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Asphalt Conference Nov. 29-30 at Missouri S&T

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The 59th annual Asphalt Conference will be held Nov. 29-30 at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Registration is $130 per person and is available online at asphalt.mst.edu.

Conference presentations will include intelligent compaction projects; basics of plant operation; lift thickness and nominal maximum size of aggregate issues; benefits of increased density; Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) performance tests: cracking, rutting and stripping industry task groups; chip seal design, specification and construction; cape seals; high-volume traffic chip seals; soil cement stabilization and cold in-place recycling; scratch and seal update; scrub seals and matrix slurry seals; Binder 101; MoDOT recycled asphalt pavement/recycled asphalt shingles long-term pavement program update; parking lot design for longevity; pavement design examples with “PaveXPress;” Federal Aviation Administration versus highway spec comparison; MoDOT’s current research; and the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association update.

Organizers say the conference will be of interest to contractors, public agencies, consulting engineers, testing labs, aggregate producers, asphalt binder suppliers and technical equipment representatives. Conference participants will receive personal development hours credit.

For conference program information, contact Dr. Dave Richardson, Chancellor’s Professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T and conference director, at 573-341-4487 or richardd@mst.edu. For registration information, contact Missouri S&T’s office of Distance and Continuing Education at 573-341-6222 or dce@mst.edu.

IMPACT Strategies Passes Milestone On St. Louis-Belleville Hofbrauhaus

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Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies, Inc., has surpassed the half-way point in building the St. Louis-Belleville Hofbrauhaus, the largest single themed destination restaurant in the region.

The 31,000-square-foot structure, reaching 58 feet in height, is the largest of the seven Hofbrauhaus restaurants in North America, and is about half-again larger than the 20,000-square-foot Chicago facility.

The restaurants are modeled after the traditional and centuries old beer halls and restaurants in Bavaria. Each building must meet strict standards for appearance, quality and detailed craftsmanship. Similarly strict standards are set for food, beverages and service.

“The Hofbrauhaus will have the look and feel of old world Germany,” according to IMPACT President Mark Hinrichs. “The architecture is unique, and includes high vaulted ceilings. The look, the attention to detail that the developers are requesting, and the general atmosphere to be created will help assure that Hofbrauhaus becomes a popular destination for adults throughout the region and beyond,” he said.

Hofbrauhaus beers will be brewed on-site with state-of-the-art equipment produced in Vienna and shipped to Belleville. Munich-based brewmasters will assist in managing installation of the equipment and will train local brewmasters and staff. Furnishings and beer steins will duplicate Old World Bavarian beer halls

The kitchen is designed to assure that 1,000 diners can be served at one seating. A private dining room will accommodate up to 250 people and an outdoor biergarten another 250 guests.

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.

Architecture Billings Index Moderates Slightly, Remains Positive

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Business conditions continue to be most favorable in South 

 

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was positive in July for the sixth consecutive month, and tenth out of the last twelve months as demand across all project types continued to increase.  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 July ABI score was 51.5, down from the mark of 52.6 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).  The new projects inquiry index was 57.5, down from a reading of 58.6 the previous month.

 

“The uncertainty surrounding the presidential election is causing some funding decisions regarding larger construction projects to be delayed or put on hold for the time being,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.  “It’s likely that these concerns will persist up until the election, and therefore we would expect higher levels of volatility in the design and construction sector in the months ahead.”

 

Read the full press release here: http://new.aia.org/press-releases/15956-architecture-billings-index-moderates-slightly-remains-positive 

America’s Heartland Remembers to Honor Military Heroes With Large Art Installation

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America Remembers 2Nearly 7,000 flags will be on display at Art Hill in St. Louis to honor American military heroes on September 11th, 2016, reports https://flagsofvalorusa.com.

On September 11th 2016, America’s Heartland Remembers (AHR) will fill Art Hill – the iconic St. Louis destination in Forest Park – with nearly 7,000 American Flags. This awe-inspiring display, which will be known as “Flags of Valor” will pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting the War on Terror since September 11th, 2001 to keep citizens free and safe here at home.

Each and every flag in the War memorial will bear the name and photo of a hero who bravely served their country but never came home. The flags will be placed in chronological order according to the date each of the Veterans lost their livesand will allow loved ones and visitors to walk through the massive display so they can easily find and honor each hero.

