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BMC Enterprises Acquires Mark Twain Redi Mix

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BMC Enterprises, Inc., through its affiliate Eastern Missouri Concrete, has completed the acquisition of Mark Twain Redi Mix, headquartered in Hannibal, MO. “This acquisition is exciting for us as we simultaneously consolidate parts of our market, add to our geographic footprint and create an immediate upstream synergy for our aggregate holdings.

We are delighted to welcome the employees of Mark Twain Redi-Mix into the family and look forward to serving a new customer base in northeast Missouri” said Nathan McKean, CEO of BMC Enterprises, Inc. The acquired assets include four stationary ready mix plants, fifty ready mix trucks and a bulk hauling division. The acquisition is consistent with BMC’s long term sustainable growth strategy within the construction materials industry.

BMC is the parent of Breckenridge Material Company founded in St. Louis Missouri in 1925. BMC has become the largest producer of aggregates and concrete in the St. Louis region operating more than 40 locations in Missouri and Illinois.

NECA & IBEW Team on Its 17th St. Louis County Library Branch Improvement

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St. Louis County Library continues to make steady progress on modernizing its branches with the assistance of NECA contractor Briner Electric Co. and its IBEW Local 1 workforce.  On May 30, 2018, St. Louis County Library broke ground on the new $5.6 million Meramec Valley Branch in unincorporated south St. Louis County near Fenton, Mo.  It is the 17th branch improvement since 2014 that will rely on the electrical skills of Briner and IBEW.  Briner is a member of the Electrical Connection a partnership of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The 21,000-square-foot Meramec Valley Branch at 1501 San Simeon Way will replace a 2,690-square-foot branch that was the smallest in St. Louis County Library system.  It will be infused with the latest technology for research and feature a Discovery Zone for children, private study rooms, a quiet reading room, a community meeting room, a business center, a community garden, a walking path and outdoor reading deck.

The library was designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects and Bond Architects. Brinkmann Constructors is the construction manager.

Briner and IBEW have performed electrical installations on 16 other branches in the St. Louis County Library system including Grant’s View, Weber Road, Jamestown Bluffs, Indian Trails, Rock Road, Samuel Sachs, Cliff Cave, Prairie Commons, Natural Bridge, Oak Bend, Bridgeton Trails, Florissant Valley, Daniel Boone, Grand Glaize, Mid-County and Thornhill branches.  The projects have entailed a wide variety of complexities including electrical, fire alarm, decorative and energy efficient lighting, generators for emergency lighting, and technology improvements for new and renovated branches.

The projects are part of a multi-year capital improvement campaign called Your Library Renewed to improve a total of 19 branches. In 2012, voters approved a $.06 tax increase to fund new facilities and upgrades to existing structures, as well as enhanced library programs and services. More information on all of the library improvements including images can be found at https://www.slcl.org/content/your-library-renewed.

Founded in 1895, Briner is the second oldest NECA-member contractor in the country.  Visit its web site at www.brinerelec.com.

Missouri Legislators Reduce Cap on Historic Tax Credits for Developers

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

The Missouri General Assembly ended May 18 with passage of legislation that reduces the state’s historic tax credit program’s annual cap, requires developers to go through more hoops and arguably opens the process up to some arbitrary judgment as to which projects receive these incentives.

Spencer Fane Partner and Tax Credit Group Chairman Shawn Whitney said last Friday’s vote to cut the cap from $140 million to $90 million was somewhat predictable, despite ardent lobbying from the law firm, real estate investors, developers and Historic Revitalization, the nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing urban areas including downtown St. Louis. Whitney said the details of SB 590 remain to be discovered. The law takes effect July 1.

State historic tax credits are a valuable economic stimulus tool, according to Whitney, because they require four dollars in private equity before any one dollar’s worth of credit is awarded. HTCs spur economic activity, jobs and overall investment in restoring and redeveloping long-neglected urban areas, he said.

