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McGrath Completes Work on $4.8 Million Hybrid Operating Room at Memorial Hospital Belleville

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McGrath & Associates has completed work on a new $4.8 million hybrid vascular operating room (OR) at Memorial Hospital Belleville in Belleville, Illinois. McGrath also recently completed the renovation of OR 6 at Memorial Hospital Belleville.  The architect for the projects was Archimages.

The hybrid operating room incorporates advanced surgical, imaging and monitoring technology for cutting-edge and minimally invasive endovascular surgical procedures. McGrath combined two existing operating rooms to accommodate the high-tech equipment, including a Siemens Artis Zeego robotic-arm imaging system and Storz monitoring equipment.

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. 

Post-Dispatch Names Cee Kay Supply a Winner of 2017 Top Workplaces Award

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Cee Kay Supply has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Post-Dispatch. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

Doug Claffey

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day-the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

At the core of Cee Kay Supply’s values is being people oriented. “Cee Kay Supply strives to make things better everyday for each of our employees, customers, suppliers, and community” said Ned Lane, President of Cee Kay Supply. “To receive the Top Workplaces honor for the first time during our history speaks volumes to the amount of work our employees and management team has put into Cee Kay Supply,” said Ned Lane. Cee Kay Supply looks forward to building upon the momentum of this award and raising the bar even higher on the value we place on all the people in the Cee Kay Supply community.

Cee Kay Supply is the largest independent supplier of industrial gases, welding and cutting equipment and supplies in Missouri. 

Headquartered in Exton, PA, WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. 

Inaugural ‘Commercial Construction Index’ Indicates High Revenue and Employment Expectations for 2017

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USG Corporation (USG) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Release Survey Results Gauging Confidence among Industry Leaders

Commercial construction is in high demand across the country and contractors are confident in the trajectory of the industry, according to the USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index (‘Index’), launched today. Nearly all contractors surveyed – 96 percent – expect revenues to grow or remain stable this year compared to 2016, with 40 percent expecting an increase and only 3 percent expecting a decrease in revenue.

The Index is a new quarterly economic indicator designed to gauge what drives the commercial construction industry and its leaders, including specific issues like backlog of work, new business pipeline, revenue projections, workforce issues, and access to financing. Given the sector’s importance to the U.S. economy and the outsized role it could play in years to come, the data contained in the Index will be vital to better understanding trends, challenges and opportunities. The research was developed with Dodge Data & Analytics (DD&A), the leading provider of insights and data for the construction industry, by surveying commercial and institutional contractors.

“This first-of-its-kind Index was born out of a need to understand the issues that affect commercial construction. The Index will deliver critical insights into the future health of the industry,” said Jennifer Scanlon, president and chief executive officer of USG Corporation. “USG is committed to providing solutions for our customers in order to help the entire industry make strong contributions to the U.S. economy. Through the Index we are able to identify areas of strength and pinpoint areas of improvement where industry leaders must focus.”

Two-thirds (66 percent) of contractors said they expect to employ more workers in the next six months, indicating growth in a sector that employs approximately 3 million Americans. But 61 percent of Index respondents reported difficultly finding skilled workers. The contractors reported the biggest shortages in the concrete, interior finishes/millwork, masonry, electrical and plumbing trades.

“The commercial construction industry is a vital engine for the American economy,” said Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “The projected growth uncovered in this research is good news for employers and workers, but there is reason for concern in the lack of qualified talent available in vital specialties. To get our economy growing to its full potential, we must ensure that we have a workforce that is ready to fill the available jobs. Each quarter, this first-of-its-kind research will make us smarter about future challenges and inform solutions for our country’s leaders.”

The report looks at the results of three leading indicators – backlog levels, new business opportunities and revenue forecasts – to generate a composite index on a scale of 0-100 that serves as an indicator of health for the contractor segment on a quarterly basis. The Q2 2017 composite index score was 76, representing continued health in the sector. This composite score is up two points from a 74 in the Q1 survey, driven primarily by a bump in the ratio between actual and ideal backlog. New business and revenue results also saw slight increases quarter-over-quarter.

