. Utilizing evenings and weekends, BEX was able to adjust the construction schedule to make sure that the turnover date was honored.
“We made the right choice with selecting BEX Construction Services as our general contractor,” Rose continued. “It didn’t seem possible, but everything was completed in time and the pool was open for the reunion on July 2nd.”

Artisan Building Co. Doubles the Size of DYNALABS LLC Pharmaceutical Testing Facility in St. Louis

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$1.5 Million Project Delivers Highly Functional Lab and Support Space

One of the fastest growing pharmaceutical testing companies, DYNALABS, LLC, has nearly doubled the size of its St. Louis testing facility.  St. Louis design-builder Artisan Building Co. completed the $1.5 million expansion, adding both wet and dry lab space along with office and support space.  The project, which Artisan delivered on time, for less than half of the original cost estimates from other contractors, allows DYNALABS to continue to expand their testing services, something it couldn’t do with its limited space prior to the expansion.

DYNALABS is now planning additional renovations to meet future needs.  “As a testament to our trust in Andy Barnes and Artisan as our general contractor, we are currently working on a second project relating to the renovation of our clean room area,” said Russell Odegard, chief operating officer and managing partner, DYNALABS.  “This project is expected to begin sometime within the 4th quarter of this year.”

DYNALABS’ 33,500 square-foot facility is located at 2327 Chouteau Ave.  Artisan completed the 15,500 square feet expansion to add second floor wet chemistry and analytical laboratories and an area for glassware washing and drying.  Artisan also coordinated the installation of an elevator, a first floor sample management area for sample inspection, receipt, distribution and storage, as well as first and second floor office, lunch areas and conference space.

“We examined DynaLabs’ space needs, re-evaluated the original drawings and wherever we saw a wall that wasn’t needed, we eliminated it,” said Barnes, principal, Artisan Building.  “That saved on electrical and mechanical infrastructure and also created more opportunities for collaboration, rather than isolating each lab behind walls.”

Artisan worked with its building team to design and install intense mechanical needs including three fume hoods and ventilation that circulates 100 percent outside air.

“From the moment we began working Artisan, we noticed a difference,” said Odegard, chief operating officer and managing partner, DYNALABS.  “Artisan owner Andy Barnes made the process of planning our expansion efficient and systematic.  His open book style of planning and implementation was very informative, and there were never any significant surprises.  During implementation, we had weekly meetings for discussing current status of the project, and to resolve issues that presented themselves.”

Joining Artisan on the project were Liberty Electric, Inc., electrical; American Mechanical, mechanical; T.J. Wies Contracting, Inc., drywall.

Founded in St. Louis in 2004, Dynalabs is an analytical testing lab that tests pharmaceuticals (sterile and non-sterile dosage forms) for pharmacies (retail – industrial – hospital) and pharmaceutical drug companies in the United States, Canada and Australia.  For more information, visit

Artisan Building Co. provides construction management and development management services to property owners and developers seeking professional expertise with historic adaptive reuse or redevelopment.

Etegra, Inc. Awarded $9.5m Robins Air Force Base Architect-Engineer IDIQ

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Robins AFBEtegra, Inc., was awarded a prime 8(a) contract from the Department of Air Force to provide a full range of architect-engineer (A-E) services for Robins Air Force Base. The anticipated value of the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract is an estimated total of $9.5M and will have a one-year base period and four one-year option periods.

Robins AFB is one of the largest industrial employers in Georgia with an eclectic skill set including mechanics, planners, engineers and logistics management specialists. The base encompasses 6,935 acres with 449 buildings consisting of 11.5M SF.

Under this contract, Etegra will provide A-E services including field investigations, surveys, design calculations, drawings, specifications, cost estimates, and electronic files as required for maintenance, repair, alteration, and new construction projects.

To date, Etegra has received requests for proposals for five task orders including a renovation of a Catwalk/Rail System, design and construction of a Chemical Storage Addition, design and construction of a DePaint Facility, design and construction of a Ground Support Equipment Building, and the repair and renovation of an Avionics Complex.

“We are honored to serve the Air Force and the mission of the Base,” Andrew Kishna, Chief Executive Officer, said.

Etegra is a full service, 8(a) architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Services include architecture, engineering, construction management and environmental consulting.

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