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Construction Complete on New $2 M HopCat Restaurant in Delmar Loop

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Construction is complete for the new $2 million HopCat restaurant and craft beer bar in the Delmar Loop in St. Louis, Missouri, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor. The new 8,580-square-foot location features seating for 245 guests, draft bar, an outdoor beer garden that seats 100 guests and event space. The developer was BarFly Ventures and the architect was Cuhaci & Peterson.

The construction project consisted of renovating the historic building while preserving as much of the original structure as possible, including wood beams and exposed brick.  The entire roof structure was rebuilt and all utilities were upgraded, which required trenching open the adjacent street and sidewalk on busy Delmar Blvd.  Windows on the second floor had to be removed to install the commercial kitchen equipment.

HopCat is an award-winning beer bar founded in Michigan in 2008. There are now 17 HopCat locations across the United States.  Each location features a custom interior design and a beer menu showcasing local craft brewers.  The new St. Louis HopCat features more than 40 Missouri-made craft beers and ciders daily.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants.For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

Poettker Construction’s Golf Classic Raises $15,000 For Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Poettker-BBBS Golf Committee (2018)

Poettker Construction Company (Poettker) along with its business partners donated $15,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois (BBBS) from proceeds raised at the 2018 Poettker Golf Classic “Building Children’s Futures”, which was held on July 27, 2018 at Governors Run Golf Course in Carlyle, Ill.

“We sincerely appreciate the support we received from our friends, business partners, sponsors and participants of this event! This annual event gives us a chance to give back to the community which we have been a part of for 38 years”, said Kevin Poettker, BBBS Board Member and Director of Business Development for Poettker Construction Company.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used to support BBBS’s mission to help children realize their potential and build their futures.  Since 1980, BBBS of Southwestern Illinois has provided mentors for more than 500 youth facing adversity in Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties.

“Congratulations on a successful tournament! Everything was well organized and folks had a great time”, said Barbara Cempura, Interim President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois.  To learn more about BBBS of Southwestern Illinois, visit www.bbbsil.org/.

Thank you Poettker and BBBS golf committee members and volunteers for your  time and commitment to this event.

Founded in 1980, Poettker Construction Company of Breese is a second generation family-owned and veteran-owned business that focuses on building strong relationships while providing construction management, design-build, and general contracting services.  More information is available at www.poettkerconstruction.com.

Photo #1: Check presentation (L to R) Kevin Poettker, BBBS Board Member and Director of Business Development for Poettker Construction Company, Olivia Koch, Administrative Assistant for Poettker Construction Company, Barbara Cempura, Interim President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, Keith Poettker, President of Poettker Construction Company, Kim Luitjohan, Vice President of Finance for Poettker Construction Company

 

Wiegmann Associates Completes HVAC Renovation at Bellerive Country Club

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Wiegmann Associates has completed HVAC work at Bellerive Country Club. The design/build project involved renovating a three-story, 15,000-square-foot wing of the country club, which includes the Men’s Locker Room and Men’s Grill. Wiegmann was the Engineer of Record and Installing Mechanical Contractor. The general contractor was BSI Constructors.

The project included demolition of the existing HVAC systems and installation of new air handlers. Wiegmann value engineered a new energy-efficient and cost-effective system to address the large exhaust requirements of the locker room. Wiegmann’s HVAC solution pressurizes the facility in an energy-efficient manner by recovering energy from building exhaust air to temper outdoor air.

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.  For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

 

Materials Advances Promoting Jobsite Efficiency Across St. Louis

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By KERRY SMITH, Editor, St. Louis Construction News & Review Magazine

Advances in building materials are enabling specialty contractors to work even more efficiently and seamlessly with contractors and their subs on the job site.

St. Louis-based Superior Waterproofing & Restoration Co. Inc. President and Owner Tom Schmitt says that as commercial building materials evolve and improve at the speed of light, so do the methods by which they’re applied and installed.

“We cross over as a specialty contractor,” said Schmitt. “For example, although we don’t work in roofing, we do work with fluid-applieds…we do green roofs, and so do the roofers, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 2.”