The composite scores from the three drivers of confidence were:

  • Backlog: 81, up four points in Q2 over Q1. Contractors’ current average backlog levels represent 81 percent of their ideal backlog levels, up from 77 percent in Q1. On average, contractors currently hold 9.9 months of backlog, while the ideal amount is 12 months.
  • New Business: 77, up two points in Q2. Nearly all contractors continue to report high or moderate confidence in the market. Well over half of contractors (59 percent) reported high confidence in new business over the next 12 months (up from 51 percent in Q1), indicating a shift to higher levels of confidence among some respondents.
  • Revenues: 71, up two points in Q2. An overwhelming 96 percent of contractors expect revenues to grow or remain stable in 2017 over 2016. Of those expecting revenue increases, the actual percentage of expected increases varies widely. Forty percent expect revenue increases of 7 percent or more in the next 12 months.

The Index findings are compiled using survey results from contractors within a DD&A panel of more than 2,700 decision makers from across key facets of the commercial construction industry. This first public report was developed using research from previous quarters, which puts into context the state of contractor sentiment in the U.S. building industry.

About the Index

The USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index is a quarterly economic index designed to gauge the outlook for, and resulting confidence in, the commercial construction industry. USG Corporation and the U.S. Chamber produce this Index, along with Dodge Data & Analytics (DD&A). Each quarter, researchers from DD&A source responses from their Contractor Panel of more than 2,700 commercial construction decision-makers in order to better understand their levels of confidence in the industry and other key trends. This panel allows DD&A to provide findings that are representative of the entire U.S. construction industry by geography, size, and type of company.

Please note the Commercial Construction Index report is intended for general informational purposes only. It is not intended to support an investment decision with respect to USG, nor is it intended to be used for marketing purposes to any existing or prospective investor of USG. This report is not a forecast of future results for USG and actual results of USG may differ materially from those of the commercial construction industry.

Where the Index is Available The inaugural Index is, and each quarterly Index published going forward will be, available on the USG website at as well as on the website

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. For more information, visit

About USG Corporation USG Corporation is an industry-leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions. Headquartered in Chicago, USG serves construction markets around the world through its United States Gypsum Company and USG Interiors, LLC subsidiaries and its international subsidiaries, including its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Its wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products provide the solutions that enable customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. Its USG Boral Building Products joint venture is a leading plasterboard and ceilings producer across Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. For additional information, visit

Design Billings Maintain Solid Footing, with Strong Momentum Reflected in Both Project Inquiries and Design Contracts

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Balanced growth results in billings gains in all sectors 

Design services at architecture firms continue to project a healthy disposition on the construction industry as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded the fourth consecutive month of growth. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 53.0, up from a score of 50.9 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.4, up from a reading of 60.2 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased from 53.2 to 54.8.

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“The fact that the data surrounding both new project inquiries and design contracts have remained positive every month this year, while reaching their highest scores for the year, is a good indication that both the architecture and construction sectors will remain healthy for the foreseeable future,” AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “This growth hasn’t been an overnight escalation, but rather a steady, stable increase.”

Key May ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: South (56.1), West (52.3), Midwest (50.4), Northeast (46.5)
  • Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (55.8), multi-family residential (51.3), commercial / industrial (51.2), institutional (51.2)
  • Project inquiries index: 62.4
  • Design contracts index: 54.8

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity.

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.


Kwame Building Group, Inc. Takes DBE Participation to New Heights

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Kwame Building Group, Inc. has been a huge part of the successful Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and in the community. In recognition of their exemplary accomplishments, Kwame’s Chief Executive Officer Tony Thompson was presented with the Business Diversity award for Construction Services during the Business Diversity Forum on March 31.

