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Missouri Public Agencies Now Have Option for a Faster, Less Expensive, Quality Construction Process

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Design-Build Bill Becomes Law in Missouri

 

For two decades, countless lawmakers, municipal and county officials, and engineering and construction professionals have worked behind the scenes to enact legislation that would allow local Missouri public agencies to use the design-build construction process for everything from roads and bridges to water and wastewater infrastructure. This week, the long-awaited Missouri House Bill 2376 goes into effect authorizing any local political subdivision, such as a municipality or school district, to procure projects through a single contract with a design-build contractor.

 

Design-build is a best value-based construction method known to be a less expensive and much faster, lower risk to clients with a higher value than typical construction delivery methods, because it uses a single entity to provide both the design and construction of a project. Missouri will now join 24 other states in the country where design-build is permitted.

 

“This is a big win for Missouri taxpayers,” says Bill Quatman, who chairs the board for the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA)and is the general legal counsel for Burns & McDonnell. Quatman testified in support of this legislation and helped draft several iterations of the bill over the last decade. “Study after study shows that owners like single-point accountability through design-build, where one entity accepts responsibility for both design and construction risk.”

 

“Until now, many public agencies in Missouri were forced to go simply with the lowest bidder on construction projects, regardless of qualifications. That’s like picking a doctor based only on the cost of the office visit. In our industry, we find that can be a risky proposition that could result in anything from construction related claims to unexpected costs and change orders that snowball during the project.”

 

The bill targets political subdivisions with the power to tax, such as cities, townships, municipalities, counties, water districts, and school districts.

 

“This bill is critical in helping smaller townships and communities maintain and rebuild their infrastructure,” says Ron Coker, senior vice president of the Water Group at Burns & McDonnell, who says the bill enables small communities to utilize a proven project delivery method that reduces risk, reduces construction time and eases the burden on already overloaded city staff.  

 

“We work with communities every day who are looking for the most cost-effective and innovative ways to have those essential needs we all take for granted, like clean drinking water and efficient wastewater and stormwater systems. This new law provides Missouri public agencies with the power to choose the best partner and construction method to build the projects and the infrastructure that will benefit us all for decades to come.”

 

A study by the Construction Industry Institute in conjunction with Penn State University found that design-build is the most economical and efficient project delivery system. The study claimed design-build costs at least 4.5 percent less than traditional methods with a delivery speed at least 23 percent faster, and exceeds project delivery expectations at all levels.

 

“From airport runways to power plants, design-build is the key ingredient to delivering what every client expects from a project – that it’s on time and on budget,” says Randy Griffin, president, Construction Design-Build Group, Burns & McDonnell.

 

Griffin says design-build is the gold standard for construction projects at Burns & McDonnell, which produced nearly $1.5 billion in total design-build revenue in 2015. The firm is now listed at No. 11 in the prestigious Engineering News-Record Top 100 Design-Build rankings. 

 

“From a microfiltration water treatment plant in Westminster, Colorado to a globally-recognized aquifer storage and recovery projectfor Wichita, Kan., we have done some incredibly advanced design-build projects with municipalities and state agencies throughout the country.”

 

The new law expands the ability to utilize design-build beyond large cities and counties, to embrace the hundreds of political subdivisions that before now lacked legislative authority to use this innovative and cost-saving process.

The Korte Company Begins $6 Million Renovation Project At Edmond Readiness Center

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Originally constructed in 1971 as an armory and indoor firing range, the Edmond (Oklahoma) Readiness Center project’s scope of work includes a comprehensive interior renovation of the existing 28,000 square foot facility. Currently, the facility serves as the battalion headquarters for the Oklahoma Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 179th Regiment.

The interior space plan maximizes mission critical functions and is designed to accommodate future mission use. The design also includes open office areas, additional classrooms and conference areas as well as a fitness area, general office, heated storage/locker areas, and a recruiter’s office.

The exterior envelope of the facility is upgraded to improve energy performance. Site expansion and development are also incorporated into the overall scope.

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 $200 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.

IMPACT Strategies Awarded Contract to Build New Public Safety Facility for the City of Edwardsville

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Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies announced it has been awarded a $12 million contract to build a 51,000-square-foot public safety facility for the City of Edwardsville. The project officially kicked-off at a groundbreaking event held Saturday at the building’s site located at 333 South Main Street. The new facility will be directly adjacent to the new Leon Corlew Park and Splash Pad.

IMPACT Strategies is working collaboratively with FGM Architects in O’Fallon, Illinois. Upon completion in late 2017, the new public safety facility will house the fire department and all law enforcement offices, including detention cells and evidence storage. The City’s decision to co-locate police and fire services under one roof was done in an effort to save tax payer dollars while at the same time providing greater convenience for the departments.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said “The fire and police departments work hand-in-hand so having a single location for all things public safety related will be a huge advantage to the City and its residents. The new building will allow the City to support its current needs and future growth for the next 50 to 75 years.”

