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Hotel Indigo Underway in Downtown St. Louis

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Trivers Associates’ hospitality work dates back more than 20 years. Our St. Louis-area hotels alone total nearly 1500 rooms, 2,000,000 square feet and over $180M in construction cost. These projects include the Westin Hotel at Cupples Station, Embassy Suites at the Laurel and the conversion of the Adam’s Mark Hotel into the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

Our latest hotel project is in partnership with ViaNova Development and will finally revitalize the long vacant historic LaSalle Building in the heart of downtown St. Louis. The project is currently planned to open as a Hotel Indigo. Originally designed in 1909 by Isaac Taylor, the LaSalle Building rises 13-stories and features bay windows beginning at the third story with terra cotta and cast iron details at the first and second stories. Trivers is leading the design team through a full rehabilitation of this unique building as well as a renovation of the adjacent office building for use as an 88-key hotel. Exterior improvements on the LaSalle building include full window replacement for all upper stories, masonry and terra cotta repair, roof replacement, and a new rooftop bar with exterior patio. The adjacent office building will receive a completely new façade meant to deliver a modern interpretation of the historic bay windows on the LaSalle building. Trivers also served as historic consultant on the project working closely with the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

The Hotel Indigo flag is particularly well suited for this site as the required development of a neighborhood story utilizes a building’s placement within a city as inspiration for the design. With no shortage of historic material, the design team worked with the Owner and Hotel Indigo brand representatives to create a narrative focused on the history of transportation in St. Louis which then acted a lens through which the interior design was developed. The program includes a full restaurant and bar on the first level, meeting rooms and suites on the second and third levels, a fitness center and specialty roof top bar. Selective demolition is underway with full construction anticipated to begin this spring.

Team members include Nehring Design, KPFF Consulting Engineers, G+W Engineering, Civil Design, Inc. and KH Lemp.

In Memoriam Ralph V. Drury

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Ralph V. Drury

Ralph V. Drury
March 26, 1931 – March 16, 2017

Ralph Drury, formerly with Bloomsdale Excavating Co. Inc., passed away on March 16, 2017.  He served on the AGC of Missouri Board of Directors for 18 years in addition to serving on the AGC of St. Louis Board of Directors from 1986 through 1991.

Ralph was an Airman First Class in the U.S. Air Force, Executive Vice President of Bloomsdale Excavating Co. Inc., Past Grand Knight of K of C 1048, Past Commander of Legion Post 554, 18 Year Director of Associated General Contractors of Missouri, 20 Year Board Member of Mid-East Construction Association, 22 Year Trustee with Associated General Contractors – Eastern District Laborers Training, 30+ Year Alderman City of Bloomsdale, and General Partner of Pointe Basse Development.

Ralph lived life to the fullest with his loving wife Lucille, their children and spouses.  He was blessed with 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He lived a very full 85 years.  Ralph was a consummate provider, loving husband, father, grandfather, a walking sunshine of truth and humor and was known as “Giant Papa” to his great grandchildren.  He has helped shape numerous lives and because of him we hope to continue his GIANT Legacy.  Ralph had a tremendous work ethic and was a very generous and loving man that many looked up to.

Click Here for Ralph Drury’s Obituary

New BIA Study Shows Brick Buildings Cost Less than Precast, Metal and Glass

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Compares Actual Costs of Seven Common Commercial Exteriors

A new study comparing the construction costs of brick buildings to five common exteriors shows that brick with CMU costs less than precast concrete, metal panel curtain wall and glass panel curtain wall systems.

Conducted by RSMeans for the Brick Industry Association (BIA), the independent study compares total construction costs in five categories: three-story office building, three-story apartment building, five-to 10-story office building, four to eight-story hospital and a six-story dorm.

Comparisons include exterior installation and finish systems (EIFS) with metal studs (lowest cost), brick with steel studs, manufactured stone with steel studs, brick with CMU, precast concrete, metal panel curtain wall and glass panel curtain wall.