In terms of skill sets, the expertise it takes to create a foundation – a horizontal slab under the ground covered with dirt – is essentially the same talent that is needed to install a roof, Schmitt says.

“We define ourselves as a specialty contractor,” he said. “We routinely do fluid-applied balconies and elevated parking decks, the latter of which is basically a roof that you’re able to drive on. The way designs are these days – and in light of all the advances in building materials – it’s possible for several different trades and specialty subs to overlap as to whom is capable of performing a specific task. With regard to who does what work, it has really gotten more confusing. But it has also afforded building owners an opportunity for their projects to move forward, stay on track and stay within budget, regardless of how tight the St. Louis construction workforce is at any given time,” he added.

Whereas in the past a company such as Superior Waterproofing & Restoration would self-perform tasks involving roll-ons, fluid-applieds and peels-and-sticks, Schmitt says these days most construction managers assign the task to subcontractors to avoid confusion and congestion on the job site.

“Various trades including the carpenters, painters and bricklayers are generally the ones getting in there and performing this type of work,” Schmitt said, “with the exception of the EIFS (exterior insulation and finishing system) people. They generally perform their own work because there are big warranties involved with it. Pretty much whatever trade claims the work depends upon what material is going on.”

Efforts to Bring Container on Vessel Service to the St. Louis Region Picking Up Speed

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Innovative waterway vessel will deliver significant transportation savings for shippers while revolutionizing freight movement on the Mississippi River  

Plans to transport freight via innovative waterway vessels will revolutionize the inland waterway system and provide significant transportation cost savings for shippers, especially those accessing the Midwest by utilizing the Mississippi River and its tributaries, according to Sal Litrico, CEO for American Patriot Container Transport, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Patriot Holdings LLC.

Litrico presented information about Container on Vessel (COV) innovations at two St. Louis Regional Freightway Industry Forums in late August in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by America’s Central Port, the Jefferson County Port Authority, Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District, and Riverview Commerce Park, LLC. Litrico said shippers could potentially save between 30 to 40 percent versus other intermodal alternatives by using patented vessels capable of carrying mass quantities of containerized freight on an all-water route connecting ports in the St. Louis region and other ports in the Midwest to the lower Mississippi River, and ultimately to Asia, Europe and other foreign ports. Litrico said those projected savings would come without compromising the necessary levels of frequency and reliability. Stakeholders from all modes of the freight industry and the agriculture industry learned more at the St. Louis Regional Freightway Industry Forums from Litrico and others about plans for COV shipments coming to the Midwest.

The expansion of the Panama Canal opened the door to an all-water route into the Midwest. The widened canal can accommodate larger vessels (from 5,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) to 18,000 TEU) whereas, previously, 60 percent of ocean going vessels could not fit through the canal. With the additional travel time to the Gulf Coast offset by congestion-related delays and longer dwell times at the West Coast ports, shippers now have a viable and efficient alternate route. That new all-water route for bigger vessels to access the heartland of America via the planned Plaquemines Port container terminal provides economies of scale which permits deeper market penetration into the United States from the Gulf Coast, eroding cost advantages previously associated with the East and West Coasts.

“Cargo flows to the lowest cost, most efficient route, so all we had to do was build the lowest cost, most efficient route,” said Sandy Sanders, Executive Director of the Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District (PPHTD). PPHTD has Memorandums of Understanding in place with the St. Louis Regional Freightway and various ports in the St. Louis region and throughout the Midwest, as well as an agreement with innovative marine transportation leader American Patriot Holdings LLC (APH).  “We’re going to revolutionize onward movement of cargo to the Midwest and from the Midwest to the world, utilizing the first interstate highway, the inland waterway system,” Sanders added.

Sanders and Litrico said the goal is to develop a hub-and-spoke transportation system for container transport vessel shipments from Plaquemines, at mile 50-55 on the Mississippi River south of New Orleans, to Midwest markets, which represent 40 percent of U.S. land area and 15 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product or GDP.

They view this COV approach as a way to move a critical mass of containerized product significantly faster than Container on Barge (COB), resulting in lower landed transportation costs. This insight indicates just how significant the cost savings could be for this new waterway transportation alternative that also would deliver many other benefits, including improved reliability, enhanced operational safety and reduced environmental impact.

