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IMPACT Strategies Completes Academy Sports + Outdoors Store In Record Time

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Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies of Fairview Heights, Illinois, today announced it has completed construction of the first Illinois retail location for Academy Sports + Outdoors. The 62,000-square-foot store is located at 1574 Highway 50 in O’Fallon, Illinois in the high-volume Lincoln Crossing retail development. The retailer hosted its grand opening on November 18, 2016.


IMPACT Strategies began foundation excavation the third week of May and continued with an aggressive schedule that enabled the company to turnover the store to the client just 150 days after the start of construction. Tilt-up construction was used to accommodate the store’s fast-track delivery. IMPACT Strategies worked with architect Harrison French & Associates of Bentonville, Arkansas on the project.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “Tilt-up construction has many advantages, including cost containment, fast-track schedules, architectural aesthetics and durability. Using this method proved to be the most efficient approach for this project allowing us to overcome excessive weather delays to meet the client’s aggressive deadline.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing, and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more.  The Texas-based company has more than 200 stores nationwide with plans to aggressively expand into the Midwest. It currently plans to soon open a store in Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, approximately 40 miles from O’Fallon, Illinois.

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

The Korte Company To Begin Design-Build Project For BJC At Alton Memorial Hospital In Alton, Illinois

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The Korte Company was awarded a 2-story, 42,166 square foot addition to the existing Medical Office Building ‘B’, located on the Alton Memorial Hospital campus in Alton, Illinois. The adjacent construction will occupy an existing parking lot, which will be removed. The anticipated construction is marked for early 2017 and is expected to be completed within the year.

The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Highland, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma; and Las Vegas, Nevada. The company manages, on average, an excess of $250 million in annual construction volume.

The Korte Company’s project expertise includes building for federal, state and local government agencies as well as the design and construction of healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, schools, recreation centers and office complexes.


Staybridge Suites Opens in Maryland Heights, Mo.

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Midas Hospitality to manage new property

A $16 million Staybridge Suites recently opened at 25 Progress Parkway in Maryland Heights, Mo.  The 122-room all-suites hotel will be managed by Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group.  The hotel was built by Midas Hospitality’s sister company MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations.

Staybridge Suites offers both one and two bedroom suites for its guests.  The hotel provides fully equipped kitchens, state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor swimming pool and plenty of amenities including free laundry facilities and complimentary breakfast.

“With the full kitchens and all-suites layout, the Staybridge Suites-Maryland Heights is perfect for the extended stay and transient guest visiting the Maryland Heights/Westport Plaza area,” said Kurt Furlong, Midas Hospitality’s Principal and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  “The hotel is the epitome of convenience with easy access to Interstates 70 and 270.  The hotel’s location sits proximate to the many nearby corporations including the expansive Edward Jones’ North Campus.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 27 hotels in 11 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

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 here.

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 For registration information, contact Missouri S&T’s office of Distance and Continuing Education at 573-341-6222 or

Fleurissant Parc Place Building in Florissant is Now Being Used as Training Site for First Responders

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A Florissant real estate development at 1475 Carla Drive that has been in limbo for eight years has found a vibrant new use as a training site for first responders.

Members of the Florissant Fire Protection District, Black Jack Fire Protection District and Florissant Police Department are using the formerly derelict structure that was part of the Fleurissant Parc Place development to train first responders for real-life situations.

Greg Raftery, secretary to the president of the International Painters and Allied Trades Union, has coordinated with Florissant resident and community supporter Rick Phillips of All-American Painting Contractors to provide union painters.  They will be spray painting more than 200 gallons of paint on the exterior of the three-story complex.

Steve Goldenberg and Milton Goldenberg of Golden Management, owners of the property, have generously agreed to allow the use of the building to first responders and also are donating the paint.  Appropriate signage to identify the purpose of the site also is being donated.

Senator Emeritus Tim Green, governmental affairs director of the Electrical Connection for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1, is securing high-lift platforms.  KB Electric Company, another community supporter from Florissant, is supplying and installing security lighting for the building.  Chuck Barcom, owner of Meridian Waste Management, is donating use of a construction dumpster for use by workers.

