The Voice for the St. Louis Construction Industry

Category archive

News - page 2

Construction Complete on Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center

in Companies/Homepage Primary/News

As February marks Black History Month, minority-owned KAI Design & Build reflects on one of its most meaningful recent projects – the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center in Atlanta, GA.

Opened in October 2017, the $24 million facility, designed by KAI Design & Build in partnership with architectural firm Perkins+Will, features a striking likeness of Martin Luther King, Jr. on its facade as it stands as a cornerstone for the local community.

“The design for this new recreation and aquatic facility sought to represent an inclusive public amenity that is truly welcoming to all,” said KAI President Michael B. Kennedy, Jr. “I am humbled to have been a part of such a historic project. My hope is that this facility will be half as great as the man it represents.”

MLK’s daughter, Dr. Bernice King, spoke at the opening ceremony, noting that her father was an avid swimmer, but that her mother had never learned to swim. She expressed gratitude for the new facility, which she said gives young people an opportunity to enjoy swimming, just as her father did.

KAI worked with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks and Recreation to design a state-of-the-art, public facility that would promote community involvement and inclusion. The center is located at 110 Hilliard Street between the King Memorial MARTA station and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District. The original Martin Luther King, Jr. Natatorium, which opened in 1979, closed in 2012 due to structural issues.

In addition to being the lead architect on the project, KAI provided design-build MEP engineering criteria and design team project management on the new, two-story recreation and aquatic center, located just blocks from the original natatorium. The new pool was part of a $250 million Renew Atlanta Bond approved by voters in 2015.

The new, 63,000-square-foot facility includes a four-lane, 25-yard lap pool; leisure pool; fitness and weight room; climbing wall; multipurpose gymnasium; elevated walking/jogging track; recreation classrooms and locker rooms. Community and administrative elements include a multi-use event space with a warming kitchen to accommodate 200 people, a senior center, lounge area, computer lab, workroom, staff offices, storage, outdoor terrace and a substation for the Atlanta Police Department.

The building’s design also maximizes access from multiple directions for public transportation and the parking lots. The light-filled central lobby extends upward to connect the main floor and mezzanine. The centerpiece of the facility’s design is the glass-enclosed natatorium with a direct visual connection to the central lobby and onto an outdoor plaza for community activities. KAI designed the center to achieve a LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency.

For more information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center, visit

About KAI Design & Build

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. Since its inception in 1980, KAI has been instrumental in reshaping the urban environment through its expertise in housing, K-12 schools, transit facilities, collegiate structures, commercial buildings, sports and recreational facilities, government/justice centers and healthcare buildings. Beginning as an architectural design firm, KAI added mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering to give clients a full package of in-house disciplines for their projects. Today, KAI continues with its original core service of design and has quickly grown its construction management group since 1997. Additionally, KAI is a leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM), applying the skill set to architectural, engineering and construction projects firm-wide. KAI’s affiliate locations include Atlanta, Omaha, Dallas and San Antonio. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit or call 314-241-8188.


Patient Care Drives Innovative Design

in Companies/News

From the latest issue of Medical Construction and Design

Healthcare delivery is constantly changing as new research, innovative technology and educational methodologies challenge how medicine is practiced. Fresh thinking, tools and talent are just part of the equation for a healthier tomorrow. The design and operation of healthcare facilities must also enhance the human experience and accommodate the ever-changing needs of physicians, staff and patients.

Putting the Patient First

The Lauritzen Outpatient Center in Omaha, Nebraska, opened last year as a new leader in patient-centric care. HOK led the overall programming for the center and guided the medical planning and layout of the clinical spaces. RDG provided architectural, interior design and medical documentation.

Planned and design with the patient experience as a guiding principle, the hospital’s patient amenities are located throughout the facility. These include hospitality-style seating, grab-and-go food service and phone chargers in waiting areas. But perhaps the most valuable amenity of this 170,000-sq.-ft. facility is more subtle: the intuitive wayfinding cues it provides for patients.