“We’d spent a lot of time hoping to get enough no votes so that Senate Bill 590 wouldn’t pass and that the historic tax credit program in Missouri wouldn’t be modified,” said Whitney, “but toward the close of regular session, it became a mitigation issue. The devil’s in the details, for sure. We’re working with our state legislators to really define what the law means,” he added.

Prior to last week’s passage of SB 590, Missouri’s total annual allotment of historic tax credit dollars was $140 million. While for many years that was ample, Whitney said, in 2017 Missouri exceeded the cap.

“SB 590 reduces the annual cap to $90 million,” he said. “The law does allocate an additional $30 million for high-poverty urban areas, those which qualify under the U.S. Census Bureau’s definition of qualified census tracts wherein at least 20 percent of residents are at the poverty level. That’s a really good provision. But in terms of the annual cap, we feel like we’re going to hit that $120 million number annually.”

More troublesome than the increased annual cap on Missouri’s historic tax credit incentives is the increased degree of subjective input SB 590 allows, according to Whitney. The Missouri Department of Economic Development now has heightened authority over who receives the incentive, as do elected officials whose districts and towns are applying for the state-funded credits.

“Getting through the cost certification process at the end of the development project is already difficult,” he said. “We’ve had projects in Missouri where the respective economic development departments approved our structure at the start of the venture but later changed their minds during the approval process. The entire process is pretty arbitrary, when what a historic preservation and development project really needs is reliability and consistency.”

Each project applying for Missouri historic tax credits is required to go through a net fiscal benefit review, according to Spencer Fane – one that is not yet defined within the new law. “We think that’s troublesome,” said Whitney. “There is a lot of ambiguity in the term ‘quality’ as it pertains to project development,” he said. “Quality truly is in the eye of the beholder. Another section of the new law that concerns us greatly is that input by local officials as to the importance of their proposed project – in whose district the proposed project is located – will now be afforded greater influence. Prior to the passage of SB 590, historic tax credits were by right, meaning that if your project was on the National Register of Historic Places and you rehabbed the building in accordance with the Secretary of the (U.S. Department of the) Interior’s standards for redevelopment, the historic tax credits were guaranteed. The type of language contained in this new law lends itself to what we dealt with in the affordable housing issues years ago,” he added.

Another new requirement in SB 590 is that developers must submit evidence of the capacity of the development to finance costs for rehabilitating the property. “Especially when you’re dealing with a reduced (HTC) cap, it’s difficult for the (development) industry as a whole,” Whitney said. “Due to the increased cost and risk level of historic redevelopment projects, often more projects are attempted than succeed. A couple of current (St. Louis-area) projects that received HTCs have not been able to move forward, yet those historic tax credits aren’t able to be allocated to other rehab efforts in a timely manner. It can truly be a chicken-and-egg issue.”

SB 590 also requires qualifying development projects to commence within nine months of being awarded historic tax credits, rather than over a two-year period as had been in existence prior. “What you’re likely going to see are more shovel-ready projects,” Whitney said. “Developers are going to have to spend a little more money preparing their project to obtain commitments from lenders and tax credit investors, but we think we can work through it. We’ll see as the marketplace plays out. SB 590 doesn’t contain any provisions that should impact the pricing.”

In contrast, he added, the federal tax credit provision – which now allocates a 20 percent credit over five years – may impact pricing, with investors often lowering their investments in qualifying rehab projects by 10 cents to 12 cents on the dollar.

“Having represented developers for nearly 20 years, I can attest to the fact that they’re an adaptable bunch,” said Whitney. “So long as Missouri historic tax credit issuance doesn’t become a political and arbitrary process, developers in St. Louis and across Missouri should be able to adapt.”

 

 

Planning Firms to Redevelop Washington Avenue Garment District into ‘Modern Epicenter of the Creative Economy’

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

St. Louis’ Historic Garment District got a boost May 25 with city and nonprofit leaders announcing the next phase in this long-term, comprehensive redevelopment effort.