Kwame is MBE/DBE certified and has played a major role in most of the construction work performed at the Airport. They were a joint venture partner on the team that was responsible for managing the design and construction of the recent Airport expansion project. The firm has also had construction management responsibilities on a number of projects at the Airport through the years.

Kwame has had an enormous impact in achieving diversity and inclusion on major projects in the greater St. Louis community as well. They served as the construction management firm responsible for monitoring and reporting DBE participation on the $33 million Central Riverfront Project of the City Arch River renovation at the Gateway Arch. This project was a true DBE success story, with Kwame reporting more than 50 percent DBE participation.


Holland Construction Services Breaks Ground on New Building for First Presbyterian Church of Edwardsville

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Holland Construction Services, Inc. (Holland) recently joined with members of the First Presbyterian Church of Edwardsville at a ground breaking ceremony for their new $3 million church.

Holland is providing design/build services for this new 11,056 square-foot church located on a 6-acre site on Ridgeview Road.  The new facility will include a sanctuary, offices, and an education wing.

The current church located on North Kansas Street was built in 1923 and in need of repairs as well as not being ADA compliant. The new building will be energy efficient, one level, and meet ADA requirements.

“First Presbyterian is the first church established in Edwardsville, and its people continue to step out in faith toward new territory,” said Pastor Dr. John C. Hembruch.  “We are pleased to partner with Holland, and excited by the construction progress we see on our new home for mission and ministry.  We’re grateful for the many expressions of support we’ve received from members of the community.”

The last service held in the existing church was on Easter.  The 375 member congregation is currently meeting at Goshen Elementary School during construction which is scheduled for completion in January of 2018.

Hurford Architects out of Glen Carbon, Illinois is Holland’s design/build partner on the project.

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. 

Integrated Facility Services Installing $3.2 Million Plumbing System For Kansas City Mixed-Use Development

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is installing a $3.2 million plumbing system for the $40 million 51st and Oak multi-use development in Kansas City, Missouri.

Van Trust Real Estate is the developer, HOK is the architect and The Weitz Company is the general contractor for the design-build project, which is scheduled for completion in December 2017.
The eight-story, 325,000-square-foot complex includes 170 luxury apartments, a clubhouse and fitness center, student health center, Whole Foods grocery and parking garage on a nearly three-acre site.IFS participated very early in the design process, which used Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) planning, BIM technology and Robotic Total Station Layout.

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

Midas Hospitality Purchases Its First Hotel in Texas

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A St. Louis company is adding a Texas hotel to its expanding portfolio that includes 41 hotels in 14 states.

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently purchased a Staybridge Suites in Houston from Pride Management Inc. of Beaumont, Texas.  The $21.6 million property opened in January of 2017 and is the first hotel the company has acquired in Texas.

Located at 9000 Main St. directly across from NRG Stadium, the 120-room hotel is also conveniently located near the Houston Medical Center.  The property features a variety of amenities including a business center, meeting room, fitness center, outdoor pool, evening reception, and barbeque grills.

“This opportunity fit perfectly with our company’s vision and capabilities,” said Midas Hospitality CEO David Robert.  “Houston is a continuously evolving city, and we have researched this market for many years.  The acquisition happened at the right time and place for us, and we could not be more excited to be a part of this growing community.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 41 hotels in 14 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

V Three Studios Designs New Facility for The Voice of the Navajo Nation

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Upgrades for radio broadcast studio KTNN 660 AM reach beyond reservation

Native Broadcast Enterprise, “The Voice of the Navajo Nation”, KTNN 660 AM and “Capital Country”, KWRK 96.1 FM radio stations in St. Michaels, Ariz., recently moved its operations to a new state-of-the-art, 7,352-square-foot facility designed by V Three Studios, a nationally-renowned architectural firm known for their media and communications  design work. The new facility features eight studios supporting AM/FM radio and digital broadcast capabilities reaching listeners beyond reservation lines, providing Navajo people across the country, and even overseas, with a connection to home.

