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Holland Construction Partners with Fairview Heights on City’s Future Rec Center

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When the City of Fairview Heights began moving forward with plans to build a recreation complex they looked for a construction partner with long standing ties to the community, someone they could trust to help make their vision for this new facility a reality.

“A couple of years ago when Mayor Mark Kupsky came in, he had a lot of new ideas for our City and a recreation center was one of them,” said Angela Beaston, Director of Parks and Recreation for Fairview Heights. She said the 30-acre site for The Recreation Complex, Fairview Heights’ 58,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor rec center, is the former location of Our Lady of Assumption Church at Bunkum Road and Interstate 64 on the city’s west side. Grant School District 110 purchased the property after Our Lady merged with St. Albert the Great to form Holy Trinity Catholic Church and School on Fountains Parkway.

As plans for the future recreation center progressed, the City hired Sports Facilities Advisors to conduct a feasibility study, Beaston said. Out of that study came recommendations for what the $18 million project would entail. At that point, she added, the City chose local architect, EWR Architects Inc., for the design and began interviewing various construction management firms. Holland Construction Services’ experience in building rec centers in the St. Louis region gave the City confidence that the company was a smart pick.

“What really attracted us to Holland was that they’ve built so many projects of this nature,” Beaston said. “Holland has experience in making recreation centers happen, and we felt very comfortable in the work they’ve done in this specialty area,” she said. City staff visited the Bridgeton Recreation Center – a slightly smaller yet similar type of project that Holland recently completed – and were impressed by what they saw, she added.

“We really, really liked it,” said Beaston, referring to the 56,000-square-foot Bridgeton center that Holland completed in early 2016. “Other construction companies were certainly also qualified but we chose Holland not only for their experience, but also because it’s easy to work with them. Everyone at Holland that we’ve worked with so far couldn’t have been nicer or more understanding of what we want our project to be. Holland’s pre-construction department’s management of the estimating and subcontractor bidding process resulted in a project that met our goals for the recreation center within our budget. We’re confident in Holland to meet our ambitious construction timeframe,” she said. “Our target date for completion is February 2019, which is the City’s 50th anniversary. This new center, recently branded as The REC, will be the location of our kick-off celebration.”

Holland Project Executive Ryan Savage and Project Manager DJ Weymouth said the builder’s goal is to work as a relationship-based contractor rather than a low-bid contractor. “We truly take a team approach with every project we build,” Savage said. “And that team not only includes Holland, but also our architectural partner, our subcontractors, our suppliers and most definitely our client, in this case the City of Fairview Heights. We believe in bringing everyone into the process as early as possible, and building those relationships early on as well.”

Nearly 12,000 square feet of the recreation center will be dedicated to an indoor aquatic facility with a 25-yard multi-lane lap pool, children’s spray ground, slides, sprays, lazy river and a vortex. The center will also feature a 6,000-square-foot fitness center with areas for free weights, floor exercise, aerobic and group fitness; a gymnasium; a climbing structure; elevated running tracks; a 400-meter, six-lane running track; a game area for billiards, cards and table tennis; locker rooms; multipurpose and party rooms, and administration offices. Outdoor soccer fields, a dog park, pavilions, playgrounds and a 1.5-mile walking path and nature trail are also part of the plans.

“We’re excited and honored that the City of Fairview Heights selected Holland,” said Savage. “We view it as a special opportunity to be building this rec center – not only for the City of Fairview Heights, but also for the entire community and visitors to the City. We take that seriously and we take pride in that,” he added.

Holland has a long history of building projects in the City of Fairview Heights. Over the past 10 years, some of the larger Holland projects include the new Hobby Lobby, Kirklands, Fairview Heights Engine House #2, and Holy Trinity Catholic Church and School.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout the Midwest since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.


American Society of Concrete Contractors Forms Mentor Advisory Board

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The Emerging Leaders Committee of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, has formed a Mentor Advisory Board to provide advice to ASCC members who don’t need a full-time mentor, but could use the experience and wisdom of a seasoned counterpart.

Advisory Board members are long time ASCC members with decades of concrete contracting field and management experience. They will handle questions regarding contracts and other legal matters, business development, business management, safety operations and finance.

“This Board is meant for brief telephone calls between contractor members,” explained Kevin Riley, chair of the ASCC Emerging Leaders Committee. Staff matches callers with Advisory Board members so there is no conflict of interest.

Three years ago the Emerging Leaders Committee established a mentor/mentee program for ASCC members which pairs concrete construction professionals with lesser experienced contractors in a long term guided program to share knowledge and experiences. “Mentees can be any ASCC member seeking to augment their general knowledge or someone looking for guidance in a particular discipline,” says Todd Scharich, ASCC director of member services.