“National averages show brick costs less than perceived,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO. “Since it’s a non-flammable and non-combustible material, clay brick also offers superior fire resistance with a minimum one-hour fire rating.”

A three-story office building using manufactured stone with steel studs costs 2.7 percent more than brick with steel studs. Precast concrete costs 2.7 percent more than brick with CMU, and metal panel curtain wall costs 13.1 percent more than brick with CMU.

A five- to 10-story office building with a metal panel curtain wall costs 10.8 percent more than brick with CMU, and 5.7 percent more in precast concrete than brick with CMU. Manufactured stone with steel studs costs 4.2 percent more than brick with steel studs.

A three-story apartment building using manufactured stone with steel studs costs 3.6 percent more than brick with steel studs. Precast concrete costs 4.3 percent more and metal panel curtain wall 14.1 percent more than brick with CMU.

A four- to eight-story hospital project using metal panel curtain wall and/or glass panel curtain wall costs $2+ million over brick systems.

Six-story dorms with precast concrete cost 4.7 percent more and metal panel curtain wall costs 8.8 percent more than brick with CMU. Manufactured stone with steel studs costs 2.9 percent more than brick with steel studs.

BIA can provide cost data for these building types in virtually any U.S. zip code.

BIA at is the nationally recognized authority on clay brick construction representing the nation’s distributors and manufacturers of clay brick and suppliers of related products: 703-620-0010.

McGrath Completes Construction on New St. Louis Heart & Vascular Center

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McGrath & Associates has completed construction on the new $5.6 million St. Louis Heart and Vascular, a high-tech ambulatory surgery center and medical office facility at 3550 McKelvey Road in Bridgeton, Missouri.

McGrath installed a new exterior skin on the existing 21,000-square-foot two-story building, removed roof overhangs and raised the parapet walls to increase the building height.

The interior of the facility was fully renovated with high-end wall and floor finishes, and a glass and stainless steel stairway. The first floor features a catheterization lab/operating room with pre- and post-op recovery rooms, which double as sleep study rooms with Murphy beds. The second floor includes the cardiac physicians’ offices and exam rooms and a PET/CT scanner.

The Marcus Organization was the developer. Bates Associates was the local architect, Innersite was the interior designer and Vanderweil Engineering served as the engineer.

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

NGA Notice: Informational Pre-Bid Meeting

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LCRA Holdings Corporation will be hosting an Informational Pre-Bid Meeting for an upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) for site preparation activities at the 97-acre future location of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in North St. Louis. This Pre-Bid Meeting will cover the main components of the RFP, which will include soil remediation and excavation, grading of the site, underground storage tank removal, asbestos abatement of real property, utility removal, and demolition of Class I structures.

This meeting is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the scope and complexity of the activities and to meet other interested firms for potential partnering opportunities.

The official RFP is anticipated to be released by March 31, 2017.

The Pre-Bid will be held:


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Vashon High School – Auditorium

3035 Cass Ave, St. Louis, MO 63106

Technologies Making Huge Impacts On The Global Power Market

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By: Joey Shorter, Ph.D., Executive Director ELECTRI Foundation and NECA Director of Research

Some people believe there will be little change to the worlds’ energy mix over the next 20 to 30 years. They would say hydrocarbons will remain dominant with renewables providing no more than 10 to 15 percent of total supply over the next two or three decades. The Grantham Institute (see: “The Disruptive Impact of Technology”, Nick Butler, Financial Times, 03-06-17) has tracked and produced analytical data showing solar will take 23 percent of the power generation market by 2040 and 29 percent by 2050.

Additionally, electric vehicles will absorb 35 percent of road transportation by 2035. A third sector will have impact, wind power, taking up another 12 percent of the power market by 2050. In fact, some of the U.S. plains states are already producing 35 – 45 percent of their energy needs through wind power.

