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BJC to Break Ground on Replacement Hospital in Creve Coeur

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May 30 ceremony to celebrate construction of new Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

 

Leadership of BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), along with physicians, city officials, and the project team, will gather at 8 a.m., May 30, for a ceremonial ground breaking for the new Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (BJWCH).

The event will signify the start of construction on a modern hospital to replace the existing facility. It also will celebrate the continuation of caring for the community envisioned by the Signorelli family when they opened Faith Hospital in Creve Coeur 48 years ago.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 30
  • Time: 8 to 9 a.m.; remarks at 8:15 a.m.
  • Event location:  Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Medical Office Building #1, 1040 N. Mason Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63141. See attached invitation and campus map for location and parking.
  • Learn more about the project: https://www.bjc.org/Construction/BJWCH

Available for interviews:

  • Trish Lollo, President, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
  • Barry Glantz, Mayor, City of Creve Coeur

*Members of the media are requested to arrive by 8 a.m.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is a 77-bed community medical center located in west St. Louis County and has been providing has been providing high-quality health care in a compassionate, healing environment since 1989. The hospital offers 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic and therapeutic services, as well as a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare. BJC is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. BJC serves the health care needs of urban, suburban and rural communities and includes 15 hospitals and multiple community health locations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice.

S. M. Wilson To Build 70,000 Sf Addition To Dot Foods Headquarters

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Dot Foods as general contractor on two additions to its headquarters in Mt. Sterling, Il. The project includes additions to two buildings on the Dot Foods campus.

The main office building will receive a 60,000 SF, two-story addition consisting of offices, cubicles, meeting rooms and conference rooms. The freezer building will receive a 10,000 SF locker room expansion to allow for additional lockers, showers, a break room and kitchenette.

Arcturis is the architect for the project. Construction began in March.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. 

Drone Workshop Planned for June 6th

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A one-day workshop on drones and their application to construction, engineering, and related work will be held on Tuesday, June 6, at the offices of Geotechnology, Inc., (11816 Lackland Road, Suite 150) in St. Louis.  The workshop is sponsored by the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists St. Louis Chapter.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide an overview of the technical capabilities of drones, especially as they apply to construction, engineering, and related work.  It is also to introduce the legal and insurance requirements for drone use for research and commercial purposes.  This workshop is not intended to ready the participants for the FAA licensing exam.

Instructors for the AEG Drone Workshop will be Dr. Paco Gomez, from the University of Missouri – Columbia; Dr. Damon Lercel, UAViation LLC; and Dr. Richard Steckel, UAViation LLC.  Cost of the workshop is $175, which includes a box lunch.  A minimum of eight participants are needed.

A similar workshop is planned for Tuesday, June 27, in Edinburgh, Ind., which is about 30 miles south of Indianapolis.

For more information or to register, please contact Phyllis Steckel, RG, at psteckel@charter.net.

St. Louis Regional Freightway Sets Top Transportation Infrastructure Project Funding Priorities

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Remarkable Progress Made in First Year to Establish Region as Premier International Freight Hub 

The St. Louis Regional Freightway updated the region on the remarkable progress it has made over the past year toward establishing the bi-state area as a premier freight center and multimodal hub for the nation. The efforts will help ensure the region is prepared to handle projected large increases in freight volume opportunities over the next two decades. The accomplishments were highlighted during the St. Louis Regional Freightway’s second annual Freight Summit on May 10. Since the St. Louis Regional Freightway launched in April 2016, it has made great strides in coordinating with both the public sector and private industry to enhance and grow the $6 billion in goods traveling through the St. Louis area by rail, road, river, and runway, while also laying the groundwork to ensure the region’s infrastructure can handle the growth.

“We launched The Freightway with a mission to market our region to the world as a premier freight hub and logistics center, a destination for new business and manufacturing, and a multimodal transportation nexus for the nation,” said John Nations, Bi-State Development President and Chief Executive Officer. “The first-year results have exceeded our expectations for what we thought would be accomplished during the first year in business.” The St. Louis Regional Freightway is one of five enterprises operated by Bi-State Development.

Mary Lamie, Executive Director of the St. Louis Regional Freightway said unprecedented regional support and partnerships have been a key factor in the success. The Freightway represents eight counties in two states, the public sector and private industry, and all segments of the supply chain. While this large number of stakeholders with unique needs and concerns could be seen as an impediment, Lamie sees this diverse group of stakeholders as a major asset with a depth of expertise and experience that could be harnessed toward the common goal of advancing the region’s position as a leader in freight and transportation.