The specialized APH vessels that would be used to provide the COV service have patented features enabling high cargo payload and unprecedented upriver speeds. APH’s Liner vessel will carry up to 2,500 containers at speeds of 13 miles per hour with virtually no wake, making round trips from Plaquemines to the St. Louis region possible in 10 days, significantly faster than other options. In contrast, COB transport, which moves at between 4 to 5 miles per hour on upriver trips, takes from 20 to 24 days of total transportation time. Despite the additional days of ocean carrier transit time from Asia to the U.S. Gulf Coast versus Los Angeles-Long Beach, the estimated net transportation time to St. Louis regional shippers is indistinguishable due to intermodal delays  and West Coast dwell and delay times.  Growth at the combined Los Angeles-Long Beach ports is anticipated to increase from 16 million TEU in 2017 to 40 million TEU in 2030 said another presenter, Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition.

APH’s Hybrid vessels would be a little smaller and more nimble, so that in addition to making direct trips between the Port of Plaquemines and Midwest ports along the Mississippi, they would also connect with other ports on the tributary rivers above the locks and dams, picking up additional freight and supporting the hub and spoke system. APH anticipates today’s COB services would also support the system as a feeder vessel. Final engineering and designs are underway for the innovative APH vessels which recently completed model testing in Germany.

Sanders said the new multimodal gateway terminal being built at the Port of Plaquemines would be capable of servicing the largest ocean carriers (20,000+ TEU) and could accommodate eight unit trains right up to the dock, in contrast to other large ports where one unit train would have to be cut three times to get through the yard. The new terminal will feature modern terminal technology to expedite container throughput and be served by 15 150-gauge cranes. Sanders also talked about recently securing permission at an adjacent naval airport for cargo planes to land.

With the ability to handle so much cargo mass between the vessels, the gateway terminal, and additional terminals envisioned at Midwest ports, such as the Jefferson County Port just south of St. Louis, the all-water route from Asia, and other foreign ports, to the Midwest will significantly reduce shippers landed transportation costs versus rail and truck costs from other gateway ports. Litrico said a recent study indicates those savings would range from at least 30 percent for products being exported to 40 percent for imports, compared to shipping product to or from the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports to the Midwest via rail.

“Our mode of transportation is the principal driver of the savings,” Litrico added.  “It’s about critical mass, speed, optimizing logistics, vertical integration and providing the lowest landed transportation costs.”

“What excites me about the APH model is that it allows these farmers to engage in the international marketplace without having to have huge economies of scale,” said Steenhoek. He added, “A supply chain is more viable if you can have a robust inbound movement and a robust outbound movement. It’s encouraging that there’s so much interest from non-ag industries in this alternative.”

“Located at the multimodal crossroads of America, the St. Louis region is recognized as a leader in transportation,” Dennis Wilmsmeyer said. Wilmsmeyer is the executive director of America’s Central Port. “But those of us trying to get a piece of the projected growth in freight volumes need to get creative. Freight needs to find the lowest cost alternative, and the containerization of various products, ranging from tires and scrap metal to agriculture products, such as specialized soy beans, is part of the solution.”

“The key to success,” said Mary Lamie, Executive Director of the St. Louis Regional Freightway, “is going to be the integration of all modes of transportation and building the partnerships to jointly create the volume needed to support this new option to transport freight. It’s an innovative alternative that offers reliability, efficiency, cargo flexibility, sustainability, and a competitive price advantage. We are starting to engage with shippers and carriers to let them know about this new option.”

Ultimately, the world-class multimodal network in the St. Louis region helped it fit into the developing plans but given the need to create the volume required to make the service viable, partnerships with other ports in other Midwest regions is essential for success. Those partnerships are being forged and representatives from ports in Memphis, Kansas City, which are also in discussions with American Patriot Holdings, attended the recent St. Louis Regional Freightway Industry Forums along with representatives from ports in the St. Louis region. Similar events to update cargo owners, shippers, carriers and leaders in the freight and agricultural industries are planned, a clear indication that competitors recognize that the power of collaboration may be the key to success for this particular initiative as they work together create the volume needed to support the service.