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.  For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

Wiegmann Completes Hvac Design/Build Work At Quality Custom Distribution Warehouse In Florida

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Wiegmann Associates has completed design/build HVAC and refrigeration work at a new Quality Custom Distribution refrigerated warehouse in Apopka, Florida. The general contractor was ARCO Beverage Group.

Wiegmann completed work on the office and warehouse HVAC and refrigeration systems for the newly constructed 180,000-square-foot food warehouse on a fast-track timeline of just eleven months.

The project included HVAC systems for 14,450 square feet of main office and warehouse office areas and 87,000 square feet of warehouse space; and energy efficient refrigeration systems for 81,000 square feet of cold dock, cooler, meat cooler, tomato room and freezer spaces. Wiegmann engineered the refrigeration systems and added automation controls on the evaporators and rooftop condenser units to help the client save on energy costs.

A division of Golden State Foods, Quality Custom Distribution Services (QCD) provides custom distribution services to customers throughout the United States.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.


StructSure Scaffold & Insulation Receives Two ZERO Injury Safety Awards

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NMAPC Recognizes Specialty Contractor for Commitment to Safety 

StructSure Scaffold & Insulation, a specialty scaffolding and insulation contractor, was honored by The National Maintenance Agreement Policy Committee (NMAPC) with two Zero Injury Safety Awards (ZISA) during the November 2nd gala for work performed at both the John Amos Power Plant and Big Sandy Plant in 2016.

“We are proud to receive the ZISA awards as StructSure identifies safety as both an investment and a commitment for our employees and partnering companies,” said Jim Ryan, general manager at StructSure Scaffold & Insulation. “Safety is the number one priority for our workforce, which helps us attain zero injuries on each job site.”

The ZISA award is the union construction and maintenance industry’ premier safety recognition program and recognizes an alliance between owner-clients, signatory contractors and local and international unions who worked together to achieve zero injuries on their industrial construction and maintenance projects.

“The awards recognize commitment to word-class safety performance and the NMPAC Zero Accident Philosophy demonstrated by Structure Scaffold & Insulation and its client, American Electric Power,” says Stephen Lindauer, CEO and impartial secretary of the NMAPC.

A Bronze Star was awarded in recognition of StructSure Scaffold & Insulation, American Electric Power and Charleston Building Trades Council for 285,764 labor hours worked without a recordable accident at the John Amos Power Plant located in Saint Albans, W.Va. A Certificate of Merit was awarded in recognition of StructSure Scaffold & Insulation, American Electric Power and Tri-State Building Trades Council for 167,809 labor hours worked without a recordable accident at the Big Sandy Plant located in Louisa, Ky.

For a complete list of the 17th annual NMAPC ZISA Safety Award winners, please visit NMPAC online:

Scaffold & Insulation is a specialty scaffolding and insulation contractor able to assist power plant owners working through scheduled outages with the highest level of productivity.

Western Specialty Contractors Launches National Account Program Providing Property Managers with Single-Source for Exterior Repairs, Restoration

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It’s enough of a challenge when the properties you manage or own are across the street, but when they’re across the country, time spent finding and dealing with building restoration contractors who understand and can meet the demands of varying materials and climates can delay vital repairs and maintenance.

The total cost of building ownership can vary greatly depending on the level of expertise, consistency and dedication of a building’s exterior maintenance and restoration team. Western’s National Account Program was designed to provide national and regional property owners and managers with a single-source for all of their building and structure exterior repair and restoration needs.

Western Specialty Contractors has branch locations spread throughout the United States, each with experience in a broad range of exterior services, including: concrete and masonry restoration, waterproofing, roofing, facades, coatings, rainscreens, historic preservation and disaster recovery.

“Western Specialty Contractors realizes that the little differences can make a large impact. A single point of contact at Western handles all of the responsibility and can increase speed to mobilization and reduce the hassle of paperwork. Each of our maintenance programs is custom-designed to meet the property manager or owner’s needs, reflecting their policies, procedures and organizational structure,” said Crystal Moyer, National Account Manager at Western Specialty Contractors.

Building owners and managers can depend on Western Specialty Contractors’ National Account Program for a high standard of excellence, no matter where their building or facility is located in the country. For more information about Western’s National Account Program,

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. 

