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HOK Principal Earns Honor for One World Trade Center Work

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Fifteen years ago, HOK Technical Principal Angelo Arzanoemerged from a building into the choking dust just blocks from the collapsed twin towers in New York on 9/11. Little did he know that he would later spend four years of his life at the design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as senior project architect on the symbol of America’s resilience – One World Trade Center (One WTC).

Today, he’s reaping the rewards of his work as the national construction industry weekly Engineering News Record (ENR) has named One WTC one of the world’s best projects.

Arzano joined the HOK St. Louis office in 2013 and is now executing the design the firm’s largest project locally, the BJC HealthCare Washington University School of Medicine Campus Renewal.

Kadean Construction Completes ‘Aviator 7’ As 21st Century Business Park Takes Shape In Hazelwood

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Kadean Finishes Its Third Building in Aviator Business Park on the Site of the Former Ford Motor Plant

Nearly 10 years to the day, when the last Ford Explorer rolled off the assembly line in Hazelwood, Fenton-based Kadean Construction has completed Aviator 7, a 535,500 square foot light industrial facility for Panattoni Development.

Aviator 7 is one of six massive buildings planned for the expansive Aviator Business Park, located in Hazelwood, MO, about a mile north of Lambert-St. Louis International, on the site of the old Ford Motor Co. plant that closed on March 8, 2006. Another half-dozen smaller commercial facilities also will be located in the business park, which covers 155 acres.

“In working with Panattoni Development, we constructed Aviator 7, which is ideal for light industrial and commercial use,” said John Piedimonte, vice president of Kadean Construction. “We’re very proud of the quality and workmanship that went into this tremendous building, which has 12.3 acres under one roof.”

Aviator 7’s first tenant is Chesterfield-based Silgan Plastics, which leases 327,750 sq. ft. for production, warehousing and mechanical space, and another 7,500 sq. ft. area for a quality control lab, offices, training and conference rooms, a cafeteria, and other uses. Silgan’s portion of the building also has six hydraulic docks (leveler systems) and seven standard docks.

Silgan Plastics is a leading manufacturer of plastic containers in North America for a variety of industries, including personal care, food, health care, household, and industrial chemical sectors.

It leases nearly two-thirds of Aviator 7, and eventually plans to employ as many as 120 men and women at the facility, said Silgan Plastics President Jay Martin.

In late January, St. Louis-based Weekends Only Furniture and Mattress Co. also opened a huge distribution center in an adjoining 133,500 sq. ft. space with 40-foot ceilings and 22 loading docks.

It will serve as the main distribution center for Weekends Only’s five stores in the greater St. Louis area and another in Indianapolis, said Dionne Dumitru, the company’s chief operating officer.

“When the new offices are completed, our Distribution Center will support over 60 employees in warehouse distribution, home delivery, call center and furniture repair functions,” she said. “We took this opportunity to bring all of our supply chain and service operations into a single facility, so that we will be able to meet our customers’ needs seamlessly while saving them money – which is our company’s mission.”

The new distribution center will be used to keep the Weekends Only stores fully stocked with a wide array of furniture for retail sales. Customers also will be able to pick-up purchased furniture at the Aviator 7 building, if a local store is out of a specific item.

The company also has moved its Repair Center to the new facility and plans to relocate its Quality Care Center to the Hazelwood facility later this month after completing construction on adjoining offices. Both operations have been based in nearby Bridgeton.

Privately-owned International Food Products was the first tenant in the business park, and occupies a 227,500 square foot production facility also built by Kadean Construction, adjacent to Aviator 7.

With operations throughout the United States, IFP manufactures custom formulations for the food, beverage and dairy industries throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

“Panattoni Development has done a great job with this site, and we’re excited about the future of Aviator Business Park, where we’ve now built Aviator 3, 4, and 7,” Piedimonte said. “But, we construct more than quality buildings.

“We enable jobs to flourish and dreams to come alive, and that’s our goal. We want our customers and their tenants to succeed and to make a real difference, and we see it happening here,” he said.