“This type of program can really give us a visible implementation of the system which will make the Mississippi River and its tributaries a power house. It will literally be another Gulf Coast,” said Randy Richardson, Executive Director of the Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission. “Then we have a physical, tangible point to say this is a system and it needs to be funded as a system, and we need to look at it that way in congress and then we will have infinitely more power.”  Richardson attended the St. Louis Regional Freightway Industry Forum and shared his comments during the question and answer portion of the program.

Sanders and Litrico’s next step to advance the COV effort is continuing to line up cargo for the return trips, the trips back down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. To that end, the STC/ISA (Soy Transportation Coalition/Illinois Soy Association) which represents 13 states and 85 percent of the soy production in the U.S. just completed a third party study. The study, conducted by Informa economics, evaluated grain exports from the Midwest utilizing the APH/PPHTD all-water route to Asia versus intermodal to the West Coast. The study concluded the all-water routing demonstrated significant savings.  The full report and its findings will available on STC’s website within the next few weeks.

About St. Louis Regional Freightway

The St. Louis Regional Freightway is a Bi-State Development enterprise formed to create a regional freight district and comprehensive authority for freight operations and opportunities within eight counties in Illinois and Missouri which comprise the St. Louis metropolitan area. Public sector and private industry businesses are partnering with the St. Louis Regional Freightway to establish the bi-state region as one of the premier multimodal freight hubs and distribution centers in the United States through marketing, public advocacy, and freight and infrastructure development.  To learn more, visit thefreightway.com.

Museum at Gateway Arch National Park to Screen Monument to the Dream with Live Orchestra Oct. 27, in Tribute to Composer Robert Wykes

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At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, St. Louis musicians will gather in the new museum at Gateway Arch National Park for a special screening of the digitally restored Monument to the Dream, Charles Guggenheim’s esteemed documentary film about the building of the Arch.

The screening, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s nomination for an Academy Award in the best “Documentary Short” category, will be accompanied by a live performance of its musical score, which was composed by Robert Wykes, professor emeritus of music at Washington University in St. Louis. The performance will draw together top local musicians under the baton of Darwin Aquino, who recently was appointed conductor of the Washington University Symphony Orchestra. The event also will feature a new concert arrangement of Wykes’s score for a second Guggenheim production, Time of the West, a documentary about 19th-century expansion west of the Mississippi.

“Viewing the Monument to a Dream documentary has become a much-loved tradition for visitors of the Gateway Arch,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. “The film brings to life the awe-inspiring efforts of the tradespeople who brought the monument from vision to reality. Watching the documentary with a live orchestra will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The performance is presented by the National Park Service, in partnership with Washington University Department of Music in Arts & Sciences and the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, with the assistance of Guggenheim Productions, Inc.

Admission is free, but tickets are required for entrance. Limited upper-level seating is available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve, call 314-935-6543. 

Arch Builders’ Reunion

Also on Oct. 27, the National Park Service will host its annual Arch Builders’ Reunion to honor the many engineers, tradesmen and support staff who contributed to the construction of the Gateway Arch from 1963 to 1965. The gathering, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the museum 10:30 a.m. to noon. Arch Builders will share memories and inspire current and future generations about the tenacity of their work ethic and their feats of engineering and craftsmanship that are showcased in the vintage footage of the film.

Representatives of the retired ironmakers from the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company in Warren, PA will also attend this year’s reunion to mark the opening of the new museum, where photographs, mementos, audio exhibits, and text panels document the workers’ stories and their contributions to the project. The group fabricated the steel sections that were shipped by rail to become the building blocks of the monument.

The combination of the Arch Builders’ Reunion and the evening concert offers the St. Louis community a special arts experience that highlights the role of St. Louis in American history.

Parking

Gateway Arch National Park does not have dedicated on-site parking. A list of downtown St. Louis parking locations within walking distance of Gateway Arch National Park is available at http://getaroundstl.com. Metered street parking is also available around the park. 

For More Information

Visit www.nps.gov/jeff or www.gatewayarch.com; or call 877-982-1410.