Lamie also pointed to The Freightway’s ability to forge and strengthen relationships with freight partners throughout America’s heartland and to the Gulf of Mexico, as a key accomplishment during its first year. These efforts have produced new and stronger partnerships in Kansas City, Memphis, Minneapolis, Chicago and most notably the Port of New Orleans. The St. Louis Regional Freightway signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of New Orleans earlier this year to grow trade and build upon existing and new business relationships between the two regions and critical ports on the Mississippi River.

“These efforts have created a strong foundation for us to advance our container-on-barge capabilities and reach out beyond the nation’s core to establish relationships with coastal ports,” said Lamie.

Mike McCarthy, Chairman of the Freight Development Committee, cited The Freightway’s ability to develop and build consensus around a list of 20 priority projects necessary to modernize the region’s freight infrastructure as a key accomplishment over the last year. The list has unanimous regional approval and the backing of both the Missouri and Illinois congressional delegations, which has vaulted regional priorities into national priorities. McCarthy is the president of Terminal Railroad Association (TRRA) of St. Louis.

“Representing the infrastructure needs of the manufacturing and logistics industries, the multimodal transportation priority list is a critical tool for both the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Transportation, and for elected leaders to better understand what is needed in order to advocate funding for infrastructure dollars,” said McCarthy.

Topping the list of projects aimed at improving the multimodal transportation network is the replacement of the 127-year-old Merchants Bridge, which is one of two rail bridges used by six Class I railroads and Amtrak to cross the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri. Improving Interstate 270 from Lindbergh Boulevard in Missouri to Route 111 in Illinois, including replacing the Chain of Rocks Bridge, is another priority project that focused on improving the region’s transportation network.

The top projects identified as priorities for improving access to the region’s multimodal network are the North Riverfront Corridor Improvements, including Hall Street, Branch Street and the Municipal River Terminal rail access; along with Illinois Route 3 Improvements, which include widening Route 3 from East St. Louis to Sauget, Illinois, and the Falling Springs Road Alton & Southern Railroad bypass. The Freightway is committed to working collaboratively with public and private sector leaders to help validate these and other multimodal transportation needs and explore funding opportunities for efficient, reliable cost-effective and safe delivery of freight movement that the St. Louis region and the nation depends on to compete globally.

“While building relationships and building support for our infrastructure priorities are at the heart of the  efforts to advance the bi-state area as a premier transportation and logistics hub, actively marketing the region’s manufacturing and logistics advantages is another,” Lamie said. For the past year, the Marketing Committee, led by Chairman Dennis Wilmsmeyer, has focused on developing and implementing marketing plans to promote the St. Louis region to new freight markets and customer bases, leveraging relationships with shippers and carriers and spotlighting the region’s top industrial real estate sites. Wilmsmeyer is the Executive Director of America’s Central Port.

“These marketing efforts, which are receiving prominent exposure and media attention locally and nationally, are vital as The Freightway works with manufacturing and logistics industry decision makers and industrial real estate planners,” said Wilmsmeyer. “As we gain national and global recognition as premier freight hub, we’re building a team of ambassadors to help draw even more attention to our strategic location and benefits.”

Matthew K. Rose, Executive Chairman of BNSF Railway, was the special guest speaker for the annual event. With responsibility for one of the nation’s largest freight railroad networks in North America, encompassing 32,500 miles of rail in 28 states across the western two-thirds of the United States and three Canadian provinces, Rose’s remarks underscored the critical role played by transportation, and particularly the railroads, in supporting the freight economy.

“As a country, we should want more freight on the railroads, not less,” Rose said. As he emphasized the various environmental, time and cost benefits associated with rail transport, he said, “I like to refer to the U.S. supply chain as a weapon of mass competitiveness.” Rose said that competiveness can be further enhanced by public-private investment in projects such as the replacement of the Merchants Bridge, which would support increased capacity and growth.

“Growth in a region’s economy is rarely by accident, or simply because of the natural assets or advantages a region has; it takes work. Here in St. Louis you understand that, and you’re working together,” said Rose.

The first video in a series of short videos highlighting the region’s competitive advantages debuted at the Freight Summit, with the others set to be unveiled in the coming months. The entire series will be available at TheFreightway.com, the website launched last year as the gateway for businesses and site selectors to locate key contacts, real estate opportunities and regional logistics capabilities.

Moving forward, The Freightway’s goals include ongoing efforts to create a platform that takes advantage of the unprecedented increase in the nation’s freight activity over the next 30 years. The team will continue to build relationships with coastal ports and to promote the St. Louis region’s container-on-barge capabilities. Marketing efforts will keep the focus on the bi-state area’s freight assets including six Class I railroads, four interstate highways, two international cargo airports, and the third largest inland port. Details also are being finalized for a bi-state familiarization tour for site selectors to further showcase the St. Louis region’s competitive logistics advantages.