An orthopedic clinic, radiology department, outpatient pharmacy and rehabilitation gym are co-located on the first floor, allowing patients to make multiple appointments during the course of one visit. These departments were previously located on two separate floors. To streamline the experience and provide less stress, patients now only need to check in once at the traditional reception desk or a self-service kiosks.

The design also relieves stress in how it structures the patient and staff flow and organizes exam rooms. Patients enter through public-facing hallways with reduced traffic mitigated by the displacement of staff in designated work areas. Staff enter through the rear from the work areas, creating a streamlined patient and staff flow. Rooms are arranged in pods surrounding common staff work areas.

Designed with LEAN principles to improve efficiency and reduce costs, patient rooms are outfitted with key amenities and medical equipment arranged in the exact same way with interchangeable parts. This allows rooms to have flexibility and serve changing patient needs while providing stability to improve medical care.

HOK’s team planned the new Duke Eye Center in Durham, North Carolina, with a strong focus on the patient. Their needs were considered at every step of the design process for this 127,000-sq.-ft. facility.

For individuals with vision problems, spaces with sharp edges and bold lines can be difficult to navigate. In response, the Duke Eye Center includes many round-edged walls and soft surfaces that help patients travel through the facility. Strategically placed and sized windows allow patients with varying levels of light sensitivity to still experience a connection to the outdoors while receiving treatment. Future phases are planned to include communal garden areas that accentuate textural and sensory stimuli.

To expedite wait times, the Duke Eye Center features pre-arrival and kiosk check-in options. Additional features include living room-styled waiting rooms for families to relax, color-coded wayfinding for easy navigation and a layout that limits the need for patients to move through the building.

Considering the Community

To better serve patients, healthcare providers have begun to engage more with the community to locate facilities in more appropriate settings for acuity and cost. Nebraska Medicine, for example, developed a strategy to provide ambulatory services outside of the main campus’s acute care environment. Ambulatory services are now offered at Village Pointe, a suburban site, and at the Lauritzen Outpatient Center adjacent to the main hospital campus.

With the addition of the Lauritzen Outpatient Center, residents now have access to the best services of the academic health center in a convenient, accessible setting. This move to community-based ambulatory care represents a huge shift within the healthcare industry. Urban planners can help organizations strategically place outpatient facilities on sites that are easily accessible for more people and that reduce the commute for many seeking treatment. Instead of patients having to travel to a central hospital or medical facility for both inpatient and outpatient procedures and appointments, they can visit several regionally located outpatient facilities. This reduces traffic to other facilities and expedites treatment for patients.

In the past, equipment for tests and procedures like chemotherapy and radiation needed to be housed at a hospital. With the latest advances in technologies, these treatments have become increasingly mobile, offering more flexibility to patients.

Where the Pros Go

Today’s professional athletes are attuned to the idea that holistic care off the field is critical for them to perform at the highest levels on the field. Nutrition, training and treatment are important considerations for optimizing athletic performance. With access to the best sports medicine, the world’s most elite athletes have forged a more well-rounded approach to fitness that is transforming how we think about preventative and rehabilitative medicine.

The Emory Sports Medicine Complex in Brookhaven, Georgia, has taken that approach with a new facility to serve both professional athletes and members of the community. This 90,000-sq.-ft. complex houses the training facility for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks as well as the Emory Health Sports Medicine practice.

For the Hawks, two full basketball courts, a weight room, a lap pool, cryotherapy chambers and recovery suites will keep the NBA team flying high. A dedicated entrance serves the sports medicine practice with a view of the main practice courts. From there patients can enter exam rooms complete with imaging facilities and physical rehabilitation. Additional amenities include 3-D motion capture technology and performance improvement services provided by Peak Performance Project (P3).

A similar facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will help the athletes representing the United States in the Olympic Games perform at the highest levels. As part of the “City for Champions” sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the 110,000-sq.-ft. William Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs will train and heal the country’s most elite athletes while providing a place of study for sports medicine students. The building will include a sports medicine clinic, physical therapy and rehab space, tactical performance and outdoor space, anatomy/physio lab, research labs, lecture halls, classrooms and administrative space for faculty and staff. HOK, RTA Architects and JE Dunn Construction are collaborating as the design-build team.

