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HomePro Corporation Joins Promise Home Works

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The Home Accessibility Market Continues to Grow Across the Country

Promise Home Works, a Veteran Owned Small Business specializing in home accessibility, is pleased to announce its merger with HomePro Corporation.  HomePro is a leading provider in the St.Louis-area of home accessibility products and services ranging from stair lifts to modular ramps.

HomePro Corporation will now operate as Promise Home Works and HomePro owner, Ken Other, will join the Promise team as the Director of Customer Care Coordination.

Ken Other has over 17 years of experience within the home accessibility market and is a welcome addition to the Promise team.

“Ken knows the industry very well and will enhance our ability to better support our customers,” says Promise’s Norm Bennett.

“I’m excited to be joining Promise – a home accessibility company that really cares about its customers and making their homes safer and more accessible,” says Ken Other.  

To date, Promise Home Works has completed hundreds of home accessibility projects from the installation of grab-bars to stair lifts and extensive home accessibility modifications.  Our holistic approach to home accessibility enables our customers to live longer and safer in their own home.

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Fenton Logistics Park Lands Hubbell-Killark & BASF

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Nearly One Third of The Park Is Now Committed. 650,000 SF of industrial product has been delivered at the park within the past 12 months with more than $75M invested by KP Development in current facilities and almost 700 jobs expected at the former Chrysler site by year’s end. 

KP Development today announced the signing of leases with two more tenants for a total of 240,000 square feet at the Fenton Logistics Park under development at the site of the former Chrysler plant in Fenton, Mo. Hubbell-Killark, a global provider of integrated electrical industrial products, will relocate from Martin Luther King Drive to a state-of-the-art, single-use 160,000-square-foot facility at Fenton Logistics Park, while BASF will move its 80,000-square-foot agricultural services division to a portion of another building.

Scott Sachtleben, managing principal of KP Development, notes the spaces being occupied by these tenants will be delivered before the end of this year.

“The significant commitment from both Hubbell-Killark and BASF is expanding the total number of quality, skilled jobs within Fenton Logistics Park to nearly 700,” said Sachtleben.  “KP Development has invested more than $75 million in redeveloping the former Chrysler site, and now that approximately one third of the industrial opportunity within the park has been consumed, the momentum is only increasing.”

KP Development’s Scott Haley is responsible for managing the leasing and development of the Park.  “We recognize we are positioned to provide an excellent opportunity for businesses within our region and are in advanced discussions with several other potential occupants to develop the remainder of the project,” said Haley.

Hubbell-Killark, a growing company with many consolidation and expansion needs, discovered Fenton Logistics Park has everything required to satisfy their needs.

“Fenton Logistics Park is a perfect fit for our company,” said Warren Jenkins, general manager of Hubbell-Killark.  “Integrating our manufacturing operations, offices and warehouse under one roof will create significant efficiencies and benefits for our organization.  One of our main initial goals is to optimize material flow throughout the facility and maximize production output.  In addition, this new facility will be a far more energy efficient building. The Hubbell-Killark organization is excited about our new home.”

According to BASF General Manager Chris Rogers, the consolidation of two of three existing locations in the St. Louis area nearby the third was a key factor in their selection of Fenton Logistics Park. “This opportunity allows us to integrate operations in an efficient area while providing modern amenities needed to maximize the performance of our high caliber employees,” said Rogers.

The newest tenants will join BJC’s Clinical Asset Management Division, CoreLink, Alkem Labs and Beckwood Press Co., each of which is already operating within Fenton Logistics Park.

CBRE Corporate represented both Hubbell and BASF, while Jon Hinds and Katie Haywood of CBRE represent KP Development in transactions relating to the Fenton Logistics Park. M & H Architects provided the master plan for the park, as well as the design of both the Hubbell and BASF buildings.  Arco Construction is constructing Building III, which will be 50 percent occupied when BASF moves in, while Brinkmann Constructors is constructing Building IV where Hubbell-Killark will be the sole tenant.