AHR wants to ensure Gold Star Families have the opportunity to bring their Hero’s flag home. Family members can acquire their Hero’s flag at a reduced rate by visiting flagsofvalorusa.com. Here, they can also search for the location of their Hero’s flag on the Art Hill prior to the September 11th weekend event. AHR implores everyone to share this website and news of the event with other military family and friends who may wish to attend or contribute. Additionally, members of the general public can sponsor a flag for a Gold Star Family, as well as acquire an unclaimed flag for a small donation.

Apart from helping America’s Heartland Remembers fund two memorials for a fallen New York firefighter and a Marine from Iowa, all profits from the event will be donated to one of the following not-for-profit organizations that are closely aligned with the mission of America’s Heartland Remembers: Missouri Military Memorial Foundation, Semper Fi Fund, Missouri Memorial Military Foundation, and The Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.

About America’s Heartland Remembers:

In an effort to never forget those who perished on September 11th 2001, Pace Properties and America’s Heartland Remembers organized a flag tribute to each of the Heroes who were lost in the attacks at on our homeland that fateful day. Hundreds of volunteers gather to assemble and erect the massive display of flags on Art Hill in Forest Park. As a 501(c)(3) organization, AHR has given to countless organizations that help Military and their families. In addition, they have erected hundreds of Flag displays at Veterans funerals and worked with families of the fallen to create lasting tributes to their heroes.

Media Contact: Scott Tripp

Telephone: (314) 440-3477

Email: info@trippco.net

Website: https://flagsofvalorusa.com

McCarthy Completes New Missouri S&T Residence Hall for Fall Semester

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McCarthy Logo (New Aug 2016)Design-build delivery and innovative construction methods kept the project on schedule

The new 450-bed University Commons residence hall at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Mo., is ready for students to move in this fall. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and its partners completed the 125,000-square-foot residence hall in about half the time as a typical project of this scope by using efficient construction methods and materials.

“We’re thrilled to have this new state-of-the-art residence hall ready in time for returning students,” said Ted Ruth, director of design and construction management at Missouri S&T. “From the start, the project ran smoothly, and we were excited to benefit from McCarthy’s specialized expertise in higher education construction.”

The design-build project integrates a prefabricated panel system fabricated by Eisen Panel Group in St. Charles, Mo., and transported to the campus. These specialized panels are designed for immediate weather-proof capabilities with the added benefit of quick assembly. Made of cold-formed steel, the pre-assembled panels could be installed much quicker than conventional building materials, allowing for complete enclosure of the building to reduce water infiltration and the potential for mold and mildew.

“Through collaborative teamwork and strategic planning, we were able to complete this project quickly and safely, and we’re eager for students to experience this terrific new facility,” said Jeremy Witts, McCarthy project manager.

KWK Architects and The Lawrence Group collaborated on the design of the project.

EPA & Champ Landfill of Maryland Heights, Mo., Reach Settlement to Improve Landfill’s Compliance

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Maryland Heights landfill to install 21 gas extraction wells

In a settlement announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency, IESI MO Champ Landfill, LLC has agreed to implement numerous measures at its Maryland Heights landfill, including installing additional gas extraction wells. The measures are designed to minimize odors and air emissions from the landfill and ensure ongoing compliance with regulatory requirements under the Clean Air Act.

An EPA inspection of Champ Landfill, conducted on May 18, 2016, was part of an initiative by EPA to identify non-compliance and reduce air emissions from sources in the greater St. Louis area.  The inspection identified deficiencies related to Champ Landfill’s surface emission monitoring and surface integrity monitoring, required by the Clean Air Act’s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).  These standards impose controls on emissions of landfill gas, as well as monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements to ensure that landfill gas emissions are minimized.

Landfills use gas collection systems, a network of wells and piping, to collect landfill gas created by the decomposition of solid waste, which consists primarily of methane and carbon dioxide.  Under the terms of this settlement, Champ Landfill has agreed to conduct a comprehensive third party audit of its gas collection system and to implement all of the auditor’s recommended corrective actions in less than one year.  Champ will also install 21 additional landfill gas extraction wells.  These modifications to the gas collection system are expected to significantly improve its ability to collect gases generated by the landfill, resulting in lower emissions of landfill gas and odors to the surrounding community.   Overall, Champ Landfill will spend up to an estimated $1.6 million to implement the improvements at the landfill, including the additional wells, implementing the independent third party audit recommendations, and other expenditures.