Use of the building by first responders has enabled the City of Florissant to solve a problem that has been a source of annoyance for years both for City administrators and for residents in nearby homes and apartments.

While the three-story building is structurally sound, the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District and Black Jack Fire Protection District are at work removing windows and doors and replacing them with painted plywood to protect the building from the weather and unauthorized personnel.  They also are cleaning out the inside of the structure.  Even with the unsightly look of the building, it has remained structurally solid and the interior has remained in good shape.

“We are delighted that Golden Management has generously agreed to allow first responders to use this location as their First Responders Training Center,” said Florissant Mayor Thomas P. Schneider.  “The use of this building by first responders from the Florissant Fire Protection District, Black Jack Fire Protection District and Florissant Police Department is an excellent and very important utilization for the facility.  It also contributes to the safety of our residents and those throughout North County.”

fire-training-peepsMayor Schneider would like to thank Florissant Economic Development Director Bob Russell for coordinating all aspects of this project with the first responders, generous sponsors, union trade workers and companies in finding a valuable use for this dormant structure.

Founded in 1786, Florissant is the largest city in St. Louis County, with a population of more than 52,000 residents. 

IMPACT Strategies Completes Two Projects for Ameren Illinois

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Fairview Heights-based construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies today announced it completed two major building construction projects for Ameren Illinois in central Illinois.

ameren-decatur-extIMPACT Strategies constructed a regional operations center located at 1505 E. University Drive in Macomb, Illinois. The 40,000-square-foot pre-engineered metal building was built to accommodate local Ameren Illinois gas and electric crews. It contains office space and a truck garage for repair and maintenance of Ameren Illinois’ fleet. As part of the project, IMPACT Strategies also completed extensive site paving for a materials storage yard. The project team included Riddle Design, architect; Hein Construction Co., Inc., earthwork, site utilities and concrete; The PIPCO Companies, Ltd, fire protection and plumbing; Crawford Company, HVAC; and Birdsley Electric, Inc., electric.  More than 25 percent of the work was performed by minority and women-owned businesses.

ameren-decatur-intIn Decatur, Illinois, IMPACT Strategies built a 12,000-square-foot multi-state gas control center located at 2425 N. Woodford Street.  The building has raised access flooring within the command center and is constructed of steel and cast-in-place structural concrete walls. Mission critical areas of the building are FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) rated to withstand 250 mph winds. The facility has approximately 20 full-time Ameren Illinois staff members. It is an around-the-clock operation where highly skilled workers remotely monitor gas transmission and distribution networks in Illinois and Missouri to ensure the safety and reliability of its operations.

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. 

2016 Construction Awards Gala Recognizes Best of Missouri’s Construction Industry

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Features 19th Annual Keystone Awards and 6th Annual Specialty Contractor of the Year Awards

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri announced the winners of its 2016 construction industry awards at its gala event at the River City Casino & Hotel.  The Construction Awards Gala featured the 19th Annual Construction Keystone Awards which highlight the creativity and talents of Missouri’s construction industry.  This year also marks the sixth time the AGC of Missouri has named First Place Specialty Contractors in 12 disciplines along with the coveted Specialty Contractor of the Year.

The 19th Annual Keystone Awards were presented to 10 contractors chosen from a group of 27 finalists covering a broad spectrum of project types including hospitals, educational buildings, manufacturing facilities, treatment plants, railyards and retail.  The awards ceremony also honored the owners of the projects in this elite group.

The Construction Keystone Awards are not awarded based upon a project’s beauty. Instead, the Keystone Awards recognize a contractor’s success in achieving solutions during construction for challenges faced on a project.  The awards are a glowing recognition of construction professionals whose skill, teamwork and spirit of innovation make a lasting contribution to a community by building the facilities that support and enhance the quality of life. Safety performance and workforce diversity also are essential components of overall performance.