KP Development is now finalizing plans for Building V, which is slated to be a 250,000-square-foot facility. The company is also already working on plans for Buildings VI and VII, which will range in size from 150,000 to 250,000 square feet. One or more of these buildings should be delivered by mid-2019.

As it continues to be built out and additional tenants are lined up, Fenton Logistics Park is expected to feature nearly 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing, logistics and warehouse space; 480,000 square feet of office/warehouse and flex space; 182,500 square feet of retail, restaurant and hotel space, and 105 acres of land owned by the BNSF Railway for anticipated additional railroad services. The overall development has the potential to result in 2,500 – 3,000 permanent jobs, pumping an estimated $135 million in wages to the region.

For more information about Fenton Logistics Park, visit

KP Development is a St. Louis-based real estate development firm providing full-service development services for office, industrial, and specialty projects, with a focus on meeting the needs of their clients. To learn more about KP Development, call Scott Haley (314) 261-7352 or visit

Southern Illinois Builders Association Elects New Board Of Directors & Staff

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The Southern Illinois Builders Association, a trade association representing commercial contractors, recently held a Board of Directors meeting. The SIBA Mission Statement is to: advance the construction industry by strengthening their members by enabling them to do collectively what they cannot accomplish on their own. SIBA is “the voice of the construction industry in Southern Illinois.”

Seated left to right: Donna Richter, SIBA; Steve Ashe, E.T. Simonds Construction Co.; Pete Korte, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.; Hank Rohwedder, Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping, Inc.; Kent Kampwerth, River City Construction, L.L.C.; Jeff Limbaugh. Limbaugh Construction Co., Inc.; Kent Richardson, Subsurface Constructors, Inc.; Andy Martone, SIBA Legal Counsel, Hesse Martone. P.C.; and Josh Schaufelberger, SIBA. Standing left to right: Scott Plocher, Plocher Construction Company, Inc.; Pat Mandeville, Bank of Springfield; Jerry Ross, Ross Construction, Inc.; Richard Boyer, Boyer Fire Protection; Brian Koelling, Massman Construction Co.; Roger Osterhage, Nu Way Concrete Forms, Inc.; Brad Jun, Jun Construction Co.; Matt Fricke, Warning Lites of Southern Illinois; Mike Bevis, Bevis Construction, Inc.; Dale Steinmetz, Charles E. Mahoney Company; Kevin Welch, Chair of the SIBA Leadership Development Council, TheBANK of Edwardsville; and Eugene Keeley, Keeley & Sons, Inc.

Not pictured: Brian Hayden, Hayden Wrecking Corporation; Jared Hites, McCarthy Building Co., Inc.; Bruce Holland, Holland Construction Services, Inc.; Jim Mundy, Contegra Construction Company, L.L.C.; and Harvey Wolf, L. Wolf Company

Donna Richter, Chief Executive Officer; Josh Schaufelberger, Director of Industry Relations; Kristin McCaw, Office Manager; John Holt, Senior Director of Safety and Education; Shari Schutzenhofer, SICAP Administrative Assistant;
Sarah Kaczmarowski, Project Reporting/Administrative Assistant; Logan Ankeny, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant; Holly Stambaugh, Scan Technician; and Brian Rehbein, Branch Manager, Southern Illinois

KAI Interior Designer Asha Perez Named to 2018 “Women Who Inspire” List by Delux Magazine

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Delux Magazine, a St. Louis-based magazine for African American professionals, has selected KAI Interior Designer Asha Perez to its inaugural list of “Women Who Inspire.” The award recognizes local influential women who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields as it relates to community involvement and engagement.

Fifty honorees named to the list will be recognized at a July 29 event at The Wild Carrot in St. Louis’ Shaw neighborhood. KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr. has been selected as one of the award presenters.

“Asha is passionate about her work and that passion is infectious to those who work with her and to her clients,” said Kennedy, Jr. “Everyone knows that she cares and wants to exceed expectations. This attitude and drive always leads to personal success, the kind of success that inspires others. I am happy to see her being recognized for her efforts at work, and in the community.”