Healthier, Happier Patients

Whether through efforts to improve the healthcare experience, make access more convenient for communities or offer holistic treatment, the needs of patients will continue to drive the way new facilities are planned. With a focus on wellness and the overall experience at a facility, we can design and operate these healthcare settings for healthier and happier patients.

Paul Whitson, AIA, LEED GA, is the regional leader of Healthcare in HOK’s St. Louis office. Paul has more than 25 years of professional experience in the planning and design of healthcare facilities, including academic medical center projects, ambulatory care, sports medicine and cancer centers.


ISC Contracting Announces Ownership Transition Plan

in Companies/News

ISC’s next president, Brian Stottsjoined the company in 1996 as an apprentice carpenter and worked his way up to his new role

The current leaders of ISC Contracting will transfer ownership of the contracting firm to a four-person team of current employees, effective December 31, 2019, ISC President Dan Green has announced.

With FY2017 revenues of more than $40 million, ISC is one of the Midwest’s leading commercial contractors and a nationally known retail contractor that has completed work in 20 states.

Green has been part of the company since its founding in 1982 by an ownership group that included his father, George Green.  Dan Green became a part owner of the business in 1987 and has led the company’s day-to-day operations for the past 31 years as its president.  Scott Seymour joined ISC a year later as superintendent of labor.  He was later promoted to project manager, and eventually, offered an ownership stake in the firm when named its vice president.

According to the terms of the agreement, Green and Seymour’s final ownership and leadership responsibilities will completely transfer on December 31, 2019 to four current employees, all of whom are currently minority shareholders in the company:

Brian Stotts

Brian Stotts, a 22-year ISC employee and a current shareholder, will be promoted to ISC president after serving as the company’s vice president of sales and marketing since 2014.  Stotts has spent most of his professional career at ISC, joining the company as an apprentice carpenter in 1996 and working his way up to project manager in 2000.   He will continue as a senior project manager while also taking on responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the company.  

Louise Mealer

Louise Mealer, a 20-year ISC employee and a current shareholder, has been promoted to vice president of human resources. After being a client of ISC, Mealer joined the company in 1998 as an assistant project manager and later added responsibilities as vice president of office services.  She will continue to serve as a senior project manager in her new role.

Chris GaylordChris Gaylord, a 29-year ISC employee and a shareholder, has been promoted to vice president of safety and field operations.  Gaylord joined ISC as a logistics manager with responsibilities for overseeing field personnel immediately after college in 1989 and advanced his way through the project management ranks in the years since.  He will continue to serve as a senior estimator and project manager in addition to his new role.

Matt Green

Matt Green, an 11-year ISC employee and a shareholder, has been promoted to vice president of finance.  The third generation of the Green family to be part of ISC’s ownership, Matt Green joined the firm in 2007 as an assistant project manager following his graduation from Marquette University.  Matt Green has LEED AP designation and leads the company’s efforts to incorporate construction practices that result in environmentally responsible, economically efficient places to work.  He will continue to serve as a senior project manager in addition to his new role.

“It’s always been our goal to find people with an old-fashioned work ethic, and who are loyal and dedicated to the company’s, customers’ and employees’ success,” says Dan Green.  “Then we give them the opportunity to grow. Our new leadership team is living proof.”

Green will formally retire at the end of 2019, but will be contracted to serve in a part-time capacity through 2026.  Seymour, too, is expected to continue working at the firm in a non-ownership capacity.  Dan Green’s father, George, maintained a presence at the office until his death in 2014 at age 92.

ISC began planning for this transition three years ago, according to Stotts.  “Our goal is to make the ownership handoff as seamless as possible for our clients,” he says.   “Dan and Scott may no longer be owners, but they will remain active in our operations for many years to come.”

“We will continue to follow the same philosophy our company has had since Day One,” adds Stotts. “We put our customers’ needs first, and do the best job we can with the best possible people.”   

ISC works with St. Louis’ leading architecture firms, including: Gray Design, Lawrence Group, Nehring Design, Domash, Arcturis, PGAV, KiKu Obata, O’Tool Design and Oculus.  The firm also maintains excellent ongoing relationships with the prominent region’s top property management firms:  Cushman &Wakefield, CBRE, Koman Group, Hertz, Lillibridge and Jones Lang LaSalle, to name a few.

