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The Korte Company Begins Work For 31,000 Sq Ft Monrovia, Indiana Performing Arts Center

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The Korte Company will begin construction of a new performing arts center on the campus of Monrovia High School. The Monroe-Gregg School District recently awarded The Korte Company the 31,000 square foot design-build project through a best value selection process.

OMS Architecture, based out of Indianapolis and The Korte Company partnered to form the Korte/OMS Team and developed the design and construction proposal for the new facility.

The 600-seat facility is expected to open in the spring of 2018 and will also serve as classroom space for the school’s performing arts classes, including band and choir. Additionally, the new center will include a state-of-the-art sound system, dressing rooms, as well as many of the amenities of a modern performing arts center.

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 school, healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, recreation centers and office complexes.

PGAV Destinations Awards $3,000 Scientific Research Grant

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U. of Massachusetts-Amherst Doctoral Candidate Seeks to Protect Pollinators

Luis Aguirre Conducting Field Research on Milkweed Plants

St. Louis-based destination design firm PGAV Destinations is thrilled to award U. of Massachusetts-Amherst Ecology Doctoral Candidate Luis Aguirre the first-ever $3,000 PGAVia Pollinator Research Grant.

“Over the course of the last two decades, we’ve seen habitat loss and other potential causes resulting in bee colony collapse and effects on other pollinator populations and behavior,” said Mike Konzen, chair and principal of PGAV Destinations. “As these birds, insects, and mammals have a foundational effect on world agriculture, medicine, and more, we see this grant as a way to help contribute to the understanding of the problems and potential solutions.”

Mr. Aguirre’s research, entitled “Cascading Effects of Plant Enemies on Pollinator Health,” explores the potential positive benefits to pollinators by triggering chemical defenses in plants. When plants are damaged, they often produce chemicals that can deter further consumption of their plant parts. However, while some concentrations can influence pollinators to stay away, other concentrations can not only attract pollinators, but may potentially be able to ameliorate the effects of pathogens, such as parasites, in the pollinators as well.

“I give Luis my strongest and most enthusiastic support for this proposal,” said Professor Lynn Adler, one of Mr. Aguirre’s mentors at U. Mass. “Luis is a dedicated, incredibly smart, and passionate student who is on a clear path to success. I can think of no one more deserving of this award, or who would take better advantage of the opportunities it affords.”

The global implications of Mr. Aguirre’s research are immense. If his studies can uncover causal links between triggering these chemical responses and a reduction in parasites and pathogens fatal to pollinators, then ecologists, agricultural scientists, and farmers could incorporate these practices to reduce pollinator mortality rates and therefore greatly increase crop health and yield.

“It gives me great pleasure to know that there are others who are as concerned about pollinators as we are in our own lab, and also that those people want to invest in scientific research coming from young researchers,” said Aguirre. “This grant will allow me to initiate an experiment that will further my career and form the foundation of my subsequent PhD work.”

Each year, the volunteer arm of PGAV Destinations – PGAVIA – pursues a central conservation cause to study and support, in addition to ongoing, local environmental efforts. This year’s Conservation Awareness Campaign focuses on pollinators, and the Pollinator Research Grant serves as one of the flagship initiatives of the firm to help forward the global understanding of, and assistance with, pollinator health and habitat restoration. 

PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations.

Meet The Buyers Of $500 Million Of Local Contracting Work Planned For 2017 And Beyond

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Four More Speakers Added to Investment In Infrastructure Expo

Want to talk with representatives of utilities and public bodies who have more than a half billion dollars in construction projects planned  for 2017 and beyond?  Contractors can do so at the 2017 investment in infrastructure expo on february 28 at the st. Charles convention center.  For more information and to register ($30 per person) for this event, go to:

In addition, four more leaders from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Ameren Missouri and Great Rivers Greenway District will join six other presenters in showcasing more than $500 million worth of St. Louis area infrastructure construction projects and contracting opportunities. The new presenters include:

Gregory Horn
Rich Unverferth
Warren Wood
Todd Antoine






  • Gregory Horn, P.E., St. Louis District Engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation;
  • Rich Unverferth, Director of Engineering for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District;
  • Warren Wood, Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs and Communications for Ameren Missouri; and
  • Todd Antoine, AICP, Director of Planning and Projects for the Great Rivers Greenway District in St. Louis.