A transplant from Miami, FL, Perez earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO and was hired by KAI in 2014. She serves on the Board of Directors for the ACE Mentor Program of St. Louis, a program that helps the city’s high school students learn more about potential careers in architecture, engineering and construction; and she is Vice President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) St. Louis chapter. In addition, Perez provides one-on-one mentorship through KAI to area high school students interested in interior design. She also organizes/participates in panel discussions through Art in Design, KAI’s art initiative which strives to connect local artists with clients and decision-makers by giving them a platform to have their art placed prominently within design projects.

Fueled by a passion for the industry that she calls an art-form, Perez’s comprehensive designs speak to those who occupy the spaces she creates through her unique ability to deliver results based on client-driven solutions. Perez has served as lead designer on the following projects: Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis; office renovations for Alberici Corporation subsidiaries Hillsdale Fabricators and Kienlen Constructors in St. Louis; Northwest High School in Omaha; and People’s Health Center in St. Louis.

“I am elated to be part of the inaugural class to receive this award honoring St. Louis’ most inspiring women,” said Perez. “Being a role model and sharing my experiences with young people who are considering a career in the industry is as much a part of my job as designing. It’s an aspect of my career that I take seriously and really enjoy at the same time.”

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through client collaboration, the latest technology, proprietary processes and individual expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit or call 314-241-8188.

MU Partners With National Defense Center On National Security Projects

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New partnership will secure internships, jobs for students and contribute to defense research

University of Missouri administrators have signed an education partnership agreement with the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in China Lake, California, which will position Mizzou faculty, researchers and students to partner on advanced national security development efforts. The partnership, including various interdisciplinary researchers from the MU College of Arts and Science and the MU College of Engineering, will foster the exchange of ideas, research and equipment, as well as provide student internships and career development opportunities.

“Solving future global challenges requires broader thinking and far-reaching approaches, and our researchers in the College of Engineering, who already are widely funded through the Department of Defense, are up for the task,” said Elizabeth Loboa, dean of the College of Engineering. “For students, NAVAIR offers a wide array of internship and post-doctoral opportunities that could lead to increased job opportunities once they hit the market.”

NAVAIR’s mission is to provide full “life-cycle” support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by the U.S. Navy and Marines. This support includes research, design, development and systems engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support.

As part of the agreement, MU faculty will use the agreement to exchange information and cutting-edge research enhancements in the area of engineering, including geospatial analysis, development of drones and other equipment, and advanced materials. Physicists and chemists in the College of Arts and Science will lend their expertise in organic semiconductors, enhancements that increase battery life, and thermoelectric materials. Jointly developed technologies will be freely shared among MU and NAVAIR researchers and students.

“Students working with NAVAIR will be able to leverage the organization’s support in seeking competitive fellowships, including Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarships through the Department of Defense,” said Pat Okker, dean of the MU College of Arts and Science. “While our students and faculty certainly will visit China Lake, NAVAIR also is interested in sending their master’s students to Mizzou for doctoral training.”

The agreement is the latest example of Mizzou’s work with the U.S. military to create research that supports the nation’s defense efforts while training students to step into leadership positions at military organizations.

“A strong educational foundation leads to a skilled workforce while helping fuel innovations that benefit society,” MU Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright said. “Mizzou is proud to enhance our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense through the signing of this agreement. Mizzou’s strong ties to industry and defense partners ensure that our students engage in vital, cutting-edge research and educational enrichment.”

The partnership kicked off earlier this summer with a visit to NAVAIR by Hani Salim, associate dean for academic programs in the MU College of Engineering, and J. Chris Pires, associate dean of research for the MU College of Arts and Science.

Ross & Baruzzini Celebrates 65th Year in Business

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Ross & Baruzzini, Inc., an international consulting and design firm, is pleased to announce its 65th anniversary.  Founded in 1953, Ross & Baruzzini has grown from a two-person engineering firm to its present team of more than 300 professionals that operate throughout the United States and serve clients in more than 30 countries.