The east-west stretch along Washington Avenue from 18th Street to Tucker Boulevard was once among the largest U.S. clothing manufacturing hubs, second only to New York City. From the late 1800s to the early 1920s, revival-style buildings – designed by greats including Theodore Link and Albert Groves – bustled with activity in the manufacturing of domestic garments and related accessories. Post-World War II, a decline in garment production in St. Louis and elsewhere manifested in a series of vacant, multi-story, brick and stone buildings. Redevelopment so far in the district has included dining and entertainment venues as well as residential living options.

But thanks to 20 years of effort driven by what today is known as Downtown STL Inc., more than $6 million in public and private investment has been pumped into the Garment District and nearly all the buildings are occupied. The latest historic redevelopments include Paric Corp.’s restoration of the former CPI headquarters at 1706 Washington into Monogram – an urban living development – and Paric’s work-in-progress to repurpose the historic International Shoe Building at 1501 Washington into a shoe-themed boutique hotel known as Last Hotel. Together the two projects approach $100 million in development.

The State of Missouri’s adoption in 1998 of a tax credit for the redevelopment of historic buildings spurred the rehabilitation of large-scale renovation projects along the Washington Avenue corridor.

At Tuesday’s press conference, leaders from St. Louis City, Downtown STL and the Saint Louis Fashion Fund announced the city’s selection of New York-based Martinez+Johnson Architecture PC and development consultant BJH Advisors LLC as its choice to partner with St. Louis-based TAO + LEE Associates Inc. in leading efforts to continue rejuvenating the district in a plan that engages residents and businesses in the process. Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District is funding $100,000 toward the planning and design work.

“Community engagement begins today,” said Missy Kelley, president of Downtown STL Inc. “Since 1998, more than 20 buildings here have been rehabbed, resulting in more than 700 new apartments and condominiums. And in terms of infrastructure, significant streetscape improvements along Washington Avenue have also been made.”

Once Monogram and Last Hotel are completed, Kelley added, all major buildings along Washington Avenue in the Garment District would tout redeveloped/occupied upper floors.

Linda Martínez, St. Louis deputy mayor for development, said the collaborative design venture is being propelled by a doable funding mechanism paired with a spirit of public involvement. “This is really about jobs and about the restoration of what was once a very vibrant area of downtown,” Martínez said. “This is not merely a plan. This is going to be a reality in the near future.”

Steven Stainbrook, associate principal and director of planning at Martinez+Johnson, said project partners are working to leverage the existing successes of the Garment District’s status within the Washington Avenue Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places to attract additional investment. “We want the Garment District to be a place where creative people want to be,” said Stainbrook. “We’re not here to start over. We’re here to continue the work that has already been done and to infuse fresh energy that coalesces around a vision. If we get this right in parallel with smart policy initiatives that build on the recent successes of the fashion incubator (Saint Louis Fashion Fund) and support development of a broader ecosystem of creative industries, we will have laid the groundwork for transforming this neighborhood.”

Martinez+Johnson was also part of the team that recently led the revitalization of New York’s garment district.

Peter Tao, principal of TAO + LEE commended the study that will gather public input for what the rehabilitated district will look like. “With so much construction activity and development in and around downtown, and with the near completion of the network of new and improved public parks, it is exciting to envision what the role of this district can be to enhance the area,” said Tao. “This placemaking planning study is very timely.”

Spiegelglass Construction Builds Two New Area Restaurants

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Spiegelglass Construction Company recently completed construction on a brand new First Watch location opening in St. Ann on Monday, May 28th. This is the tenth location for the popular breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant in St. Louis, and the ninth Spiegelglass Construction has built.

The 3,400-square-foot eatery, which will open at 7 a.m. on Monday, is located at 985 Northwest Plaza Drive in the Crossings at Northwest shopping center.

“We’ve had a very longstanding relationship with First Watch,” said Tim Spiegelglass, co-owner of Spiegelglass Construction Company. “We’re proud to have once again completed this restaurant well in advance of opening so the team had ample time for set-up prior to welcoming customers next week.”

The new restaurant, which will seat 112 people with space for an additional 16 on the outdoor patio, will open with First Watch’s latest interior design which combines farm fresh elements with a high-energy, urban vibe. First Watch’s curated menu takes an elevated approach to traditional and innovative offerings made to order using farm fresh ingredients.