Knoebel Construction Completes 50th Store In Five Years For National Fashion Boutique Altar’d State

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St. Louis-based Knoebel Construction has completed construction of the 50th store they’ve built for fashion boutique Altar’d State in five years, working with the retailer across 26 states. The new 6,088-square-foot Altar’d State store in Lone Tree, Colorado at the Park Meadows mall incorporates unique finishes that reflect the local landscape of the Colorado Front Range. Knoebel has worked with the retailer nearly since its inception and through rapid expansion, constructing stores that create a unique brick-and-mortar shopping experience.

“Our goal is to create a brand that represents the local community,” said Mary Beth Fox, chief branding officer for Altar’d State. “It’s important for our design team to put a little extra love in every store we build, whether it’s a special sitting room or design elements that tie in the local style.”

The new Lone Tree location features Colorado-inspired furnishings, a rotating display window platform with graphics of Aspen tree trunks, and Aspen leaf design accents. The store is also one of the first to integrate checkout video monitors that display messages about the charitable causes Altar’d State supports.

Knoebel Construction’s partnership with Altar’d State began in 2012. Knoebel currently is working with Altar’d State on several new stores including Ann Arbor, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; Madison, WI; and Omaha, NE.

Knoebel constructs and turns over each Altar’d State store in a short 77-day timeframe. Every store features elements that are unique from the others, and designs often evolve during the construction process.

“Changing the face of retail means looking for partners that are aligned with our vision,” said Fox. “Every store is like a custom home, specific to the market. We partner with Knoebel Construction because they embrace what we are looking to do as a company. Not every general contractor is willing to go the extra mile and adjust to design changes along the way. Knoebel jumps on board, embraces the challenge and are part of developing solutions to create the best store environment.”

“Knoebel Construction has been with Altar’d State almost since its inception,” said Matthew Mabie, president of Knoebel Construction. “We have seen the brand develop and evolve, but our store development team’s focus has never shifted. On every project, we help Altar’d State create a beautiful environment and a unique shopping experience that provides a place of rejuvenation and conveys the Altar’d State commitment to giving back.”

Altar’d State is a success story in today’s retail climate. Since it’s start in 2009, the company has expanded from 13 employees to nearly 1,500. Today, Altar’d State operates nearly 90 boutiques in 30 states, with plans for continued growth.

Altar’d State offers a place of respite and a distinctive shopping experience with the latest fashion finds, the most sought-after accessories and charming home décor and gifts.


Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction.

Great Rivers Greenway Seeking Community Input for Chouteau Greenway

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Community Feedback will Shape Goals for Project

Great Rivers Greenway and its partners are seeking more public input from area residents to help develop the community goals for the Chouteau Greenway project, which will bring a long-time vision to life as part of the region’s overall network of greenways. People from across the region are encouraged to complete an online survey at by Dec. 20, 2017. Hard copies of the survey are also available by calling 314-436-7009 or visiting one of the neighborhood meetings, festivals and pop-up events in the region.

“The partners envision Chouteau Greenway as becoming common ground – weaving together our diverse neighborhoods and communities into a vibrant and unique St. Louis experience enjoyed by all,” says Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “To achieve this, we need to hear from people so the design reflects their wants and needs. What will make them feel welcome and safe? What stories do we need to tell through signage, design or public art? What destinations do they want to connect to? We want to hear it all.”

The goal for the Chouteau Greenway project is to connect the areas of Washington University and Forest Park to the Washington University Medical Center & BJC, the Cortex Innovation District, the City Foundry STL and Armory projects, Grand Center Arts District, Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe State University, Midtown, Downtown and the Gateway Arch and Mississippi Riverfront. With spurs north and south, the greenway will likely stretch 5-7 miles, connecting area neighborhoods, employment centers, parks, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions.

Design teams interested in submitting their qualifications for the design competition were required to do so by Nov. 21, 2017. A jury, comprised of nine local and international experts, is currently reviewing all submissions and will recommend four teams to compete before the end of the year. Those four teams will be briefed on the project, including the survey results and community goals, in early January and will complete a conceptual design to show the community in April 2018. The jury will then evaluate the plans based on design and community goals in late April, and the winning team will finalize their design, completing the competition, in June 2018. The next steps will determine how to bring the project to life through further design, engineering, construction, operations and maintenance.

Great Rivers Greenway has also chosen 40 community members, out of the 205 who applied, to be a part of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to provide vision and guidance for the project. Additional stakeholder groups are forming to provide input throughout the process from a wide variety of agencies, businesses and organizations. For more information about the project and the survey, visit

Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 113 miles built so far. St. Louisans decided to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets – rivers, parks and communities.

Integrated Facility Services Installs Mechanical Systems for the Boulevard Senior Living of St. Charles

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) has completed design-build plumbing and HVAC work on The Boulevard Senior Living of St. Charles, which opened this fall in St. Charles, Missouri. The general contractor is HBD Construction, Inc. The developer is O’Reilly Development Company, LLC, whose operations/property management partner is St. Charles-based Arrow Senior Living Management.