They will be joined on a panel discussion of the St. Louis region’s upcoming infrastructure investments by leaders from other key organizations including:

  • Amanda Brauer, Manager of Roads and Traffic for St. Charles County;
  • John Kohler, Planning and Programming Manager for the City of St. Louis Board of Public Service;
  • Jason Jonas, Public Works Director, Jefferson County;
  • Nick Gardner, Director of Transportation, St. Louis County
  • David Yonce, Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Spire;
  • Russell English, Project Director, Strategy and Corporate Development at Spire; and
  • Keven Kliesen, Business Economist and Research Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Kliesen will give a presentation on the economic outlook for the construction and related industries in 2017 in the St. Louis region.

Short informative presentations from construction purchasers will give the audience an idea of what to expect on infrastructure upgrades and the construction involved with those projects. After the presentations, there will be a three hour networking event with drinks and appetizers amongst industry peers, vendor booths and equipment dealers.

The deadline for registrations is February 17th.  The Expo is hosted by the SITE Improvement Association.  SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 165 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members. SITE is celebrating 50 years of continuous operation in 2016.

Tarlton Completes Renovations On Lafferre Hall At The University Of Missouri

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Bright new spaces offer expanded areas for experiential learning and research, plus flexible instructional teaching laboratories for the home of the College of Engineering 

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, completed renovations on Lafferre Hall, home to the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering.

Lafferre Hall comprises several free-standing buildings on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. Each building features its own foundation and electrical and mechanical support system. The first sections were constructed in 1892 and 1893 to train engineers working with new innovations at the time, including the production and distribution of electricity, telephones and combustion engines. Multiple additions to the main building were built over the years to accommodate growing student enrollment.

The Tarlton team was tasked to demolish and renovate the 1935 and 1944 additions of the main building to update teaching facilities and improve building flow. The renovation took place on an active, occupied campus. Project challenges included demolition on a tight site connected on three sides to the working facilities, abatement and the critical development of a safety plan for a tower crane to offset and pick much of the construction materials. Tarlton worked with more than 30 subcontractors and consultants on the project.

The scope of work included reconfiguring interior building routes to facilitate better flow; major repairs to the exterior masonry wall on the north face of the building; replacement of windows and roofs in impacted areas to solve water infiltration issues; installation of new mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure systems; and addressing code, accessibility and safety issues.

The renovation created 40,000 square feet on the first floor for experiential teaching and learning laboratories, computer labs, a student machine shop, student team areas, conference rooms, study spaces and a coffee shop, plus 29,000 square feet for research. Movable laboratory equipment and partitions maximize space and potential. A two-story glass lobby and clerestory windows provide natural lighting and conserve energy. Energy-saving improvements include an air quality monitoring system, a recovery unit that reclaims both heat and moisture, and programmable LED lighting. The new spaces offer flexible instruction, provide academic support and foster collaboration for student success.

Tarlton’s construction and renovation costs totaled $31 million. The Lafferre Hall renovation project was financed in 2014 by $38.5 million in bonds issued by the Board of Public Buildings of the Office of Administration of the State of Missouri.

“As a construction management firm, we were especially honored to work on a project that will make an indelible impact on engineering students,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “The renovations to Lafferre Hall provide updated, modern spaces that optimize learning in an environment that is invested in the future development of industry technologies.”

The Tarlton construction management team included Matthew Pfund, project executive; Cameron Denison, senior project manager; Brad Grimes, project manager; and John Gasperoni, project superintendent.

The design team included Treanor Architects, lead architect; Peckham & Wright Architects, architect of record; Antella Engineering, electrical engineer; and Structural Engineering Associates, civil engineer.”

Tarlton also is constructing the new Mizzou softball stadium facility on Stadium Blvd., east of the Hearnes Center on the University of Missouri campus. The new stadium will provide fans with a “full view” concourse and outfield plaza, a grandstand seating capacity for nearly 1,700 people and a lawn seating area for an additional 1,000 spectators. A new parking lot will offer 535 spaces. In addition, the Tarlton Concrete Restoration Team is performing concrete restoration at the stadium. The project is slated for completion in early March to usher in the 2017 Tigers Softball season.

Construction updates can be found online at

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the life science, higher education, health care, commercial, power and industrial markets.. 

KJWW project wins Grand Award for William H. Danforth Design

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KJWW Engineering Consultants of St. Louis has received a Grand Award from the Missouri Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for quality engineering achievement in its design of the William H. Danforth Wing, a $35 million, 80,000-square-foot research building addition to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC).

Mike Lawless, KJWW’s client executive and manager on the project, accepted the award at the ACEC Missouri 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet Feb. 4 in Chesterfield, Mo. Kevin Reilly, DDPSC plant growth facility manager, accepted the award on behalf of the facility.