The Presenting Sponsor for the Second Annual Freight Summit was BNSF Railway, with Terminal Railroad Association (TRRA) and Bi-State Development serving as Networking Sponsors. Supporting Sponsors included Ameren, America’s Central Port, DNJ Intermodal Services, LLC, St. Louis Lambert International Airport, The Jerry Costello Group, LLC, The Regional Business Council, TranSystems and Werremeyer.

To learn more about the St. Louis Regional Freightway and to view the complete list of 2017 Multimodal Transportation Projects, visit www.thefreightway.com.

Established in 2014 as an enterprise of Bi-State Development, the St. Louis Regional Freightway is a freight district and comprehensive authority for freight operations and opportunities within eight counties in Illinois and Missouri that comprise the St. Louis metropolitan area. 

Home Builders Association Donates More Than $6,000 to Rainbow Village Properties, Inc.

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2015 HBA  President Ken Kruse of Payne Family Homes (left), HBCF President John Eilermann of McBride & Son Companies (right) presented a $6,370 donation to Jo-Ann Goldstein, associate director of development for Rainbow Village.

The funds will be used to repair a driveway at one of Rainbow Village’s homes for a wheelchair-bound client. Rainbow Village strives to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by providing safe, affordable and well-maintained neighborhood homes. Living in a neighborhood home, instead of a nursing home or institution, gives residents a better quality of life and more independence.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

 

IMPACT Strategies Completes Retail Renovation Project in Florence, Alabama

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IMPACT Strategies, a construction-management firm based in Fairview Heights, Illinois, recently wrapped up construction on a 30,000-square-foot retail building in Florence, Alabama for U.S. Properties Group (USPG), a national developer of retail properties.  The project involved renovating a vacant space housed in an existing retail center located at 374 Cox Creek Parkway. The newly finished building was constructed for a major national sporting goods tenant.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “We’ve had the pleasure of working with U.S. Properties Group on a number of retail projects throughout the country. Our extensive experience in retail construction, specifically with the management of projects from start-to-finish, is one of the reasons USPG has continued to utilize our services.”

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. 

HOK / PLP Architecture-Designed Francis Crick Institute Recognized As “Lab of the Year”

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The St. Louis and London offices of HOK are part of a design team that helped one of Europe’s largest biomedical translational research centers earn R&D Magazine’s 2017 Laboratory of the Year. The Francis Crick Institute, which opened last year in central London, was saluted by the research and development trade publication. HOK, led by the firm’s London and St. Louis practice, served as architect and ‎lead designer responsible for the institute’s overall design concept, lab planning, interior design and landscape architecture. PLP Architecture collaborated with HOK, leading the project through planning and shaping the building’s distinctive form and striking architectural expression.

Named after the scientist who helped discover the structure of DNA, the Francis Crick Institute represents a paradigm shift for biomedical research in the UK and the global research community. The 980,000-sq.-ft. building is home to a landmark partnership between the UK’s three largest funders of biomedical research—the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust—and three of its leading universities: University College London, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

“More than just sharing a building, these organizations have partnered as a diverse community of researchers working together in interdisciplinary teams,” said Bill Odell, FAIA, LEED AP, HOK’s firm-wide director of Science + Technology based in St. Louis.

The design encourages collaboration and interaction among multidisciplinary Crick researchers including biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians. The facility is divided into four lab neighborhoods connected by two atria that bring daylight into all of the labs and other spaces. The atria cross at the center of the building to create a hub with break areas, informal collaboration space, a large central stair and a concierge serving the entire floor.

“One of the Crick’s strategic priorities—‘pursue discovery without boundaries’—emphasizes the importance of its workplace environment,” said Odell. “Its researchers are encouraged to explore their scientific curiosities, with almost no idea being off limits.”

Glass walls allow for views into labs, promoting transparency and openness. Unless specific functions require closed walls, lab neighborhoods are open to encourage interaction. Walkways and informal meeting areas crisscross the main atrium and connect neighborhoods.

Designed with flexibility, lab neighborhoods can support rapid reconfiguration as research programs change. A centralized service distribution system enables a kit-of-parts approach in which predetermined components can be plugged into service spines in different combinations.

Now in its 51st year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging of the annual international competition was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design. A complete profile of the Francis Crick Institute is in the May/June 2017 issues of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design. More about the award can be found at this link.

 

About HOK

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

Emerging Flooring Technologies

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As time marches on, new technologies, processes and techniques shape the way commercial flooring contractors operate. From lean construction and the prefabrication of materials to the increased demand for LVT and design involvement, things are changing to improve quality, reduce installation time and promote best-value decisions.

Lean construction

The biggest change in the commercial flooring world is the push toward lean construction. This method of construction management has been passed around since the early 1990s, but has been utilized most often in the past few years. Lean construction is a mindset that seeks to minimize the waste of materials, time and effort. This can only be achieved through the participation of all project participants – the contractors, owner, end-user, managers, etc. These participants from various industries, under a variety of roles, work together instead of in isolated groups.