Kadean Construction is a St. Louis-area based construction company that specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting at the regional national level.

Business Executive Ravi Norman to Deliver Keynote Address at 2016 Business Diversity Forum

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Friday, April 1, 2016 – Lambert Airport Terminal 1, Concourse B – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ravi Norman is a dynamic leader, inspiring speaker, and the perfect fit for this year’s Forum, “Diverse Opportunities to Create New Successes.” Norman is CEO of THOR Construction, a full-service commercial construction company with an extensive client list throughout the world. THOR is among the largest African American companies in the nation, averaging $110 million in annual revenue for the past three years, including $150 million in 2015. The company is based in Minneapolis with offices in eight cities, including one in St. Louis.

A visionary by nature, Norman created a “SIT-EAT-GROW” model that serves as the basis for his vast mentorship activities and speaking engagements. He collaborates with Fortune 500 corporations and non-profit organizations to develop innovative solutions to maximize diversity and inclusion.

Norman’s decade-long executive leadership at THOR Construction includes six years leading the company’s strategic direction. He possesses over 18 years of expertise in the areas of strategic management, organizational development and commercial finance.

The company is known for its work in hospitality, entertainment/multi-purpose venues, retail, education and community focused development. Recent projects include U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings football team, Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Wells Fargo & Co. and the University of Minnesota.

We are proud to welcome Norman as keynote speaker this year. Admission to the Forum is free. Advance registration is required. Free parking will be available in the Terminal 1 Short Term Parking Garage.

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Total Value Of World’s Biggest Real Estate Firms Revealed

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The world’s top 100 real estate companies own $3.6tn (£2.5tn) of property, according to the latest Estates Gazette ranking.

The list, revealed on a new dedicated global property investment website www.globalrealestateinsight.com, shows that only the US, China, Japan and Germany have larger GDPs than the collective value of EG’s Top 100 global property owners.

The total value this year increased by more than $400bn.

Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management tops the rankings for the third year in a row with almost $130bn of assets. US giant Blackstone takes second place with $94bn and TIAA-CREF third with assets under management of $89m.

US firms were the largest contingent in the top 100 with a combined asset value of $1.3tn. China held the next biggest slice of the ranking with a total value of $621.5bn.

Together North American and Asian real estate firms hold $2.8tn of assets, representing 88% of the total 100.

The UK appears in the list 10 times with a total combined asset value of $219.9bn.

To make it on to the list this year, firms had to own property valued at more than $12.4bn.

Samantha McClary, head of content at Estates Gazette, said: “Our Global 100 list, which is based on real assets rather than property securities and debt, shows how big a business the international real estate market is.

“The list, now in its third year, continues to grow with new firms appearing every year. The appearance of more property owners from new locations shows just how global a playground the real estate industry is. Four Japan-based businesses made it on to the 2016 list, a 100% increase on last year. Together they own almost $140bn of property. Figures like this show just how important and in demand information and advice on the global real estate market is, which is why EG has launched its specialist global website, GlobalRealEstateInsight.com.”

Emily Wright, global editor, said “As cross-border and domestic investment in real estate around the world reaches dizzying heights, knowing exactly when, where and how to splash the cash has never been more important. Global Real Estate Insight is here to help.

“From exclusive global rankings to essential data, high profile interviews and region by region guides to the global real estate market, Estates Gazette’s new global website is the place to go for in depth research, data, news and analysis from around the world.”

For the full list of global property giants visit: www.globalrealestateinsight.com

Kadean Construction Completes ‘Aviator 7’ As 21st Century Business Park Takes Shape In Hazelwood

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Kadean Finishes Its Third Building in Aviator Business Park on the Site of the Former Ford Motor Plant

Nearly 10 years to the day, when the last Ford Explorer rolled off the assembly line in Hazelwood, Fenton-based Kadean Construction has completed Aviator 7, a 535,500 square foot light industrial facility forPanattoni Development.