The public safety building isn’t IMPACT Strategies first in the area. The company constructed several notable developments around town, including the Enclave and Enclave West student housing community, and Park Plaza, home to popular destinations such as Bin 51, Global Brew and Wasabi Sushi Bar. The company last year completed the renovation of 300 Main Apartments located across the street from the new public building site.

IMPACT Strategies begins this latest Edwardsville project on the heels of completing the construction of a new police department headquarters for the City of Belleville.

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.

IFS installs HVAC rooftop units via air crane helicopter at Mid Rivers Mall

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IFS Copter Lift 1More than 42 tons of heating, ventilating and air conditioning HVAC equipment were lifted and moved by air crane helicopter when Integrated Facility Services (IFS) recently replaced the HVAC rooftop units at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters, Missouri.

The four-hour project on a Sunday morning involved 16 helicopter lifts to remove four existing HVAC units (two units had to be cut into two pieces due to their weight); four curb adaptors for placement of the units; and replace with four new HVAC units. Sixteen IFS employees were on-site along with employees of Erickson, the air crane operator, and Budrovich, the rigging agent.

The new units provide more than 280 tons of refrigeration capacity, increase efficiency and improve fresh air ventilation, resulting in better comfort and a healthier indoor environment for the thousands of employees and shoppers who visit the popular mall.

“From a safety standpoint, this was a very challenging project,” said IFS Project Manager Steve Errante. “Our safety director Mike Schwaller along with Mall Operations Manager Robert Minnix mapped out an extensive safety plan to protect the workers and the public.”

Schwaller and Errante conducted an extensive inspection prior to the helicopter lift to ensure complete safety. An area within 200’ of the helicopter lift was cleared of all loose debris, trashcans, antennas, small air conditioning compressors, restaurant patio furniture and other materials that could become flying debris hazards in the 70 MPH downwash created by the helicopter rotors.

Entrances to the mall were locked so that no tenants or shoppers would be in the Macy’s building where the units were being set. A 150’ “sterile” area was established and maintained throughout the flight activity, and only workers essential to the project were allowed on-site.

The team monitored weather conditions during the week leading up to the helicopter lift, since strong, sustained winds over 35 mph or lightening would delay or cancel the project. Despite rain, threatening skies and up to 25 mph winds, the project was completed on time with no injuries or incidents.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS), formerly Air Masters Corporation, is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 220 professional and trade employees.

Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. Selected Construction Manager for $5.7 Million Performing Arts Center at Jefferson High School

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Project Will Create a New 650-Seat Theatre/Auditorium

Jefferson County R-VII School District has tapped St. Louis-based Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. as construction manager for a $5.7 million Performing Arts Center at Jefferson High School, 7 Blue Jay Way, in Festus, Mo.

Pinnacle is targeting a July 2017 completion for the single-story, 22,000-square-foot addition that will be highlighted by a 650-seat auditorium with lobby and include a shop and black box as well as storage and support areas for the theatre.  Paving, site utilities, concrete and other exterior modifications are other elements of the assignment. Jefferson High School currently covers 66,895 square feet.

“The addition of the Performing Arts Center will offer every student in the Jefferson School District the opportunity to receive a world-class education. Brain research has shown the importance of arts for the total development of the child. This addition is just one more step in process of helping every child reach his or her full potential,” said Clint Johnston, superintendent, Jefferson R-VII School District.

St. Louis, Mo.-based Ebersoldt + Associates is project architect.

Founded in 1998 in St. Louis by Tom McLaughlin, P.E., and Nelson Grumney, Jr., Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. provides general contracting, construction management and design/build services to a national clientele.

Dayspring Baptist Church in Town & Country Breaks Ground for $1.2 Million Expansion

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Dayspring Baptist Church, one of St. Louis’ oldest congregations dating back to 1877, marked the start of its building expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, August 28. The church, located at 1001 Municipal Center Drive in Town & Country, Missouri, is undergoing a $1.2 million, 4,200 square-foot expansion scheduled to be completed in Spring 2017.

During a special Sunday ceremony led by Dayspring Senior Pastor Chris Fillingham, members of the congregation and community looked on proudly while the ground was broken for the church’s addition. Children of the congregation were also called up to put on their hard hats and turn over the dirt with shovels. The celebration included live music from local jazz guitarist, Dan Rubright, a continental breakfast and activities for all ages.

“Groundbreaking for our expansion is an exciting time for our congregation, and the apex of an incredible process that began with a vision of needed space,” said Fillingham. “We are a vibrant congregation, and this is the next step of our journey as we follow God into the future.”

To achieve the vision, the congregation turned to the architects at St. Louis Design Alliance, who designed a 4,200 square-foot, environmentally friendly facility. J Hooker Construction is general contractor for the project. To fund the development, Dayspring raised money via their ‘Generation to Generation’ capital campaign.

The expansion includes knocking down the deteriorating house on the property (Delmar House). The new building, which will be attached to the church, will add 4,200 square feet of space to the ministry. The new space will include dedicated children education spaces, a small prayer chapel and additional office space. Expanded classroom space will facilitate more children, youth, and adult education programs, the prayer chapel allows for special services and space for community groups to meet, and the conference room and consolidated office space will provide a more productive area for those focused on the church’s administration and growth.