Under traditional construction management approaches, each contractor’s crew worked in isolation, lacking communication with the other projects. Instead, the general contractor and sub-contractors for plumbing, electrical, flooring, etc., all meet regularly to determine where everyone is on their projects, how those timelines may affect everyone else’s projects and what tasks need to be done to ensure goals are met. The projects are mapped out every morning, that way no one is butting heads. Additionally, it keeps accountability high.

Another part of lean construction is a new method for scheduling projects. Traditionally, projects were scheduled from the start date forward. Now, under what is called the Last Planner System, projects are scheduled from the end date through the start date. Scheduling a project this way allow contractors to work out issues in advance and know when things need to be done to stay on time. This is maintained through biweekly regroupings to review the schedule and stay on track.

Prefabrication of materials

An important change in the commercial flooring world is the prefabrication of flooring materials. By knowing the dimensions of the upcoming project, flooring contractors are cutting the flooring materials to fit beforehand instead of traditionally doing it on site. These prefabricated materials are then stored in the contractor’s warehouse until the project is ready to begin.

By employing the prefabrication of materials method, flooring contractors are able to keep the project’s job site clean and free of unnecessary debris while also greatly reducing the amount of time spent on site during the installation process.

Continued demand for LVT floors

Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are not new to the commercial flooring world. What is new is the increasing demand for them and explosion of LVT manufacturers. With more LVT manufacturers comes a reduction in price and an increase in available aesthetics. LVT now comes in a huge range of prices due to a vast array of quality and design options.

The drive for LVT demand is the desire for low-maintenance, high-durability flooring options. With LVT, there is no waxing and stripping. Instead, simple cleaning methods are all that is needed for floor maintenance.

Design involvement

As part of the change in the way flooring contractors operate, there is a recent push by flooring contactors to get involved in the design aspect of a project. Designers, architects and engineers have usually mapped out a project before a flooring contractor is even contacted. Often times they have chosen materials that don’t match with the design or are not suited for the application.

Relying on the expertise of a flooring contractor helps find the balance between aesthetics, functionality, durability and costs. It’s referred to as value-engineering and flooring contractors are implementing it on projects across the nation. While value-engineering isn’t necessarily new, it’s use for flooring projects is increasing.

These methods, practices and materials are emerging more and more in the commercial flooring industry. Each one is having a profound impact on the way flooring contractors approach and complete a project.

This article was originally published on the Spectra Contract Flooring learning center.

American Society of Concrete Contractors to Hold 16th Annual Conference in Phoenix this September

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The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, will hold its sixteenth Annual Conference September 14-17, 2017 at the Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix, AZ.  Concrete contractors, manufacturers, designers and other industry professionals will gather for three days of educational events and networking.

Industry experts including Brad Humphrey, Pinnacle Development Group; Ian Blair, The Blair Group; Amy Lynch, Generational Edge; Chris Sullivan, Chem Systems; and Kim Basham, KB Engineering, will offer seminars on critical industry topics.

Seminar tracks include Tech, Business Management, Business Field Level, Decorative and Polished Concrete and Safety.

Seminar topics include “Use Science – Not Luck (to Minimize Floor Cracking)”, “Polished Concrete Maintenance”, “Navigating Your Construction Contract”, “Winning The War on Attitude”, and “Death on the Job”.

Attendees can take advantage of the ACI Flatwork Finisher Certification class and exam which will be offered September 14.

Additional opportunities include a golf tournament, kart racing, Phoenix Art Museum tour, and a visit to an Arabian horse ranch.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them with a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry, such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 725 member companies in the United States and 15 foreign countries.  For more information visit the website at www.ascconline.org or call (866) 788-2722.

Tenth Annual Decorative Concrete Awards

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The Decorative Concrete Council, (DCC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, in partnership with Concrete Construction magazine, announces its tenth annual Decorative Concrete Awards.  The competition is open to DCC members and non-members.

Entries are invited in the following categories:  overlays, cast-in-place stamped and special finishes, stained, polished concrete, polished overlays, countertops, vertical application, concrete artistry, multiple applications, architectural concrete, decorative environmental, and project video.  With the exception of countertops, two awards may be given in each category, for projects 5,000 SF and less, and projects over 5,000 SF.  Submittals are judged on craftsmanship, aesthetics, functionality and creativity.

The deadline for submittal is September 30, 2017.  The awards will be presented at the World of Concrete 2018.  For more information, or to enter go to www.ascconline.org or call 1-866-788-2722.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 725 member companies in the United States and 15 foreign countries.  For more information visit the web site at www.ascconline.org or call 866-788-2722.

 

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