ABOUT GATEWAY ARCH NATIONAL PARK: The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Gateway Arch National Park, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch, which features the Tram Ride to the Top, the Museum at the Gateway Arch, the documentary film Monument to the Dream, The Arch Store and The Arch Café, is open daily during the winter from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The Old Courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Old Courthouse is located at 11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102.  Most programs are FREE of charge and open to the public. Programs and events at the park are made possible by the generous support from our cooperating association, Jefferson National Parks Association, and Bi-State Development. To purchase Arch tickets, go online to www.gatewayarch.com, call 877-982-1410, or visit the Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center at the Old Courthouse.

KWK Architects Designs Major Interior Renovations to Historic Corbin Hall at University of Kansas

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Complex, historic construction poses some design challenges 

Students returning to historic Corbin Hall at the University of Kansas – Lawrence (KU) for the fall semester stepped into a newly renovated, modern space complete with upgraded mechanical systems, a new main entry and upgrades to all student rooms, restrooms and public spaces.

St. Louis-based KWK Architects was tasked with designing the $13.5 million interior renovation, which required that the historic hall for women remain closed for the 2017-2018 school year.

“KU Student Housing is extremely pleased with the renovation of our historic Corbin Hall. The work of the entire KWK team allowed for a very successful and on-time project completion. The building was filled to capacity at move-in. Students and past residents of Corbin – many of them now mothers of current Corbin residents – have praised the updates that both renewed Corbin and honored its rich tradition at KU,” said Sarah Waters, KU Director of Student Housing.

The original Corbin Hall, completed in 1923 at a cost of $156,558, was designed to accommodate 107 students plus a house manager and social director, with six stories on the east side and four stories on the west side. Developed specifically to meet the housing needs of undergraduate women, Corbin became KU’s first dormitory. A north addition was completed in 1951 to accommodate an additional 180 students. Corbin Hall and its north addition underwent major renovations in the 1990s, which included improvements to the restrooms and living and study areas, plus the addition of computer and Internet hookups.

Under the recent renovations, the 99,240-square-foot hall received a new HVAC system that includes individual temperature controls in each student bedroom and new mechanical, plumbing, electrical, data and fire protection systems throughout.

KWK Architects also relocated the lounges on each floor to improve student interaction, improved accessibility features, renovated the laundry room, and added a multipurpose room and residential staff workspaces. Original fireplaces in three of the four central floor lounges were kept intact to maintain the hall’s historic character.

“Our approach to designing the interior was to always keep the history and purpose of this building as a forethought in every finish we selected,” said Meghan Bogener, AIA, IIDA, Project Architect and Interior Designer at KWK Architects. “We started with the carpet selection, choosing a contemporary abstract floral carpeting that was appropriate for a hall housing all women, yet had a modern look. We selected different accent paints from historical paint collections for each floor to help establish community identity and also provide wayfinding. We also made sure to give a nod to the building’s history by matching finishes where we could, such as selecting wood finishes and stains that tied back into all of the existing woodwork in the main building lounge.”

The hall’s bathrooms were completely replaced and upgraded for accessibility throughout the building with a combination of private bathrooms and community bathrooms with private shower stalls. The shower stalls contain shower units placed inside high-walled privacy stalls with locks that have a visual “occupied” indicator. Each enclosed stall has a drying/dressing area outside the shower. The toilet enclosures are surrounded by the same high-walled privacy stalls as the showers.

Another major improvement to the hall was renovation of the entry lobby. The existing entry lobby was dark and dated and created congestion, which did not allow for good security coverage and access control. The new lobby takes better advantage of existing windows, which provide more natural light and views to downtown Lawrence. Light-colored flooring and countertop materials as well as high-efficiency LED lighting were specified to brighten the space, and the new front desk was finished with wood to match the existing adjacent main lounge.

“We kept the existing main exterior entry vestibule doors and reworked the floor plan of the main lobby for a new two-station front desk that is centered on the door and welcoming, yet provides increased security coverage for both building wings,” said Andy Noll, Project Manager at KWK Architects. “The desk functions were married to a mail room behind to improve mail and package deliveries and distribution to the residents. The mailboxes were recycled from McCollum Hall, which was demolished in 2015.”