Working with these firms, ISC has helped create many high-profile workspaces and retail locations in St. Louis and around the country.  That includes everything from the flagship Levis store in New York City’s Times Square, to law offices, banks, restaurants and corporate offices throughout the St. Louis region.  The firm’s most recent high-profile project is The Eatery, the new food hall at the One Metropolitan Square building in downtown St. Louis that opened on January 29.

The company’s EMR rate, which is used by insurance companies to gauge both past cost of injuries and future chances of risk, is a low .77, as a result of top-down commitment, ongoing safety training and safe work practices.  The .77 rate is effective through April 30, 2019.


The company also has longstanding relationships with several local charities, including Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis, Nurses for Newborns, St. Louis Area Foodbank and Stray Rescue.

“We believe in practicing what we preach,” says Dan Green. “That’s important, because we plan to be around for future generations of employees and clients.”

In The Next Issue of St. Louis CNR Magazine

in News

March – April 2018 CNR Preview


Site Development

What does it take to prepare a site for commercial construction? From clearing to grading, soil testing, underground utilities and communication cables and the role of GPS in locating and relocating infrastructure, a number of critical components need to be considered to deliver a successful commercial project. We’ll talk with experts in site development across the St. Louis region.

Building Material Suppliers

What are the latest commercial building trends in terms of exterior and interior materials? Suppliers who serve the St. Louis commercial construction market will weigh in as to what’s hot, what’s affordable and what’s sustainable.


St. Louis CNR will ask the pros about 2018 trends in commercial construction equipment, from heavy machinery to smaller-scale construction tools. What equipment is making jobs easier and more economical? When should you rent, lease or buy equipment? How do fuel efficiency needs weigh into the decision of which equipment to select? Is equipment theft still an issue on sites, and how are project partners addressing it?


Russell Apartments in Soulard

Propper Construction Services and Trivers Associates have combined their construction and design expertise to build the Russell Apartments,126-unit, $20 million, multi-story apartment community on the southeast corner of Russell Blvd. and Gravois Ave. in Soulard. The project is located on the old Faultless Laundry site. It will also include space for a new restaurant.

Route 141 at I-44 Improvements

Led by MoDOT, this $25 million project is progressing toward a June 2018 completion. New loop ramps on the east and west side of Route 141, a new flyover ramp from southbound Route 141 to eastbound I-44 and the bridge that runs between the loop ramps and the interstate ramps are all part of the project, designed to alleviate congestion and improve drainage. Major project partners include KCI Construction Co., Inc.; Millstone Weber, LLC; St. Louis Bridge Construction Co. and Pace Construction Co., LLC.

OSHA To Review New Silica Protection Rules For Contractors At 2018 Investment In Infrastructure Expo

in Associations/News

Officials from the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) will review the organization’s new final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica at the SITE Improvement Association’s Investment in Infrastructure Expo on February 27 in St. Charles. It is one of several rules and regulations OSHA will review with attendees to Expo.  The federal safety agency estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. St. Louis area contractors are invited to attend and learn about the rule’s key provisions and how to protect their workers.

“Millions of workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking,” said Terry Briggs, Executive director of SITE.  “Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system.  This presentation provides an excellent opportunity for local contractors to learn first-hand how these new regulations might affect their operations and their workforce.”

The 2018 Expo will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center and feature an afternoon of breakout sessions describing upcoming projects, an annual economic outlook for the local construction industry, an exhibit hall filled with industry vendors and a reception for all attendees, buyers and vendors. Last year’s event attracted more than 350 attendees and 50 vendors.  Tickets for attendees, which will include appetizers and drinks at the reception in the exhibit hall, are $30.  Sponsorship opportunities in the exhibit hall are available for equipment dealers and suppliers, as well as for construction, architecture, engineering and other professional services firms. Booth space has sold out. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 200 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members. SITE has been in continuous operation since 1966.  For more information, visit

Barb Anderson-Kerlin Named AIA President of St. Louis Chapter

in Associations/News/People

Barb Anderson-Kerlin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, has been named as the 2018 president of the St. Louis chapter of the American Institute of Architects. A senior associate project manager for HOK’s St. Louis practice, Anderson-Kerlin brings more than 30 years of experience into her new leadership role with the AIA.