KJWW provided mechanical, electrical, fire protection and technology design, as well as energy modeling and construction administration for the wing, which was designed by Christner Inc. The addition provides needed updates for the DDPSC, which was founded in 1998 and is the world’s largest independent nonprofit research institute focused on plant science.

The new wing opened in early 2016, providing researchers with a state-of-the-art, flexible and energy-efficient environment that can stay up to date with how science is done, fill in gaps in research efforts, and encourage interaction between scientists. It accommodates research teams and new technology facilities supporting robotics, bioinformatics, and group approaches to research. The building is seeking LEED Gold certification and its design is modeled to use 30 percent less energy than a baseline-code-compliant facility.

KJWW, located at 15 Sunnen Drive in St. Louis, is a division of IMEG Corp. The firm specializes in high-performing building systems, infrastructure, and construction-related services in all markets.

Work Begins On 103,000 Square Foot Facility In Union, MO

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The Korte Company has begun working on a new manufacturing facility in Union, Missouri for Spray Dynamics, a subsidiary of Heat and Control, Inc. The 13.3-acre site will soon be home to Heat and Control’s newest facility. Washington Engineering & Architecture (WEA) was named the project’s architect and engineer.

Since 1952, Spray Dynamics has developed applications for a wide range of products, both food and non-food, and has served the snack industry since 1970. Spray Dynamics engineers and manufactures applications for oils, seasonings, vitamins, tack and release agents, chocolate, syrups and candy coatings, anti-oxidants, polishing wax, and anti-clumping agents.

The new facility offers the latest in manufacturing capabilities, testing rooms and includes a trial center able to provide comprehensive testing capabilities across the company’s wide range of products. A temperature control system is capable of simulating plant conditions during product trials.

The facility is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will initially employee 50-60 personnel with the ability to expand to over 100 employees.

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.

Knoebel Construction Begins Construction of Shoppes at Mid Rivers

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Knoebel Construction, Inc. of Chesterfield, MO, has broken ground on the vertical construction of the Shoppes at Mid Rivers in St. Peters, MO. The $54 million project consists of 14 buildings within the 270,000-square-foot shopping center located just north of Interstate 70 in St. Charles County, MO. The buildings will be constructed concurrently, with scheduled completion in the fall of 2017. The developer is GBT Realty Corp. of Brentwood, TN. The architect is MJM Architects of Nashville, TN.

The Shoppes at Mid Rivers is located on a high-visibility, 28-acre parcel directly across I-70 from Mid Rivers Mall, the only regional mall in St. Charles County. Confirmed tenants include Academy Sports + Outdoors, Burlington, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, HomeGoods, ULTA Beauty, Five Below and Famous Footwear.

Knoebel Construction has divided the work into subprojects with separate management teams, in order to meet the expedited schedule and goal of completing the mall in time for the 2017 holiday shopping season.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail development, restaurant, grocery and retail construction.

Vacancy & Rental Rates at 10-Year Record Levels

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The St. Louis industrial market was active in the fourth quarter of 2016, as 1.0 million square feet was absorbed. Overall vacancy decreased 10 basis points from the prior quarter to 6.1%, while average quoted rents increased to $4.20/SF from $4.35/SF. A total of 860,800 square feet of space delivered to the market during the quarter, while projects under construction remained significant, with 5.8 million square feet of product planned for delivery.

Following solid activity in the third quarter of 2016, the market held steady in the fourth quarter, realizing positive net absorption for the seventh consecutive quarter with nearly 4.9 million square feet absorbed during 2016. Quoted rental rates increased $0.23/SF during the past four quarters, as 3.8 million square feet of space delivered to the market.

With market vacancy hovering at a 10-year low, expect ongoing speculative construction starts, build-to-suit offerings and significant leasing and sales activity to continue for various areas of the metro.

Full Report Here: Newmark Grubb Zimmer PDF

Kadean Construction Tapped to Build ‘Aviator 10’

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New Building Is Kadean’s Fourth in Aviator Business Park in Hazelwood, MO, site of the Old Ford Plant

Kadean Construction has been tapped by Panattoni Development to construct its fourth light industrial building in the Aviator Business Park in the City of Hazelwood, one mile north of the St. Louis-Lambert International Airport, it was announced today.

The 548,000 square foot, concrete, tilt-up building, which will cover 13 acres under roof, will have a clear height of 32 feet, and a total of 82 loading docks – 40 on the north side and 42 on the south – side, said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction Co., which is based in suburban St. Louis.