“This agreement shows how constructive negotiations between a company and EPA can produce positive results leading to air quality improvements that benefit communities,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague.  “The immediate actions taken required by this agreement will improve the landfill’s operations and minimize air emissions and odors. This is an important step in EPA’s efforts to ensure sources of air pollution in the area are in compliance.”

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions Announces Partnership with Lou Brock Mechanical

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Two St. Louis-based mechanical contractors collaborate on upcoming projects

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a full-service mechanical insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial markets, announces a mentoring partnership with Lou Brock Mechanical, a commercial HVAC mechanical contractor serving the St. Louis metropolitan area for the past three years.  The two organizations will strategically partner on projects where their combined service portfolios will offer more complete, comprehensive solutions for their collective customer base.

“As we continue to grow our company and exceed market demands, we are very selective on our partnerships,” said Nick Eaton, general manager at ISS Insulation Services & Solutions. “Lou Brock Mechanical’s vision, culture and commitment to the St. Louis community aligns seamlessly with our company, and we’re both eager to work together.”

As the installation season continues to move forward in 2016, the two companies have multiple projects contracted for the remainder of the year.

“Our company was founded on the premise that top-quality HVAC contracting services, attention to detail and an impeccable reputation can greatly benefit our customers, as well as our community,” said Lou Brock, Jr., president of Lou Brock Mechanical. “We’re thrilled to begin this partnership with a company that has such a dedication to the St. Louis community and roots dating back to 1895.”

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a member of the National Insulation Association, is a full-service insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial markets.

Lou Brock Mechanical, located in St. Louis, Mo., was founded by Lou Brock, Jr. in 2013. The company is MBE/DBE and Section 3 certified with various capabilities including pipefitting fabrication and installation, design and construction services, HVAC contracting and more.

Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis Names Jay Korte as Chair of 2016 Fundraising Campaign

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Jay Korte

Jay Korte, director of client relations at The Korte Company, has been named the 2016 fundraising campaign chair for the Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis. Korte has been a great asset to United Way for several years as a strong supporter through his service as a board member, donor and volunteer.

The Southwest Illinois Division’s annual fundraising campaign, which supports 38 local health and human service organizations, officially begins on September 1 with its “Bring Home the Gold” Olympic-themed kickoff event.

“United Way helps people live their best possible lives by building a strong foundation for a good quality of life for our neighbors, family members, co-workers and friends throughout Southwestern Illinois,” Korte said. “The unwavering dedication to support our community is one of many reasons I’m proud to lead United Way’s campaign. United Way is creating real, lasting impact in the lives of thousands and providing essential funding and support to so many of our local health and human service agencies.”

Korte has served in several roles with the Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis throughout the past few years, including being a member of the auxiliary board of directors since 2012, member of the board’s executive committee since 2015 and serving as the board vice chair in 2015 and 2016. With his new appointment as the 2016 Southwest Illinois Division campaign chair, Korte will also serve on United Way of Greater St. Louis’ overall campaign team.

“Jay is an excellent leader who is dedicated to going above and beyond to help this community through United Way,” said Maura Wuellner, United Way’s Illinois Region Director. “I know he will continue to bring innovative and engaging ideas to the table to make this campaign successful, and I look forward to continuing our work together to help people in Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun counties.”

Korte joined The Korte Company in 1990 after earning his degree in civil engineering at University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana. His roles have included project engineer, superintendent, director of preconstruction and project manager. He is a Certified Professional Constructor by the American Institute of Constructors and a Designated Design-Build Professional by Design-Build Institute of America.

He and his wife live in Highland, Illinois and have two grown sons. He is an active member of several community and church organizations, including Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Board of Directors, Highland Optimist Club and Highland Rotary Club.

United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division serves the counties of Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun counties, helping nearly 200,000 people within this area each year.

In 2015, the Southwest Illinois Division campaign was chaired by Adam Koishor, Scott Credit Union’s chief marketing officer, and raised a total of $1.8 million. Regionally, United Way of Greater St. Louis raised $74.3 million, which was United Way’s most successful campaign to date.

Steve Lipstein, president and CEO of BJC HealthCare, and Gene Diederich, partner with Moneta Group, will serve as co-chairs of the overall 2016 United Way of Greater St. Louis campaign.

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind — helping people live their best possible lives. United Way helps one in three people in our 16-county region in Missouri and Illinois by supporting the foundation for a good quality of life through

Development Timeline Extended For Lake District As Developers Request Infrastructure Commitments From City Prior To Development Commitments

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The development timeline for the Lake District Development Area has been extended by several months so the City of Maryland Heights can respond to developers’ requests for the City to commit to providing the site’s infrastructure systems prior to the developers making final development commitments.