The renovated design has 149 bedrooms, including a mix of single, double and triple rooms, and can accommodate 314 residents. High-efficiency LED lighting was used throughout the building and each bedroom has dual light switching to allow students to control the lighting levels at the front of the room at the closets and at the back of the room where beds and windows are located.  This lighting configuration allows for students sharing a room to not disturb a sleeping roommate, plus allows for energy savings if the student chooses to use the natural light through the windows at the back of the room.

Corbin Hall had a very dated kitchenette with old appliances that was replaced with a completely new kitchen. The renovation allowed the new kitchen to become more public and centralized between the two wings for the residents and their guests to use. It was also renovated with windows to the main corridor to provide a visual connection and has an improved layout that encourages socialization and community through an accessible center island as well as a round dining table option.

Noll said one of the biggest challenges on the project was working within the complex historic construction of the hall’s south wing built in 1923. To add to the complexity, the central Residence Life offices located in Corbin Hall needed to be occupied, active and open to the students during the entire renovation.

“We conducted detailed site visits to really get to know and understand how the buildings were assembled. This gave us a sort of x-ray vision to understand how we could work within the constraints of the existing buildings. We then were able to determine what items could be left as-is or needed to be renovated or replaced to comply with current building codes.”

KWK discovered that the floor slabs under most of the bathrooms had years of water damage and needed to be repaired. Building an accurate BIM model of the existing building paid dividends to the design and engineering team as KWK worked though the design process.

“We were able to design around the existing built elements to reduce conflicts during construction between the new and the existing,” said Noll. “Working with the owner, cost estimator and construction manager at risk in a collaborative process, we were able to build in contingencies for unknown surprises that we encountered in such a complicated renovation project as Corbin. Combining a highly technical approach with our firm’s housing design expertise, we were able to deliver a cost-effective and functional design solution that met the client’s project goals.”

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 www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com.

Spartan Light Metal Products Breaks Ground In Mexico, Missouri

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The Korte Company has recently begun construction on a 135,000 square foot die cast manufacturing facility for Spartan Light Metals in Mexico, Missouri. The new state of the art facility will utilize lighter weight materials to meet the auto industry’s increasing demand for lightweight, more fuel efficient structural components. The move will help solidify Spartan Light Metal Products’ position as a leader in the growing electric propulsion systems market.

The project marks The Korte Company’s second project for Spartan Light Metals. In 2017, The Korte Company completed a design-build 92,000 square foot expansion for the company in Sparta, Illinois.

When complete in 2019, the facility will have the capacity for four large tonnage die cast machines, 3,500 ton or larger with the ability to cast either Magnesium or Aluminum.

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.

The Korte Company’s project expertise includes building for federal, state and local government agencies as well as the design and construction of school, healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, recreation centers and office complexes.

Fox Architects Awarded USGS Nationwide IDIQ Contract

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Fox will provide design services for the U.S. Geological Survey facilities and operations in 14 states.

Fox Architects is proud to announce their recently awarded IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity) Contract with the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey). Fox was awarded Contract Area Five which includes Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah.

USGS is a scientific agency of the United States government which studies the landscape of the United States and its natural resources and natural hazards. They employ over 8,000 people and are headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

The USGS is responsible for, and maintains, a national bureau-wide facilities operations program which includes: planning, design, constructing, contracting, renovation, replacement and repair, operations and maintenance, value engineering, sustainability, safety, security and training. Their facilities typically consist of a variety of building types from administrative, laboratory, visitor centers to utility and storage buildings.

For this IDIQ, Fox teamed with Cole & Associates, Inc. for Civil and Sanitary Engineering, SSC Engineering, Inc. for Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Structural and Fire Protection Engineering, SCI Engineering, Inc. for Geotechnical Engineering, John A. Jurgiel & Associates for Environmental Engineering, Stravis Consulting, Inc. for Communications Engineering and Everest Estimating Services for Cost Estimation.

Some of the A-E services consist of (but not limited to) are:

•        Design Services: schematic design and design development, value engineering and construction documents.
•        Investigation Services: topographic surveys and geotechnical analysis and Comprehensive Condition Assessments.
•        Planning Services: site, utility, infrastructure and facility planning studies and analysis including master planning and program support.
•        Construction Management: construction observation and inspections including commissioning services.