Aviator 7 is one of six massive buildings planned for the expansiveAviator Business Park, located in Hazelwood, MO, about a mile north of Lambert-St. Louis International, on the site of the old Ford Motor Co. plant that closed on March 8, 2006. Another half-dozen smaller commercial facilities also will be located in the business park, which covers 155 acres.

“In working with Panattoni Development, we constructed Aviator 7, which is ideal for light industrial and commercial use,” said John Piedimonte, vice president of Kadean Construction. “We’re very proud of the quality and workmanship that went into this tremendous building, which has 12.3 acres under one roof.”

Aviator 7’s first tenant is Chesterfield-based Silgan Plastics, which leases 327,750 sq. ft. for production, warehousing and mechanical space, and another 7,500 sq. ft. area for a quality control lab, offices, training and conference rooms, a cafeteria, and other uses. Silgan’s portion of the building also has six hydraulic docks (leveler systems) and seven standard docks.

Silgan Plastics is a leading manufacturer of plastic containers in North America for a variety of industries, including personal care, food, health care, household, and industrial chemical sectors.

It leases nearly two-thirds of Aviator 7, and eventually plans to employ as many as 120 men and women at the facility, said Silgan Plastics President Jay Martin.

In late January, St. Louis-based Weekends Only Furniture and Mattress Co. also opened a huge distribution center in an adjoining 133,500 sq. ft. space with 40-foot ceilings and 22 loading docks.

It will serve as the main distribution center for Weekends Only’s five stores in the greater St. Louis area and another in Indianapolis, said Dionne Dumitru, the company’s chief operating officer.

“When the new offices are completed, our Distribution Center will support over 60 employees in warehouse distribution, home delivery, call center and furniture repair functions,” she said. “We took this opportunity to bring all of our supply chain and service operations into a single facility, so that we will be able to meet our customers’ needs seamlessly while saving them money – which is our company’s mission.”

The new distribution center will be used to keep the Weekends Only stores fully stocked with a wide array of furniture for retail sales. Customers also will be able to pick-up purchased furniture at the Aviator 7 building, if a local store is out of a specific item.

The company also has moved its Repair Center to the new facility and plans to relocate its Quality Care Center to the Hazelwood facility later this month after completing construction on adjoining offices. Both operations have been based in nearby Bridgeton.

Privately-owned International Food Products was the first tenant in the business park, and occupies a 227,500 square foot production facility also built by Kadean Construction, adjacent to Aviator 7.

With operations throughout the United States, IFP manufactures custom formulations for the food, beverage and dairy industries throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

“Panattoni Development has done a great job with this site, and we’re excited about the future of Aviator Business Park, where we’ve now built Aviator 3, 4, and 7,” Piedimonte said. “But, we construct more than quality buildings.

“We enable jobs to flourish and dreams to come alive, and that’s our goal. We want our customers and their tenants to succeed and to make a real difference, and we see it happening here,” he said.

Kadean Construction is a St. Louis-area based construction company that specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting at the regional national level.

Megan Banks Honored by St. Louis American Foundation at 6th Annual Salute to Young Leaders Awards

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Megan Banks, a Project Engineer at S. M. Wilson & Co., was one of 20 African-American professionals under the age of 40 to be honored at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 6th Annual Salute to Young Leaders on February 25.  Megan was recognized for her excellence in work and in her commitment to community building through service to others.

“Megan is a dedicated, determined and inspirational young woman,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson. “She is well respected by her peers, and continually goes above and beyond her job requirements to better the project and the people around her.”

“When it comes to mentoring students, I tell them you can overcome any obstacle and achieve everything you put your mind to, especially as a young engineering student,” Megan told the St. Louis American.  “When you want something bad enough, you fight for it.  You don’t stop until you have achieved it.  There will be T’s to cross and I’s to dot, there will be impediments that may seem unattainable, and not everyone will be on your side or consistently support you. But you can make it.  Greatness lies within each of us.”