In 2016, the US Department of Energy’s research showed battery costs for electric vehicles had fallen 73 percent (from $1,000 per kWh in 2008 to $268 per kWh in 2015). Cost competitiveness of renewables will continue to improve as industrialization of solar, electric transportation, and wind power advance rapidly, especially in the United States and China.

A few facts are certain: solar power remains as the cleanest, most abundant, renewable energy source available; 1 kilowatt of solar power prevents 150 pounds of coal from being mined, and 300 pounds of CO2 from being released; just one day of sunshine meets the world’s energy needs for an entire year!

Watch these videos on impact of solar power and electric vehicles:



Electrical Contractors can move increasingly toward perfecting and capitalizing on solar production installation, storage and maintenance. The Electrical Training Alliance can continue to develop related instructional materials and training for the work to be done to expand solar and wind power components, as well as everything related to powering electric transportation. The McKinsey study from 1980 projected that there would by 900,000 mobile phone subscribers by 2000 – they missed, there were 109 million! The Grantham Institutes’ data projects energy will be cheap and plentiful, but volumes of use will be high with the world population growing to 9 – 10 billion. Hundreds of millions of people will be brought into the energy consumption market as regional economies are transformed with these low-cost energy supplies in Africa and South Asia. Such expansion is sure to bring huge profits for those geared-up to do the work.

NECA Technology – the Project for Applied and Disruptive Technology, explores the world of technology and keeps members informed of what’s happening today, and of what will be launched in the not too distant future.  Dr. Joey Shorter has an extensive background in education and experience in translating the work of academics into understandable, practical ideas.

Grow Native! Mingle with Native Plant Professionals and Author Alan Branhagen March 16, 2017

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Free event held at Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust, in St. Louis will be Alan Branhagen’s last lower Midwest public appearance before he leaves state for new position. Purchase a copy of his book at the event and have it signed by the author.

You’ve heard about all the benefits of native plants, but perhaps you don’t know how to get started choosing them for your own yard or property?

The Second Annual Grow Native! Mingle with Native Plant Professionals is designed to help you learn more about natives—in an informal setting—with native plant professionals, so you can get your questions answered and learn more about how native plants support songbirds and pollinators, and how to increase the ecological functionality of your yard or property.

As this event, to be held on March 16, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust in St. Louis, you can meet with local native plant designers and land care professionals, and hear a great presentation from Powell Gardens Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen, also author of the new book Native Plants of the Midwest. This will be Branhagen’s last public appearance in the lower Midwest before he leaves Missouri for a new position in Minnesota.

Grow Native! will have copies of Branhagen’s book available for sale—a portion of proceeds supports the Grow Native! program—and Branhagen will be available to sign your copy.

Event is free, but a $10 suggested donation will support the Grow Native! program and St. Louis Audubon. No RSVP required. Food and drink may be purchased on site.

Grow Native! is a 17-year-old native plant marketing and education program serving the lower Midwest. Grow Native! is administratively housed by the nonprofit Missouri Prairie Foundation. For more information about this workshop, the Grow Native! program, or the Missouri Prairie Foundation, call 888-843-6739 or send a message to

It’s Been a Good Awards Season for Mosby Building Arts

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A recap of the honors the St. Louis remodeling firm has earned in the first quarter of 2017

From the Golden Globes to the Oscars, the first part of every year is award season. St. Louis remodeling firm Mosby Building Arts was thrilled to experience their own award season, earning several recognitions from local and national organizations.

  • 5 Houzz Badges

Every year, Houzz delivers Service badges to industry professionals who are rated at the highest level of client satisfaction. The Houzz Design badge denotes project portfolios voted most popular by the Houzz community. 2017 Mosby’s 2017 Houzz badges are:

  • Mosby Building Arts for Customer Service and Design
  • Designer Jill Worobec for Customer Service and Design
  • Marketing Coordinator Toby Weiss for Design Photography of Mosby projects
  • A Specialty Room Finalist – St. Louis At Home Architecture & Design Award

A set of art studios for the grandparents and their grandchildren in a Creve Couer, MO finished basement were selected by the national judges for St. Louis At Home’s 2017 Architecture & Design Awards as a finalist in the Specialty Room category. See photos of the charming and productive art studios.