IFS participated in the early stages of the design-build project, using state-of-the-art BIM technology and robotic layout to design the mechanical systems for the 180-unit, 195,000-square-foot independent living, assisted living and memory care facility.

A continuum of care community, The Boulevard Senior Living of St. Charles is located on a 10-acre tract at Ehlmann Road and Truman Boulevard in St. Charles County. The lodge-style campus features 90 independent living units, 62 assisted living units and 28 memory care units. The facility also includes community common areas, offices, a commercial kitchen, beauty shop, exercise and social rooms.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 270 professional and trade employees. 

McGrath to Design/Build $5 Million U.S. Paint Warehouse

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U.S. Paint, a developer and manufacturer of high-quality customized automotive and industrial paints and coatings, has contracted McGrath & Associates to design/build a new $5 million warehouse at their facility in downtown St. Louis.

McGrath will work in two phases to replace an existing warehouse with a 33,000-square-foot building while the manufacturing facility remains operational. During phase one, McGrath will erect a new pre-engineered metal building to provide new office space, a maintenance shop, a battery charging area and storage for raw materials. A connecting link will tie the new building into an existing manufacturing building to allow covered access for forklift truck traffic.

During phase two, the existing raw materials warehouse will be demolished and a new building erected to provide space for a quality control lab and liquid materials storage.

U.S. Paint, which employs 70 people, was the first company in the U.S. to sell urethane coatings and has developed new technologies for resins and multi-coat application. The company was acquired last year by the Japanese company Kansai Paint.

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.

Tarlton Garners 2017 Quality Concrete Award for Makeover to Bridge in Climatron at Missouri Botanical Garden

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Team refurbishes well-traveled bridge with ingenuity, sustainability     

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, garnered a 2017 Quality Concrete Award from the Concrete Council of St. Louis and American Steel Fabrication for the firm’s work on the concrete transformation of an original wood bridge that connects a main walking path through the Climatron®, a popular attraction to visitors at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

The Tarlton Concrete team replaced the existing 28-foot-long timber bridge deck with a new concrete deck constructed from precast planks welded to the existing steel girders. The concrete was cast into 28 pieces each 12 inches wide by 8 feet long by 4 inches thick with a wood-grain texture to mimic timber planks. Using the precast planks in lieu of a cast-in-place deck allowed the existing decorative fiberglass wraps on the girders to remain in place and cut the duration of construction in half, to less than two weeks.

In addition to the new deck, the bamboo-wrapped stainless steel handrail was upgraded with new bamboo that was attached using rope lashing. The new bridge is designed to accommodate humidity and traffic for years to come.

Creating the concrete planks to replicate real wood planks was a challenge completed last winter in Tarlton’s TEAM facility. “The precast molds were made of standard handset forms lined with an architectural wood grain rubber stamp,” explained Brian Shaffer, Tarlton Concrete project manager.

Tarlton turned to Raineri Ready Mix to develop the mix and colors for the planks. Raineri completed renovations to the Climatron nearly 30 years ago and was an ideal fit for the 2017 bridge project. After only a couple test pours of the specially blended mix and colors, the desired detail was achieved. “The variation of the color settling into the various niches of the rubber stamp truly replicated the color and texture of real wood,” Shaffer said.

According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, the term “Climatron” was coined to emphasize the climate-control technology of the iconic greenhouse dome that was designed to offer consistent levels of humidity to accommodate an extensive collection of plants, including many rare and exotic species. According to Shaffer, these conditions also proved ideal for curing the new concrete work.

In addition to Shaffer, the Tarlton Concrete project team comprised Michael Vemmer, project engineer; Jason Kennedy and Jeff Vogt, project superintendents; and Karen Espy, project assistant.

Tarlton began a second project at the Missouri Botanical Garden this year, serving as construction manager for the renovation and addition to the 7,000-square-foot Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum, due for completion next spring. The museum, which opened in 1859, is considered one of the most historically significant buildings in the Midwest and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets, also providing special expertise in concrete construction and restoration as well as hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services.

The design of the Climatron, which is the first geodesic dome greenhouse and conservatory incorporating the principles of noted American architect R. Buckminster Fuller, was developed by St. Louis architects Murphy and Mackey. It opened to the public on October 1, 1960, winning the 1961 Reynolds Award, an award for architectural excellence in a structure using aluminum. In 1976, the Climatron was named one of the 100 most significant architectural achievements in United States history. For more information, visit

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