Headquartered in Webster Groves, Missouri, Ross & Baruzzini has repeatedly garnered local and national recognition.  It has been voted a Best Place to Work in studies conducted under the aegis of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the St. Louis Business Journal. Nationally, the company has moved up 200 spots in the last 10 years in annual industry rankings compiled by Engineering News Record.

Ross & Baruzzini has experienced explosive growth, both organically and through acquisitions. It has acquired four firms in the past five years, expanding service offerings in multiple markets while adding new offices in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Hamden, Conn.

“Our anniversary affords an opportunity to reflect on the core values and tradition of excellence established by Don Ross and Joe Baruzzini and to affirm our ongoing commitment to providing quality design and consulting services,” said William H. Overturf, III, president. “The industry has seen tremendous change in the last 65 years.  We have successfully adapted to these challenges – growing, expanding and most importantly creating new opportunities for our employees while preserving our original culture. The talent and commitment of our staff and loyal clientele has made this possible. We look forward to many more years of mutual success.”

Founded in St. Louis in 1953, Ross & Baruzzini ( is a premier international consulting and design firm continually ranked among the top companies in the nation. The company provides advanced engineering and technology solutions in the transportation, healthcare, government, higher education and mission-critical markets.  Ross & Baruzzini operates from its headquarters in St. Louis with offices in Indianapolis, Kansas City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and Hamden, Conn., and Mexico City, Mexico with staff in Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

Western Specialty Contractors Restores Facade of Historic Downtown St. Louis Monogram Building

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Former 1900s women’s hatmaking factory and warehouse converted to luxury apartments

Western Specialty Contractors – St. Louis Masonry Restoration Branch recently completed a $1.2 million facade restoration of the historic Monogram Building at 1706 Washington Ave. in Downtown St. Louis.

Developer Michael Knight, a partner at Revive Capital Development of Kansas City, MO, converted the nine-story brick and terra cotta building, renamed Monogram on Washington, into 168 modern, luxury apartments (112 one-bedroom, 32 two-bedroom and 24 studio), complete with a roof-top pool. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, originally opened in 1910 as a millinery factory and warehouse in the city’s former garment district.

Western Specialty Contractors first contracted with St. Louis-based general contractor Paric Corporation in November 2016 to begin work on the building’s west elevation while abatement work was getting started. This first phase included installation of 28 new window openings with new lintels and precast sills, 30% brick tuck pointing, pressure washing the entire facade and caulking all window perimeters. Western crews also cut an opening in the south elevation for a buck hoist to be installed. This first phase was completed in September 2017.

A second contract was issued to Western for additional facade restoration work to the north, south and east elevations. Western used two suspended scaffolding and four masons to complete the work in October 2017. The work included:

  • South elevation – tuck pointing 30% of brick joints and 25% of terra cotta joints, caulking all window perimeters and pressure washing
  • North and east elevations – tuck pointing 25% of terra cotta joints and all brick joints, pressure washing, and replacing 10 pieces of missing or damaged terra cotta with Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) replicas

Paric, under the direction of the owner, had Western provide a 135-foot aerial lift so that the jobsite foreman, with assistance from the engineer, could inspect all elevations. Subsequently, Western’s scope of work increased to include tuck pointing all brick and terra cotta joints on the south, north and east elevations; plus replacing an additional 15 pieces of terra cotta with FRP.

With the scope of work more than doubling for Western’s crews, the change proved to be a challenge to the overall schedule for the building’s new roof and pool installation. Western was able to meet the original schedule by adding two swing stages and six more masons working 10-hour shifts, seven days a week. The final facade restoration work was completed in February 2018.

Architect: BNIM

Structural Engineer: Bob D. Campbell and Co.

Historic Preservation: Rosin Preservation

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit

Integrated Facility Services Completes Award-Winning Cooling Tower Project for St. Louis County Government Building

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) has completed a $1 million cooling tower replacement project at the Louis K. Roos County Government Building in Clayton, MO, which houses St. Louis County’s government administration offices. IFS received the OutstandingMechanical Installation Award from the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri for the project.