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St. Louis-based Spiegelglass Construction Company will be beginning construction on a second Fitz’s Root Beer location in early July. The new 9,000 square-foot restaurant, which will feature both a full service bar as well as a second dairy bar for shakes and floats, will seat 220 people inside with space for an additional 40 on the outdoor patio.

The new restaurant will be part of South County’s new Gathering Square Development located at 5228-5240 S. Lindbergh Blvd. According to Spiegelglass Construction, the new Fitz’s location is expected to open before the year’s end.

Fitz’s Root Beer was created in St. Louis in 1947, and opened its first restaurant in the Delmar Loop in 1993. This is the second location for Fitz’s owner and president Michael Alter.

“We’ve been looking for a location for quite some time and we’re excited to be part of the Gathering Square development,” said Fitz’s owner and president Michael Alter. “We’re worked with Spiegelglass Construction on projects before, and are looking forward to their help with this expansion.”

“Fitz’s is a well-known establishment in St. Louis for a good reason,” said Barry Spiegelglass, co-owner of Spiegelglass Construction Company. “Our family frequents the current location for their famous floats and turkey burgers, and we’re thrilled to be working with Michael once again on his new space.”

Based in St. Louis, Spiegelglass Construction Company has been a family-owned general contractor since its inception in 1904. For more information, please visit www.spiegelglass-gc.com.

Payne Family Homes Holds Floor Signing Party for Upcoming St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

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Payne Family Homes along with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital held a floor signing party on Thursday, May 17 for its annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in the Legends Pointe subdivision in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Community members, volunteers, trade partners and suppliers gathered to write well wishes for the Dream Home winner and St. Jude patients before the floors are installed in a room in the home’s finished lower level. Trade partner and vendor sponsors who contributed $10,000 or more to the construction of the home were also recognized for their commitment to St. Jude.

Tickets to win the 2018 St. Jude Dream Home in Legends Pointe and other great prizes go on sale Thursday, June 14. They are $100 each and only 10,750 tickets will be sold. Money raised will directly benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Free tours of the St. Jude Dream Home will be available starting Saturday, July 21 at 9:00 a.m.  The winners will be announced Thursday, September 6.

For more information go to, www.paynefamilyhomes.com or http://dreamhome.org.

Established as one of the Payne Family of companies in 2005, Payne Family Homes has quickly risen to be the St. Louis metro region’s fastest-growing homebuilder and recently was named one of the area’s fastest growing companies by the St. Louis Business Journal. With communities in some of the most desirable areas of St. Louis and St. Charles counties, Payne Family Homes builds memorable estate homes, villas, and single-family homes in nearly every price range. For more information, visit Payne Family Homes online or call (314) 477-1218. 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Future Of Hyperloop In Missouri Is Highlighted During Freightweek STL Conference

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As excitement continues to grow for the transformative Hyperloop ONE project and prospective locations throughout the world that can bring this innovative technology to life, members of Missouri’s Hyperloop Coalition updated attendees at the inaugural FreightWeek STL conference on the steps they are taking to help bring the Hyperloop to Missouri.

The Missouri Hyperloop Coalition is a public-private partnership of several civic organizations and the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Coalition has taken the lead in coordinating a major engineering feasibility study of the Hyperloop technology, as well as the proposed route. Missouri is among the top five sites in the world under consideration for the first inter-city route. The technology combines two types of technologies that already exist – Maglev trains, which use magnetic levitation to move vehicles, and vacuum tubes. These two technologies create a coasting effect that would allow for the movement of people and goods at 700 miles per hour. The proposed Missouri route would run between St. Louis and Kansas City along Interstate 70.

Tom Blair, MoDOT’s District Engineer for St. Louis, and Andrew Smith, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, are members of the Coalition and provided an update May 22 on this innovative project.