“This will be a very flexible building that can be used for as many as four companies or one very large tenant,” he said. “The pass-through design, the number of docks, the all-concrete pavement and roadway and tractor trailer storage around the perimeter will make it very appealing for a tenant that relies on a high volume of daily transfers of goods or for other light industrial purposes.”

Construction of the building will begin immediately, and is due to be completed by mid-August, said John Piedimonte, Kadean Vice President of Pre-Construction.

The building will be constructed with a structural steel frame and nine-inch thick, steel-reinforced concrete walls, and a seven-inch thick, concrete floor. It also will have an early suppression, fast-response (ESFR) fire protection system, LED lighting, and other amenities, Piedimonte said.

Aviator 10 will be the fourth Kadean-built structure in the 155-acre business park, which is served by Norfolk Southern Railroad and provides easy access to interstates 70, 270, 64, 44, 55 and other area highways. Kadean also built Aviator 3, 4, and 7, most of which are fully occupied. More space is available for a half-dozen smaller commercial or light industrial facilities on the site as well.

Aviator 10 is currently listed as a “spec” building, although Panattoni is in discussions with a variety of potential tenants, said Panattoni Development Partner Mark Branstetter, of St. Louis, who oversees development for the company in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

“We’re very proud of the progress we’re making at Aviator Business Park,” he said “The companies there now employ nearly 300 men and women from across the region. Aviator 10 will continue to enhance the park’s vitality and vibrancy, and we’re looking forward to Aviator’s continued growth and success.”

Kadean Construction, named one of the fastest growing companies in the region by the St. Louis Business Journal, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting at the regional and national level.

Focus on Construction: News From the National Association of Home Builders 2017 Convention

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RubinBrown recently attended the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builder’s Show in Orlando, Florida. The show is combined with the Kitchen and Bath Industry, International Window Coverings and International Surface Event Shows bringing the overall attendance to approximately 80,000. RubinBrown was kind enough to share their construction industry-related observations below.

Tax Reform

Clearly, the talk of the show was upcoming tax reform. Numerous presentations on the subject were held, including a special meeting of the Executive Board to discuss the topic in further detail. NAHB, through its lobbyists, have and continue to devote substantial resources to be part of the tax reform process. It appears they are as actively involved with those crafting new policies as any trade association in the country. NAHB was not involved in 1986 tax reform and as a result was “run over” with the changes that occurred – a lesson they don’t want to repeat.

Here is the latest:

  • The time frame of any changes may not be as fast as many expect. The House is expected to come out with its version of tax reform soon, but will be held up until the Senate addresses in the fall, or late summer at the earliest. The House version will be more radical, while the Senate more moderate. The Senate and Supreme Court confirmations and replacing Obamacare will likely further slowdown the process. A final bill, after reconciliation between House and Senate, may not even happen until 2018.
  • The proposed highest tax rate will certainly come down, for both individuals, corporations and pass-throughs. Top rates of 33%, 25% and everything in between are being discussed.
  • Cost recovery or 100% expensing is being proposed by several. This would allow homebuilders to expense all assets except land as incurred, but allow no deduction for business interest. The concern is that this could change current business practices and lead to overbuilding.
  • The biggest concern is the Mortgage Interest Deduction and its effect on the home building industry. All ideas proposed do not mention ending the deduction, but instead there are related consequences. If the standard deduction is doubled to $24,000 as proposed, NAHB estimates 90% of current taxpayers with a mortgage will not be able to claim the deduction, which is substantial. NAHB is studying the issue closely and some ideas have come forward including:
    • An above the line deduction for mortgage interest paid – similar to an IRA
    • A tax credit to incentivize home ownership
  • Several proposals have suggested the elimination of the property tax deductions and a cap on overall itemized deductions.

Stay tuned as RubinBrown will monitor and provide updates as available.

Housing Outlook

Home building starts are expected to increase 10% in 2017 from 2016, and another 9% in 2018.

The top 4 concerns for the industry according to a recent NAHB survey:

  1. Cost/availability of labor
  2. Cost/availability of lots
  3. Impact fees
  4. Surging building material prices

The housing market index hit 70 in December, the highest since 2005. The thought is home ownership has bottomed out at 62.9% and is on the way back up.

Other Items of Interest

  • NAHB endorsed candidates for the first time in the recent election, 131 of 139 endorsed won.
  • Any reference to rising interest rates is now being referred to as “historically favorable rates”.
  • Several builders across the country are complaining about new postal regulations that require mail boxes to be set in a cluster format.

Any federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments): (i) is intended for your use only; (ii) is based on the accuracy and completeness of the facts you have provided us; and (iii) may not be relied upon to avoid penalties.


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