Keystone Project of the Year winners include: Interface Construction Corporation for the Agriculture Pavilion at the Saint Louis Science Center (St. Louis, MO); icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering for BJC-Washington University Medical School Campus Renewal Project-Penthouse (St. Louis, MO); S. M. Wilson & Co. for IKEA St. Louis (St. Louis, MO); L. Keeley Construction Company for the Illinois River Transmission Project-Mississippi River Cross (Palmyra, MO to Quincy, IL); Concrete Strategies, LLC for Railroad Depot Grand Staircase (Poplar Bluff, MO); Guarantee Electrical Company for William H. Danforth Wing of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (St. Louis, MO); Guarantee Electrical Company for December 2015 Flood Mitigation for Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (Fenton, MO); PayneCrest Electric, Inc. for Flint Creek Environmental Retrofit (Gentry, AR); ISC Contracting, Inc. for Varsity Tutors LLC Corporate Headquarters (St. Louis, MO); and, Herzog/Reyes, a Joint Venture for Pier E Container Yard / Intermodal Railyard, Phase I (Long Beach, CA).  Click here for project photos and descriptions.

The 2016 Keystone Heritage Award was awarded to the Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Since its first presentation in 1997, the Heritage Award’s purpose is to recognize a project of significance and ongoing importance that was built prior to the inception of the Keystone Awards.  If ever there was a project that exemplified the elements of a Keystone Award long before the award criteria was even developed, it is the Bagnell Dam.  This construction project – virtually the only major construction project in the nation during the Great Depression – created the economic engine known to us as Lake of the Ozarks and continues to provide power for Missourians nearly 90 years later.

Specialty Contractor Awards

The AGC of Missouri also announced 12 Specialty Contractor of the Year (SCOTY) Awards to Specialty Contractors voted “First Place” in their discipline by the general contractor members of the AGC.  The General Contractor members were asked to consider a Specialty Contractor’s timeliness in regard to completion of project(s), ability to stay within budget and their overall experience with the specialty contractor.  The 12  First Place Specialty Contractor of the Year (SCOTY) award winners are:  D & S Fencing CO., Inc. (Ancillary Services); Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Co., Inc. (Concrete / Paving); Drilling Service Company (Earthwork & Utilities); Guarantee Electrical Company (Electrical); Spirtas Wrecking Company (Environmental Remediation & Demolition); T. J. Wies Contracting, Inc. (Int. & Ext. Finishes, Openings & Fixtures); Murphy Company (HVAC / Piping); Grant Masonry Contracting Co., Inc.(Masonry); Fire Tech, LLC (Plumbing & Fire Protection); Waterhout Construction, Inc. (Structural & Finish Carpentry); ACME Erectors, Inc. (Structural & Finish Metals); and, Kirberg Company (Thermal & Moisture Protection).

The Specialty Contractor receiving the most votes by General Contractors also was presented the Specialty Contractor of the Year award by the AGC of Missouri. This distinction was awarded to T. J. Wies Contracting, Inc.

“As the largest statewide construction trade association it’s really exciting for us to have the opportunity to highlight outstanding projects completed by our members here in Missouri and throughout the country.  The SCOTY Awards provide our General Contractors the opportunity to honor our specialty contractors for their contributions to the success of a project,” said Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of the AGC.  “More than ever in today’s competitive and challenging construction environment, collaboration is the key to making a successful project happen.”

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the united voice of the construction industry, representing nearly 550 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties in Missouri. Visit:

Modjeski & Masters Rehabs Union Station Tunnel Project Will Improve MetroLink Commuter Rail Services in St. Louis

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modjeski-masters-logoThe bridge design and engineering firm Modjeski and Masters announces that it will perform engineering services required for the rehabilitation and replacement of the oldest portions of the Union Station Tunnel in St. Louis, Mo. The work will help to maintain a viable alignment for Bi-State Development’s MetroLink commuter rail services and provide continued access to 18th and Clark Streets and surrounding destinations such as the St. Louis Union Station, the Peabody Opera House and the Scottrade Center. The project will employ a construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) delivery model where the preliminary design team works with the CM/GC to complete contract documents and oversee construction.

Modjeski and Masters has collaborated with Metro to inspect and repair the Union Station Tunnel since 2005. During that time, Modjeski and Masters has become intimately familiar with the existing structure configuration, structural issues and drainage concerns. Modjeski and Masters also understands Metro’s safety concerns and desire to conduct work with minimal disruption to rail traffic. With this latest project, Modjeski and Masters will focus on rehabilitating and replacing the oldest portions of the tunnel.