Megan began her career as an intern at S. M. Wilson nearly four years ago after earning a B. S. in Construction Management at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  Since then, she has worked on several high-profile projects, including projects for BJC HealthCare and Blessing Hospital and now the City Walk high rise development in the Central West End.  Megan is responsible for interacting with subcontractors and suppliers to manage material procurement. She reviews, organizes and manages the submittal process and assists with pricing owner requests. Megan also manages all of the documents for the project through an electronic application.

S.M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis

Missouri S&T to Host Concrete Conference This Spring

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Missouri University of Science and Technology will host the annual Missouri Concrete Conference May 3-4 in the Havener Center on campus. Conference registration is $140 per person.

The conference will be of interest to contractors, public agencies, consulting engineers, testing labs, aggregate producers, equipment technical representatives, and ready mix, cement and admixture suppliers.

Certificates to document Personal Development Hours will be provided.

Conference topics include benefits of macrofibers; steel fibers in concrete; proper curing techniques and materials; soil stabilization and full-depth reclamation; a Kansas City International Airport runway case history; lithium silicate curing compound; floor slabs and toppings: design and quality control; concrete tests: choices and interpretation; structural cracks: identification, prevention and repair; street deterioration repairs; city and county: concrete pavement management programs; pavement joint sealing and resealing; pavement joint detailing; and history of Missouri Department of Transportation concrete girders.

Additional information, including a complete listing of presentations, is available online at concrete.mst.edu.

For registration information, contact Missouri S&T’s office of distance and continuing education at 573-341-6576 or dce.mst.edu.

For technical information, contact Dr. David Richardson, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, at 573-341-4487 orrichardd@mst.edu.

Missouri S&T Professor Aims To Improve Self-Consolidating Concrete

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A Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher is studying how to make concrete that can be placed without a lot of human intervention, and that can be poured in hard-to-reach places where people can’t easily manipulate it.

Dr. Dimitri Feys, assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, is working with self-consolidating concrete to produce beams that can be used to construct bridges, parking garages or other construction. Self-consolidating concrete is a type that flows easily in concrete forms or molds.

“The main use of this concrete is in Japan and Europe — 100 percent of the pre-cast industry in Denmark uses this type — and it slowly is making its way in the U.S. market,” he says.

But there are challenges, Feys says, and chief among them is figuring out a way to keep the concrete homogenous throughout the produced structural element. That’s important because the aggregate — the gravel or rocks used in the mixture — need to be uniformly distributed to ensure even strength throughout the product. If the gravel sinks to the bottom as the concrete flows through the form — known as dynamic segregation — it negatively affects the finished product’s quality in strength and durability.

Feys works with Coreslab Structures in Marshall, Missouri, which has made 30-foot beams and 60-foot beams for the project. In the latest test on Feb. 16, they poured a 60-foot beam. “It went good, but not perfect,” Feys says. “It seems like the 60-foot flow distance is a step too far.”

The distance problem needs to be explained as a function of time, he says.

“Fresh concrete properties change with time and as a function of how fast it flows,” Feys says. “If it flows fast, it remains fluid or can even become more fluid. If it stops, or flows slowly, it stiffens. That stiffening is a function of mix design and temperature. Since we are using a rapid-hardening cement and self-consolidating concrete, this concrete is more sensitive to stiffening.”

Feys can manipulate the concrete’s rheology, or flow, by changing its ratio of cement, aggregate, sand and water. And he can further change its properties by adding super-plasticizers, primarily polycarboxylate, which are essential for the concrete to flow easily. The challenge is to incorporate the proper amount of super-plasticizer for flowability while keeping the aggregate well dispersed.

He uses core samples to test the beams for gravel distribution, strength and an adequate distribution of air bubbles, essential for freeze-thaw durability. Feys and Dr. Julie Ann Hartell, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Oklahoma State University, used ultrasound testing techniques on the produced beams to evaluate homogeneity.