  • A Best Kitchen Design Firm – Ladue News Platinum List

The readers of Ladue News once again ranked Mosby one of the Best Kitchen Design Firms in St. Louis on their annual Platinum List, an on-line readers poll.

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for home remodeling, design and architecture in Metro St. Louis for 70 years.

Beyond Self Storage Facilities Under Construction in Metro St. Louis Area

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Construction is underway on two of the largest self-storage facilities in the St. Louis area, both of which are scheduled to open early summer 2017. Beyond Self Storage at McCausland in St. Louis and Beyond Self Storage at Chesterfield will be comprised of more than 100,000 SF each, with drive-thru loading areas, and they are being developed and operated by NorthPoint Development, who launched the Beyond Self Storage brand and a multi-facility development initiative in February 2016.

“We’re familiar with Metro St. Louis and we think there’s a real need for state-of-the-art self-storage” said Ben Hagedorn, Director of Self-Storage Operations for NorthPoint Development. “We’re very excited to be opening two Beyond Self Storage locations in the area and we hope to have a third project soon.”

Beyond Self Storage at McCausland will serve residents and businesses in Maplewood, Western St. Louis City, Brentwood, and Richmond Heights, as well as students from Washington University (Wash U), while the Chesterfield location is right down the road from Taubman Prestige Outlets and is very convenient for local residents and businesses, with over 100,000 cars passing on I-64 every day.

“The McCausland Ave. site was a former quarry and long-time vacant property at the busy Manchester Rd. intersection – we were literally digging up trash during site preparation, and we are pleased to see it transformed into a $10 million facility,” said Hagedorn. “Chesterfield is a wonderful community and we’re happy to offer a Class A facility in the market.”

Beyond Self Storage facilities feature a number of amenities that will distinguish them from other self-storage facilities in the area, including a drive-thru loading area with complimentary carts & dollies, 100% climate control (including drive-thru), state-of-the-art security, including computerized access control, digital video recorded cameras and motion-detected lighting, a business center with conference table, workstations, printer/copier and free Wi-Fi, online rentals and a self-service kiosk, a complete line of moving & packing supplies, and professional on-site management.

For more information about Beyond Self Storage at 2321 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO, please visit: or call 314.546.4084.
For more information about Beyond Self Storage at 17481 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO, please visit: or call 636.489.1679.

NorthPoint Development is a Kansas City-based real estate development, management, and leasing firm that was founded in 2012 and is principally focused on industrial, multi-family, senior living, and self-storage markets in the central part of the United States, with $2.1 billion in capital raised and 28 million SF of industrial properties, thousands of multi-family apartment units, and numerous senior living communities developed/managed.

The Korte Company Begins Work On 188,000 Square Foot Manufacturing Facility For Knapheide In Quincy, Illinois

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Construction is scheduled to begin in March on a new 188,000 square manufacturing facility for The Knapheide Manufacturing Co. in Quincy, Illinois. The Korte Company was awarded the design-build contract earlier this year.

The new plant will be located directly south of the company’s existing 480,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which was originally constructed by The Korte Company in 1995.

When completed in early 2018, the expansion is expected to create 250 new positions, including manufacturing, installation, and various support roles.

Headquartered in Quincy, Illinois, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is a family-owned business established in 1848.  For six generations, Knapheide has provided customers with high-quality, work-ready transportation solutions.  More work vehicles on the road today carry the Knapheide name than any other manufacturer.

Knapheide partners and customers include truck and van distributors, commercial dealers, commercial fleets, fleet management companies, government entities, utilities, and end-users across a wide range of vocational segments.


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