“The rehabilitation of the Union Station Tunnel presents several unique technical challenges,” said Michael F. Britt, PE, Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development at Modjeski and Masters. “With extensive experience working with contractors on behalf of owners to streamline the construction process and deliver projects more efficiently and effectively, our expert project staff is uniquely positioned to address these challenges and help Metro complete this project on time and under budget.”

Originally built in 1902 by the Terminal Railroad Association, the steel frame portion of the tunnel served as subway access for the 36 rail lines entering St. Louis Union Station. In 1929, the subway tunnel was lengthened to the west by extending the steel framing to the width of the overhead train shed and adding a concrete slab and column segment. When Metro initiated service in the 1990s, a two-cell reinforced concrete box culvert segment was constructed to extend the alignment west. Today, the Union Station Tunnel crosses beneath the St. Louis Union Station parking lot, five sets (four active) of excursion train tracks and 20th and 21st Streets.

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc. Wins 2016 International Achievement Award

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Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, was recognized with 2016 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications.

Sigma Aldrich Mfg Project
Sigma Aldrich Mfg Project

Lawrence Fabric received an Award of Excellence for its Sigma Aldrich Manufacturing project. The project was recognized in the competition’s Commercial Awnings & canopies < 1,000 Square Feet category. In addition, Lawrence received an Outstanding Achievement Award for its University of Iowa Dental Science Building project. The project was recognized in the competition’s Exterior Shades & Screens category.

University of Iowa Dental Science Building project
University of Iowa Dental Science Building project

For more than six decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation, highlighting truly spectacular work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. The International Achievement Awards competition is sponsored by IFAI, a not-for-profit trade association who’s over 1,600 member companies represent the growing international specialty fabrics and technical textiles marketplace.

IFAI received a total of 296 entries from 10 countries that were submitted for 42 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were chosen for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area.

All entries receive prominent recognition at the IFAI Expo, the largest specialty fabrics tradeshow in the Americas. Winners receive additional publicity through coverage in IFAI magazines and press releases distributed to media professionals.

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Wiegmann Associates Wins Contracting Business Design/Build Award for BAE Systems Project

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Wiegmann Associates won a Contracting Business Design/Build award for their work on the built-to-suit campus for BAE Systems in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Wiegmann designed and installed a $4.3 million design/build HVAC, process piping, and Building Management System (BMS) for BAE System’s new 334,000-square-foot, world-class aviation electronics manufacturing and office center. The new center replaced BAE Systems’ 1940s-era production facility. Wiegmann also provided a complete BIM as-built model. The general contractor was Arco National Construction Company, Inc.

“We are proud to be honored for our work on this state-of-the-art manufacturing project,” said Steve Pearce, Vice President of Business Development for Wiegmann Associates. “This project challenged us to design a flexible, efficient HVAC system within precise temperature and humidity requirements in just 20 months, with no interruption in manufacturing production. We were able to achieve that goal through engineering solutions, tight phasing and strict scheduling.”

The Contracting Business Design/Build Awards honor the finest examples of commercial Design/Build HVAC mechanical systems installations across the U.S. The winning projects “used collaborative relationships to achieve premium comfort, modern efficiency and the utmost in energy savings,” according to Terry McIver, executive editor of Contracting Business.

BAE’s new 334,000-square-foot building includes a nearly 50,000-square-foot office/support area and a 285,000-square-foot manufacturing production floor with complex process piping: gaseous nitrogen, compressed air, hot exhaust air and chemical exhaust air. The manufacturing processes require cooling water to keep production equipment operating within temperature tolerances.

BAE Systems needed ultimate flexibility on the production floor to be able to rearrange equipment as needed for future product demand. Wiegmann Associates collaborated with the owner to design a solution that would be cost-effective without compromising the HVAC and piping systems.

The team was challenged to meet precise temperature and humidity controls on the production floor, with air temperature in the 72-75F range and relative humidity between 30% to 60% year-round. The Wiegmann design solution maintains consistent humidity across the production floor while minimizing equipment. Wiegmann also installed a Delta Controls custom building management system with web access to allow the owner to monitor and control all systems remotely.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.

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