“One of my biggest goals this year is to continue to guide the chapter to reflect the changing St. Louis architecture community,” said Anderson-Kerlin. “Another main focus will be to support AIA’s four strategic plan initiatives: knowledge, prosperity, sustainability and workforce.”

Anderson-Kerlin has served on the board of the St. Louis AIA since 2015 and chaired the chapter’s Volunteer Speaker’s Bureau, which seeks to introduce the design industry to underserved communities.

“Barb has been a bright, positive influence on our board of directors,” noted Steve Anton, AIA St. Louis’ outgoing president. “She routinely shares insightful perspectives on issues important to our membership.”

A mother of two grown daughters, three stepdaughters and one stepson, Anderson-Kerlin also hopes to use her leadership role in AIA to champion greater equality within the design industry.

“Decades ago I was told, ‘You need to decide if you want to be a good architect or a good mother, because you can’t be both,’” said Anderson-Kerlin. “While the issues women face have changed over the years, inequity, particularly as design leaders, still exists. With an increasing number of women graduating with degrees in architecture, the best thing we can do for the future of the profession is to support each other, mentor talented, young women and empower them to be leaders.”

At HOK, Anderson-Kerlin has overseen design teams working on complex commercial and residential projects.

“We’re incredibly proud of Barb,” said Eli Hoisington, AIA LEED AP, design principal at HOK’s St. Louis office. “Her commitment to the profession makes her an excellent choice to lead AIA St. Louis. We feel extremely lucky to have her leading and strategizing alongside us every day.”

In addition to her involvement with the AIA, Anderson-Kerlin has served on the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Build Council and currently serves on the Habitat for Humanity St. Louis board.

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.

Chasing Cheese for a Great Cause

in Associations/Companies/News

What could be more fun than a Mouse Race to help children’s dreams come true?

More than 250 employees, clients and friends of Murphy Company gathered Feb. 3 at Cheer Legendz in Chesterfield Valley to cheer on real mice as they competed in speed races – all to benefit the children of Make-a-Wish® Missouri.  Saturday’s event raised over $36,000, with  Murphy Company donating $15,000 to the pot to help dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Party-goers donned mouse ears, whiskers and other fun garb, and brought in food. Beverages were provided. The popular Plinko!, a 50/50 and other games completed the night.

This was the third annual Murphy Mouse Race, with more than $84,000 raised in the three years of events by the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.  With this support, Make-A-Wish® was able to grant 10 wishes over the past two years – with more dreams coming true with the additional $36,000 raised last Saturday.  For more information, or to donate, visit:


Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wishes of every eligible child diagnosed with a critical illness.  In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. Make-A-Wish® believes a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides them to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve.


Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions, temperature controls and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Murphy is ranked No. 18 on Engineering News-Record’s list of largest mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit

The Korte Company Breaks Ground For Senior Living Facility In Dimmitt, Texas

in Companies/News

The Korte Company, along with the Castro County Hospital District, broke ground in Dimmitt, Texas to celebrate the construction of a new senior living facility.


The approximately 47,000 square foot facility will feature six assisted living rooms for independent living as well as 54 long-term care rooms. The long-term facility will include 14 semiprivate rooms and 24 private rooms. Additionally, there will be a designated chapel, community room, and activity room. Residents will also be able to utilize the facility’s rehab area and wellness center. Another feature includes a dining room, which is also open to the public, allowing residents to interact with the community.

The new long-term care and assisted living facility will provide its residents with many life-enriching activities for the residents including physical therapy, art classes, day trips, and book clubs to name a few.

According to Chairman of the Board of Directors, Henry Ramaekers, “We feel that we are going to have a state of the art facility, and that it fits our mission statement of providing high quality, ethical, and cost-effective medical services for our county.”  He added, “We feel that we will be fulfilling a need for the elderly of our county, and we are proud of that.”