Blair has played a crucial role in bringing the concept of Hyperloop to Missouri. In 2015, he led MoDOT’s Road to Tomorrow team, exploring innovations that could generate new revenue for transportation in Missouri. The effort received national recognition by AASHTO. He spoke about many of the innovative concepts that have come out of Road to Tomorrow, including the discovery of Hyperloop, which would create a lucrative revenue stream from the energy created with air traveling through the Hyperloop tube.

“I got the chance to go to Los Angeles to the headquarters of Hyperloop One, and I walked in somewhat as a pessimist,” noted Blair. “I didn’t think a new mode of transportation could be created. But I also walked in optimistic because of my work leading the Road to Tomorrow initiative. After I spent a half a day with the Hyperloop team at their headquarters, I was excited to come back to Missouri and convince my leadership team that we need to figure out how to partner with this Hyperloop team.”

From there, Hyperloop One, now known as Virgin Hyperloop One, created a global challenge to bring awareness to the project and form partnerships that would help bring this project to life. The Missouri team applied to participate in the challenge and was initially selected as a semifinalist for its proposed St. Louis-Kansas City line but not a finalist. Hyperloop was still impressed by the KC-Stl route proposal, and after further collaboration and discussions, the route is now among the top five in the world to potentially be built.

Andrew Smith, the co-founder of the Missouri Hyperloop Coalition, has become a leading advocate for ultra-high speed transportation in the Midwest region as a means to spur innovation and economic development. He is working to not only bring Hyperloop technology to Missouri but is also with the departments of transportation from several states to promote a “Heartland Hyperloop” route that would ultimately connect Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus and Pittsburgh. He spoke at the conference about why the Hyperloop technology made sense for our region.

“We believe the next big mode of transportation is Hyperloop,” Smith said. “We are more than just a nation of city and states, we are a nation of megaregions. Kansas City and St. Louis are strategically located megaregions. Imagine what we can do if we can connect these two megaregions. And that’s essentially what Hyerloop is doing. It’ll allow you to travel between downtown KC and downtown St. Louis in under 30 minutes.”

Smith pointed out that Hyperloop would make St. Louis the 9th largest economic development mega region in the country. It would be bigger than Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Minneapolis or Seattle. St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia would be able to combine workforces to attract development in the state, which would help strengthen our position as a global leader.

Both Smith and Blair touted the advantages Missouri has over the other proposed routes that include paths through Denver, Texas, Dubai, India and one connecting Chicago to Pittsburgh. Missouri offers a straight route to enable the highest speeds, would connect two major metropolitan regions with demand for shorter commute times, low land cost, a favorable regulatory environment, significant engagement from both public and private sectors and an ideal central location to begin construction of transcontinental route.

Smith pointed out that every milestone has been met or surpassed so far, including endorsement from MoDOT, support from the Missouri Department of Economic Development and full engagement with Hyperloop One. Currently a feasibility study is being completed byengineering firm Black and Veatch, which is based in Kansas City, at no cost to tax payers. Among the items being studied are precise route/alignment along I-70, land issues that will be encountered (i.e. tunnels, bridges, etc.), regulatory frameworks that will allow the system to be built, cost, economic and social impacts and the ability to run profitably. The study will be complete in September or October.

“We believe that Virgin Hyperloop One is going to be able to successfully commercialize this technology,” Smith said. “The world is only becoming more competitive, and Hyperloop One is a transformative economic development project. It’s about jobs, talent attraction, investment, innovation and showing global leadership.  There is a real opportunity to bring this technology here, and we would love to be the first place in the world to have Hyperloop One.”

For more information on the project, visit https://hyperloop-one.com/.  To see a full schedule of events for FreightWeek STL, click here. For detailed descriptions of each of the Education Sessions, click here. To learn more about FreightWeek STL, or register to attend, visithttp://freightweekstl.thefreightway.com/.

The Waterways Journal, Inc., is a full-service media company that produces trade magazines, trade shows like IMX, directories, websites and related communications. It is a family owned business operating in St. Louis, Mo. since 1887. Through its division, Ripple Custom Media, it also produces consumer titles and provides custom publishing services. 