V Three worked with Native Broadcast Enterprise to create a facility that celebrates the Navajo culture and reflects the station’s mission of educating, informing and entertaining the Navajo people, many of whom rely on the station as the only source of news and entertainment. Navajo-owned design/build firm LAM Corporation developed the building shell and site work.

“It was a privilege to work on a project with such a strong connection to the community it serves,” said Kurt Kerns, principal and founder of V Three Studios, LLC. “The design of the new facility not only showcases the beauty and tradition of the Navajo culture, it allows for the station to operate and grow in the 21st century.”

As a community-driven operation, user-friendly technology was installed in order for both older and newer generations of the tribe to be able to use it intuitively. Indigenous wood ceiling elements and textiles were selected by V Three and used in new and interesting ways to maintain visual connectivity to the Navajo culture. Glass is incorporated throughout the media center in order to create an open space and direct interface with its listeners.

“Our old broadcast facility was more than 40 years old and did not have the sophisticated equipment or capabilities we needed to reach the entire reservation,” said Troy Little, general manager of Native Broadcast Enterprise. “We have listeners that don’t have running water or electricity and their only source of communication and updates beyond their homestead is by radio. V Three Studios was instrumental in helping get this project off the ground so we can continue to entertain the Navajo people and broader audience.”

After several attempts to get the new facility off the ground, Native Broadcast Enterprise turned to V Three for its two decades of radio broadcasting design experience to guide the project to completion.

About V Three Studios, LLC
V Three Studios LLC is a nationally-renowned architecture firm with design studios specializing in media, higher education, museums and breweries. Long-term national clients include CBS, Learfield Sports and Thirsty Planet Brewing.  Regional clients include Washington University, Webster University, St. Louis Art Museum and the National Blues Museum, named one of the 52 places to go in 2016 by The New York Times. Based in St. Louis, Mo., V Three Studios is licensed and authorized to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, New Jersey, Virginia and Tennessee. For more information, visit or call 888-895-2842.

Kadean Construction Among ‘Fastest Growing Companies’ In The Greater St. Louis Region For The Second Year Running

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New Ranking Comes on the Heels of Kadean Being Named Mid-Sized ‘Contractor of the Year’ by ASA

Continuing its growth strategy, Kadean Construction has been named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies” in the St. Louis region by the St. Louis Business Journal for the second year in a row, it was announced today.

Kadean, which specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting, was ranked 10th among the 50 fastest growing companies in the St. Louis area, based on their three-year revenue growth.

St. Louis-based Kadean’s annual revenue has increased from roughly $21 million in 2014 to more than $61 million in 2016, said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction.

“We are extremely proud to be ranked among the region’s Fastest Growing Companies again this year,” Eveler said. “Our growth can be attributed to the hard work and commitment of our entire staff, the dedication of our talented subcontractors, and our tremendous clients. And, we’re very grateful.”

Last year, the Business Journal saluted Kadean for being among the 20 Fastest Growing Companies in the St. Louis region. Today’s rankings recognize the 50 companies throughout the St. Louis region that have shown the greatest revenue growth over the past three years.

The Business Journal’s ranking comes on the heels of Kadean being named mid-sized General Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council. The organization honored Kadean in April for its commitment to working closely with its subcontractors, whom Eveler described as “dedicated partners in all that we do.” He also credited them with being “a big part of our company’s success for more than 50 years.”

Eveler said Kadean is continuing its growth trajectory in 2017 with a range of healthcare, senior living, commercial, and light industrial projects underway in Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Kansas. He added that Kadean’s revenues could hit $80 million by the end of this year.

Two of Kadean’s most recent projects include the completion of the $13.1 million expansion of the Siteman Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient treatment facility at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in suburban St. Louis, and construction of its fourth light industrial building in the Aviator Business Park in the City of Hazelwood, near St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

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