“Inferior properties in specific zones of precast beams can lead to reduced durability, leading to a premature need for repair or replacement, which in the end will cost taxpayers more money,” Feys says.

The ultimate goal is to make self-consolidating concrete a common product used in the U.S., he says.

Research team members from Missouri S&T are Jason Cox, senior research specialist; John Bullock, engineering technician I; Aida Margarita Ley Hernandez of Ciliacan, Mexico, a graduate student in civil engineering; and Sara Vanhooser of O’Fallon, Missouri, a senior in civil engineering.

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST) consortium, in which Missouri S&T partners with Rutgers University, Southern University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Miami.

KCU Receives Nearly $40 Million from Joplin Community to Build New Medical School in Rural Missouri

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The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) is closing in on $40 million in donations toward the planned development of a second College of Osteopathic Medicine in Joplin, Missouri. The Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance (JRMSA), a not-for-profit foundation formed through an alliance of medical and community leaders, has raised $29.6 million toward its $30 million pledge to KCU for the project. An in-kind donation of land and former hospital building from Mercy Hospital Joplin is valued at $9.5 million.

KCU-Joplin, the first new medical school in Missouri in nearly 50 years, represents the realization of a shared vision for the region, and has been made possible through collaboration among KCU, Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health System, the City of Joplin and philanthropic leadership from the surrounding community. Freeman Health System has pledged a multi-million dollar gift, as well as a commitment to provide medical student training for KCU.

“The expansion of KCU to an additional location marks a significant moment for our University and an opportunity to help address the rural health care needs of Missouri and the region,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, president and chief executive officer, KCU. “As the second-leading producer of physicians for Missouri andKansas, and with nearly 40 percent of our graduates practicing medicine in rural areas, this was a logical decision for us. We are honored that the Joplin community has chosen our University as a partner and provided such impressive philanthropic support.”

The KCU campus will be located on the site of Mercy’s former hospital, which was constructed in 2012 to serve as a temporary facility following the destruction of St. John’s Hospital during the devastating Joplin tornado in 2011. The facility represents a nearly $10 million donation.

“I’m proud of the regional leadership in our community that has helped us achieve this milestone,” said Larry McIntire, DO, president of the JRMSA. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Rudy Farber, chairman of Community Bank & Trust, who leads this impressive fundraising initiative, and we are excited to welcome KCU into our community to provide the best educational opportunities for our home-grown physicians.”

KCU is the 12th-largest medical school in the U.S. and a national leader in the education and training of osteopathic physicians.

Renovations Complete at Two Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Facilities

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Construction-management firm, IMPACT Strategies, today announced it has completed two major renovation projects for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF). Last year IMPACT began both projects, including a $2.4 million expansion and renovation at SIHF’s Centreville Health Center in Centreville, Illinois, and a $600,000 renovation of SIHF’s new Charleston Health Center location in Charleston, Illinois.

SIHF Centreville HC The multi-phased project at the Centreville Health Center involved renovating approximately 24,000 square feet of SIHF’s current facility at 6000 Bond Avenue. The project consisted of six phases of renovations to five departments, including pediatrics, pediatric behavioral health, adult medicine, obstetrics and dental, and the addition of an outpatient pharmacy. The facility remained operational while the project was ongoing.

Work on the Charleston center began in September and was completed at the end of January. The project involved renovating an existing retail space into a well-finished medical center.  The facility will serve both medical and dental needs for Charleston and the surrounding area.

Bates & Associates Architects was the design firm on both projects.

SIHF Charleston ClinicSouthern Illinois Healthcare Foundation President & CEO Larry McCulley, said, “IMPACT Strategies continues to prove themselves as a highly reliable and trusted partner. Their unwavering focus on quality workmanship and a ‘can do’ attitude for both projects enabled us to complete them on time and on budget.

IMPACT Strategies has completed three projects for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation in recent years. More information about IMPACT Strategies is available athttp://www.buildwithimpact.com.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management.

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