The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) is a multistate research institution formed to assist member states on understanding the relationship of transportation needs to international and commercial traffic.  ITTS is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in the State of Louisiana. Current membership consists of the State Departments of Transportation from the following States: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Virginia and West Virginia. ITTS’s mission focuses on providing research data and expert opinions to its Members concerning the effects of commercial freight movements on domestic and international activities, with reference to infrastructure and transportation needs and safety implications.   

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

Midwest BankCentre Completes Remodeling of Clayton, Mo. Branch

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A fixture of downtown Clayton now has a fresh look. Locally-owned Midwest BankCentre has completed a top-to-bottom remodeling of its branch at 8020 Forsyth Ave. near Brentwood.

Opened in 2000, the full-service bank has new floor coverings, lighting, finishes and signage plus the capability to serve drive-up customers from the lobby via a remote tube/video system.

The lobby features a new i-café where customers can enjoy a cup of coffee, access a complimentary computer station and transact business at one of four teller stations, including a station accessible to persons with disabilities.

Outside, one drive-up lane is dedicated to a 24-hour ATM and the other to daily financial transactions. Four full-time universal bankers extend the bank’s trademark highly personal service to customers. “When we opened in 2000, bank assets totaled $720 million and deposits were $531 million,” said Ethan Bowers, Clayton branch manager. “Today, assets are $1.9 billion and deposits are $1.4 billion. Our Clayton branch is perfectly positioned to continue making meaningful contributions to our growth.”

The branch is open weekdays, with drive-up hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and lobby hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.MidwestBankCentre.com.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. Currently, it ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance. The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Forceand its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter.

Photo Above (From Left) Ethan Bowers, Dale Oberkfell, Lisa Bulczak, Erin Erhart & Jim Watson

McGrath & Associates begins work on Barnes-Jewish Hospital Emergency Department Behavioral Health Pod

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McGrath & Associates has begun work on the renovation and expansion of the Behavioral Health Pod within the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Emergency Department in St. Louis. McGrath is the general contractor and construction manager on the project. The architect is TKH and the engineer is Aedifica Case Engineering. Construction is scheduled for completion in October 2018.

McGrath will move the emergency department X-ray room and several offices to make space for the Behavioral Health Pod expansion at Barnes-Jewish. Psychiatric safety is being incorporated throughout the design of the new area, to enhance the safety of staff and patients.

The 8,400-square-foot renovated space will include an open treatment area with shared bays and separate rooms. Features include safe “quiet” rooms, enhanced security on doors, and psych-safe space design, products and equipment.

Because the renovation is taking place in occupied health care areas, McGrath is implementing strict isolation and infection prevention measures to ensure a clean and safe environment for patients and staff.

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. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit www.mcgrathconstruction.com.

Solar Energy Heats Up Illinois Market Guarantee Electrical to Install 100KW System at High Mount School

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Guarantee Electrical Company (GECO) and High Mount School have bright plans in August 2018 when GECO will install a 100-kilowatt solar array on the roof of the school.  The solar array, designed and engineered by Sun Source, will help High Mount school district to reduce energy and operating costs, as well furthering the schools sustainability goals.

“It has been a vision of mine as well as the High Mount School Board of Education for the past six years to install a solar panel array” said Superintendent Mark Halwachs.  “Guarantee Electrical is making this vision a reality through their expertise and guidance with the installation process.  The solar panel array will offer STEM activities in our classrooms, with students determining the efficiency of the panels and the amount of electricity that they are producing each day.”

“We are delighted to once again help High Mount School reduce their energy costs and become more sustainable” stated Steve Juan Executive Vice President of Guarantee Electrical Company. “Helping a long term client, which happens to be a school, to take advantage of the solar energy incentives now available in Illinois and realize their long term vision is particularly gratifying.”

Renowned for its expertise in energy systems construction, monitoring and consumption, Guarantee Electrical Company and partners have developed a turn key program for our Illinois clients interested in solar energy.  Guarantee Electrical is a two time “Partner of the Year” winner of Ameren’s Trade Ally Partnership Program.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States. To learn more visit www.geco.com.

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