The project replaced two large wooden cooling towers with two new metal cooling towers. IFS’s work included demolition, structural steel fabrication, mechanical, electrical, insulation, hoisting and painting. Because they were working in a busy business district over occupied space, including the offices of the St. Louis County Executive, IFS kept the chiller system operational at all times and completed all of the hoisting and setting of the new cooling towers on two separate Saturdays.

IFS precisely measured and custom-prefabricated structural steel framing with seismic rated spring vibration isolators, 10” to 16” large bore piping, fittings, valves, and tower pieces, all of which were lifted to the nine-story rooftop by crane. Central Avenue in downtown Clayton was temporarily closed on both crane days to accommodate the installation.

“This project required an extensive amount of precise planning. Everything was measured, detailed, fabricated and painted in advance, and each piece had to fit exactly on installation day,” said Gary Tidwell, Integrated Facility Services (IFS) project manager. “Our highly skilled project team completed the project exactly as planned.” 

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 260 professional and trade employees. For more information, call (636) 680-2100 or (573) 442-6100 and visit


TriStar Properties Begins $115 Million Build-to-Suit Campus for World Wide Technology

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Contegra Construction Building Two Buildings Totaling 2.025 Million SF

One of the largest construction projects in the St. Louis area is emerging from the ground with word that developer TriStar Properties has begun building a 176-acre build-to-suit campus for tenant World Wide Technology (WWT) at Gateway Commerce Center, a 2,300-acre logistics and bulk distribution park near Edwardsville, Ill.  The completion value of the project, which is to yield two equally sized buildings totaling 2.025 million square feet plus parking for nearly 2,000 vehicles, is $115 million.

Privately held and St. Louis-based WWT is an international technology provider with $10.4 billion in annual revenue and 4,600-plus employees in more than 70 offices worldwide. Its lease at Gateway is believed to be the largest industrial property transaction ever executed in the metro St. Louis market.

WWT will devote one building to the production and assembly of technology equipment; the other to product storage and distribution. They are to be completed in April 2019 and August 2019 respectively.

General contractor Contegra Construction of Edwardsville, Ill. is building both structures and will erect the first tilt-up concrete panels in August 2018.

Both buildings will feature a thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roof and 36-foot clear height ceilings.  The warehouse/distribution center will feature 90 dock doors, with cross docking capabilities.  The tech center will feature 30 dock doors.

PCCP, LLC, a real estate finance and investment management firm based in Los Angeles, Calif., is partnering with TriStar on equity financing.

In addition to WWT, Gateway tenants include Amazon, Dial Corp., GENCO ATC, GEODIS, The Hershey Company, Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, Proctor & Gamble, Save-A-Lot, Saddle Creek Logistics Services, DB Schenker, Schneider National, Unilever, USF Logistics, Walgreens and Yazaki of North America.

Founded in 1996, TriStar Properties is a nationally recognized real estate developer. Typically operating through affiliated joint ventures or partnerships, its activity log includes sale or development transactions involving more than 5,000 acres of commercial and residential land; apartment complexes; 1.5 million square feet of office space; 1.2 million square feet of retail space; and several million square feet of industrial/distribution.

Decorative Concrete Joins with American Concrete Institute & American Society of Concrete Contractors

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Decorative Concrete, has become a joint committee of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, according to Bruce Suprenant, technical director, ASCC. Committee chair is Clark Branum, Diamatic.

The mission of ACI 310 is to “develop and report information on the application of artistic finishes of cast-in-place concrete.” The committee has published ACI 310R-13, Guide to Decorative Concrete. The guide describes techniques for imparting decorative finishes to concrete flatwork including detailed, practical guidance for achieving aesthetic effects using proven techniques. Recommendations are made for the production of cast-in-place decorative concrete flatwork, decorative stains, and overlays.

“The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) has been a specialty council of the ASCC for 20 years, “says Branum,” and many DCC members are active on ACI 310. It makes perfect sense to bring the expertise and experiences of the two groups to bear more closely on this committee.”

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers.  There are approximately 750 member companies in the United States and 11 foreign countries.  For more information visit the web site at or call 866-788-2722.

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