When completed in December of 2018, the facility is expected to provide additional employment opportunities, with an estimated 40 full-time positions. It will also provide the opportunity for senior residents to remain near family and friends while receiving the highest standard of care.

The cost of the project is budgeted at $10.8 million with a completion date of December 2018.

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

KWK Architects Designs Mizzou’s Newest Student Dining Experience

in Companies/News

When it comes to food choices, students at the University of Missouri have a variety of options to suit every taste, with a visit to The Restaurants at Southwest designed by St. Louis, MO-based KWK Architects.

Opened for the 2017-2018 school year at a cost of $15 million, The Restaurants at Southwest dining facility features something for everyone. Unlike the traditional, buffet-style, all-you-can eat service of most student dining halls, The Restaurants at Southwest offers a la carte service, which lessens food waste and inventory.

The Restaurants at Southwest features six restaurant-style dining options, which include:

  • Legacy Grill – Classic burgers, hand-cut fries, quesadillas, nachos and chicken sandwiches.
  • Tiger Avenue Deli – Philly-style sandwiches prepared and served hot off the grill.
  • Olive & Oil – Mediterranean-influenced pasta with house made pasta sauces.
  • 1+5+3 Soups & Salads – Made-from-scratch, healthy soups and salads that offer students vegetarian, vegan and allergy-friendly options.
  • 1839 Kitchen – Tasty comfort foods such as rotisserie chicken and other protein choices.
  • Truffles – Desserts, smoothies, yogurt parfaits, bagels and other healthy snacks.

The project also includes a separate Starbucks facility.

KWK Architects, along with associate architect Lawrence Group, was contracted in 2013 to design a 30,000-square-foot, 600-seat dining facility and adjoining residence hall to replace the Pavilion at Dobbs, which was demolished in September 2017 upon completion of The Restaurants at Southwest.

Located on the Southwest campus near athletic facilities and the university’s Greek Town of fraternities and sororities, The Restaurants at Southwest was designed to be a social hub for the Dobbs residential neighborhood.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at or 314-583-1757.


Spring an Ideal Time to Clean Building Facades & Survey for Damage

in Companies/Homepage Primary/News

From the tallest of skyscrapers, to the corner office and the downtown warehouse district, the stressors of sunlight, changing weather, water, building movement and settlement can break down and deteriorate building facades creating comfort, safety and maintenance issues that can quickly add to the cost of property ownership.

“Now that winter is almost over, spring marks an ideal time for building owners and facility managers to survey their buildings and structures for any damage that may have resulted from the cold, winter weather, make repairs and perform preventative maintenance to protect the exterior going forward,” said Western Specialty Contractors facade expert Jason Holtman.

A masonry and facade restoration specialist, such as Western Specialty Contractors, is recommended to identify problem issues such as cracking, efflorescence, spalling, control joint failure, and sealer or caulk failure and to recommend a repair and prevention plan that protects the property and tenant spaces from leaks and water damage. Proper facade maintenance will aid in reducing the likelihood of unexpected costs and repairs, plus help to maintain the property’s value, said Holtman.

Structure facades can be made from any number of materials including brick, terra cotta, granite, marble, sandstone, limestone, brownstone, concrete masonry units, glass curtain wall systems, Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems (EIFS) and precast concrete.  Likewise, they can all deteriorate for any number of reasons, including:

  • Lack of maintenance/funding
  • Movement
  • Freeze/thaw
  • Air pollution
  • Improper workmanship/design
  • Moisture

Ongoing maintenance is always recommended to minimize exterior damage, no matter what the building material. Holtman recommends regular, proper cleaning of the building’s facade in the spring.

“A clean facade projects professionalism, can increase sales for businesses located within the building, increase the life of the property, improve the building’s value and make surveying winter damage easier to see,” said Holtman.

Facade cleaning can be performed using a variety of methods including:

  • High-pressure water
  • Low-pressure water
  • Sandblasting
  • Wet aggregate blast
  • Hot water steam
  • Chemicals
  • Soda blast
  • Poultice
  • Glass bead
  • Sponge blast

For more information about building facade maintenance, contact Western Specialty Contractors at 314-427-1637 or visit

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit

Go to Top