In addition, the Fox team has already been awarded its first two jobs. One is for the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center and the other is a new energy efficient mechanical replacement system for the existing EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This project will be a renovation and or construction of the Accessibility Systems for the building’s main entrance, internal spaces and restrooms of the Administrative Building on campus.

“The mission of Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is to provide scientific information needed to conserve and manage the Nation’s natural capital for current and future generations, with an emphasis on migratory birds, Department of the Interior trust resources, and ecosystems of the Nation’s interior.  Scientists at NPWRC study migratory birds, wetland and grassland habitats, pollinators, land management practices, and imperiled species in support of land management decisions and policies on private and Federal lands.  NPWRC is located on a 600-acre campus that includes laboratory, office, storage, and residential spaces.” (*Source: USGS)

The team at Fox is excited to expand their Federal Government portfolio with this new opportunity to work with the U.S. Geological Survey. Fox has extensive experience doing work for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Tennessee, Illinois and Missouri.

Celebrating 40 years in business, Fox Architects is an award-winning Architecture + Design firm that owes its longevity to its strong commitment to the success of their clients. Since its founding in 1978, Fox Architects has worked on a variety of projects from corporate offices to lab and industrial facilities, along with health care, higher education, retail, and restaurants.  See examples of Fox’s 40 years of success and read more at www.fox-arch.com.

Citizens For Modern Transit Recognizes “Champions Of Transit” At Its 34th Annual Meeting

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As part of its 34th annual meeting, Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) recently celebrated the incredible efforts of several individuals for their exemplary commitment to championing transit in the St. Louis area. During the event, which was held last week, CMT presented awards to City of St. Louis Alderman Terry Kennedy, City of St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards, St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson, City of St. Louis Alderman Joe Roddy and former CMT Board Chair Rose Windmiller. Recipients were recognized for their ongoing commitment to moving transit forward in the St. Louis area.

L to R: Kim Cella, Executive Director of Citizens for Modern Transit; Jimmie Edwards, City of St. Louis Public Safety Director; Sherriff Rick Watson, St. Clair County Sherriff’s Department; June McAllister Fowler, Chair of Citizens for Modern Transit’s Board of Directors. Not pictured is Terry Kennedy, City of St. Louis Alderman (Ward 18).

City of St. Louis Alderman (Ward 18) Terry Kennedy, City of St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards and St. Clair County Sherriff Rick Watson were recognized with a 2018 New Initiatives Award for a new collaborative effort to help further the safety and security of MetroLink on both sides of the Mississippi River. Through their efforts, bills were passed to support a mutual aid agreement between the City of St. Louis Police Department and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department to expand patrols in St. Clair County to MetroLink stations in St. Louis City, giving officers the opportunity to provide more seamless coverage of the system.

L to R: Kim Cella, Executive Director of Citizens for Modern Transit; Joe Roddy, City of St. Louis Alderman (Ward 17); June McAllister Fowler, Chair of Citizens for Modern Transit’s Board of Directors

The 2018 Chairman’s Award was presented to St. Louis Alderman (Ward 17) Joe Roddy for his vision, foresight and leadership associated with the development of the new Cortex MetroLink Station, which opened to the public on July 31. He understood the importance of an infill station and helped build positive momentum, excitement and grassroots support to put this project into motion nearly a decade ago.

L to R: Kim Cella, Executive Director of Citizens for Modern Transit and Rose Windmiller, former Citizens for Modern Transit Board Chair and current member of Bi-State Development’s Board of Commissioners.

Former Citizens for Modern Transit Board Chair Rose Windmiller was also honored with the 2018 Service Award for her longtime service to the organization, which spanned more than 20 years. Under her leadership, CMT spearheaded the feasibility study for the Cortex Station, ensured transit was a key component of the Forward through Ferguson discussions, secured millions in funding for ridership programming, improved security on the system and much more.

For more information about Citizens for Modern Transit, visit www.cmt-stl.org or call (314) 231-7272. You can also find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @cmt_stl.

Citizens for Modern Transit is a not-for-profit organization in St. Louis whose mission is to expand the light rail system in order to build more sustainable, accessible communities in the region. 

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