“The developers told us they need the City to take the lead in having a comprehensive infrastructure and storm water management plan finalized, financed and ready for construction before they can commit to building any developments,” said Jim Krischke, City Administrator.  “So instead of one master developer managing the site infrastructure construction along with other construction, we now have six developers interested in different parts of our 1800-acre site.  We must now develop an integrated infrastructure plan that can meet the needs of all potential developers.  This is complex and will take time, but it does give us the opportunity to incorporate the many ‘green’ water management features that we have envisioned.”

The Howard Bend Levee District built the 500-year levee protecting the development area from the Missouri River, and the City now plans to partner with the Levee District in the storm water management system implementation.  Preliminary engineering plans have been developed by the Levee District to address all storm water management needs of the area.

“We need to refine these plans with the Levee District to meet the potential needs of each development proposal individually and collectively, and then provide the assurance that it will be built,” Krischke added.

A revised development timeline, along with a revised schedule of decision points and public hearings, will soon be posted on the Lake District Development Area website, at www.mplakedistrict.com.

New Study Concludes that Clean Power Plan Could Deliver Significant Energy Bill Savings to Cities & Businesses Nationwide

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A professor at Georgia Institute of Technology has weighed in on the debate over the Obama Administration’s Clean Power plan, claiming that it will cut energy costs at commercial buildings.

A new study by Marilyn Brown has concluded that implementing the Clean Power plan could save commercial building owners and occupants $11.3 billion a year on electricity bills by 2030 compared to doing nothing at all. That equates to a 6.7 percent savings on electricity.

In Missouri, the annual savings would amount to $109 million. The Clean Power plan could produce an additional $112 million savings on natural gas bills in Missouri, and save $3.6 billion on natural gas bills nationwide.

“What this study reveals is that cities, and the commercial buildings that comprise them, hold a key to both lower carbon pollution as well as lower bills for commercial electricity consumers if states embrace energy efficiency and clean energy investments associated with state implementation of the Clean Power Plan,” Brown said.

The savings are triggered in part by a new generation of air source heat pumps that replace less efficient units commonly seen on the rooftops of office buildings, schools, restaurants and big-box stores. These new technologies tackle one of the most rapidly growing energy uses in the United States – air conditioning.

Brown found huge negative consequences to doing nothing.  Without any changes, the electricity bills of commercial building owners and occupants in the United States would rise by about 21.4% over the next 15 years.

The GIT study found that energy bill savings would be greatest for retail and office buildings. In the United States it is estimated that these building space owners would cut their electricity costs by $2.9 billion and $2 billion respectively in 2030, while at the same time cutting CO2 emissions significantly.

“Occupants and owners of other building types, ranging from education to food and lodging, would also save significantly on their energy bills as states meet their Clean Power Plan goals,” said Dr. Brown. “Energy efficiency offers multiple benefits and these results illustrate how commercial building owners and occupants can gain from more efficient and more affordable air conditioning, lighting, electronics and other equipment, and from improved building shells as well as rooftop solar systems.”

The study examined the finalized August 2015 Clean Power Plan developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama Administration. The plan proposed an historic step aimed at reducing carbon pollution by implementing first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The Clean Power Plan establishes carbon pollution goals for each state, and is projected to achieve a 32 percent cut in U.S. carbon pollution from power plants by 2030 compared with 2005.

EPA projects that the Clean Power Plan will help avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work and school days annually by 2030. The reduction of carbon pollution in our air will also prevent thousands of heart attacks and hospital admissions every year.

Separately, an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council, investor-owned utilities in California, and electronics power management  firm Aggios, found that electricity use by computers can be cut in half at negligible cost. Computers are a major consumer of electricity in office buildings.

According to the study, roughly 300 million computers in the U.S. spend from 50 to 77 percent of their time “on but inactive” and devour $10 billion a year worth of electricity, the equivalent of 30-large power plants spewing 65 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution that contributes to climate change. (The  study can be found at https://www.nrdc.org/resources/slashing-energy-use-computers-and-monitors-while-protecting-our-wallets-health-and-planet.

The trio of organizations developed a demonstration prototype computer, and found some efficiency improvements would cost manufacturers “only pennies per computer,” according to the report.

The Clean Power Plan and Beyond- Impacts on Energy Bills of Missouri Businesses

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