“Dayspring is not your typical Baptist church. Our core value is to be a community that follows Jesus with open hearts and minds. We are the kind of place where it’s safe to ask questions, struggle with faith, and embrace mystery,” said Fillingham. “Dayspring has a long history of practicing a warm-hearted hospitality and acting upon our deep concern for justice. For us, Christianity is not a set of doctrines to memorize, but a way of being and becoming. It is a journey of transformation.”

The 140-year old congregation (known as Delmar Baptist until 2013) moved to Town & Country 17 years ago from its location of 79 years at Skinker and Washington in University City, Missouri. For more information, call (314) 432-1960 or visit their website at www.dayspringstl.com.

Project Facts at a Glance:

  • Project: Dayspring Baptist Church Expansion (1001 Municipal Center Drive; Town & Country, MO)
  • Total Cost: $1.2 million
  • Size of Expansion: 4,200 sq. feet
  • Contractor: J Hooker Construction
  • Architect: St. Louis Design Alliance
  • Civil Engineer: Civil Engineering Design Consultants
  • Construction Start Date: September 2016
  • Construction Completion Date: Spring 2017

Northwest R1 School District Unveils New Scoreboard Donated by the Electrical Connection

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There was a little added excitement to “Friday Night Lights” on August 26, 2016 in the Northwest R1 School District as the high school unveiled a brand new digital scoreboard made possible through donations from the Electrical Connection and other district partnerships.   The scoreboard includes a state-of-the-art video screen and was installed by Piros Signs, Inc. with assistance from Five Star Electric and electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.   IBEW partners with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to form the Electrical Connection.

“The new scoreboard and video screen make our football games and other sports much more memorable for our students and parents,” said Northwest R1 School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler. “The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership has been a great supporter of our school and community.  We are grateful for their generous donation and the reliability of their services.”

Members of the Electrical Connection partnership have proficiently installed a number of electrical improvements to schools in the district including new gymnasiums and library renovations at Murphy and Brennan Woods Elementary schools, as well as a variety of other projects.  In addition to Five Star Electric, local IBEW/NECA contractors who have served the district include Sachs Electric Co., Eckelkamp Electric, and several other IBEW/NECA electrical contractors over the years.  IBEW offers an electrical contractor hotline to help customers find reliable and quality electrical service providers at 314-932-6526.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  The Electrical Connection offers the largest data base of Missouri’s most reliable and proficient electrical contractors at www.electricalconnection.org.  Or you can call the IBEW electrical contractor hotline at 314-932-6526.

Cutline for image:  At the August 26, 2016 dedication of the new Northwest R1 High School digital scoreboard were, left to right, David Brand Jr. Piros Signs, Inc.; Chuck DeMoulin, IBEW Local 1 business representative; Dr. Paul Ziegler, superintendent, Northwest R1 School District; Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1; Tim Green, IBEW/NECA director of governmental affairs; and Billy Winkler, owner, Five Star Electric

Echelon Constructors Completes $2 Million Flagship Store for Big Shark Bike in Richmond Heights

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Big Shark Bike has opened a new store at 1155 S. Big Bend Blvd. in Richmond Heights on a site that had been vacant since 2011 following the demise of well-known music system/home theatre retailer, Hi-Fi-Fo-Fum.

Overseeing the $2 million project was Maryland Heights, Mo.-based Echelon Constructors. Echelon initially sourced the location for Big Shark, then collaborated with developer Hany Abounder of Third Man Development to demolish 65 percent of an existing 20,000-square-foot structure and re-work the site to create parking for 22 vehicles. Next, Echelon gut-rehabbed the remaining 7,000 square feet of space, completing interior finish and system installations within a fast-track 45-day schedule.

The interior of the shop exhibits an open architecture theme, with exposed ceiling beams and a wood deck. Project architect was Klitzing Welsch Associates.

The Big Bend store replaces a location in the Delmar Loop that Big Shark closed in January. The retailer also operates stores in Chesterfield and Downtown St. Louis.

Sampson Hall at Stephens College

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In conjunction with the College’s 183rd birthday, Stephens College in Columbia is celebrating the grand opening of the Center for Health Sciences. The four-level, 1940s Sampson Hall has been renovated and expanded into a 23,500 SF state-of-the-art home for their new Physician Assistant Studies program.

The renovation, led by Mackey Mitchell Architects with HERA laboratory planners and Ross & Baruzzini, includes a complete interior demolition and abatement with a new illuminated entry addition, which provides a landmark for this reinvigorated section of campus. The new, dynamic interior supports Stephen’s problem-based learning pedagogy and creates spaces that promote student collaboration in every corner. The flexible floor plan includes a 1,900 SF multi-purpose area that that can be separated with the moveable wall partition to accommodate 30 students each side. There are break-out spaces to provide more focused collaboration among the students.

After completing feasibility studies for several prospective sites, HERA laboratory planners programmed, planned and provided concept design for the cutting-edge laboratory spaces, which include a seven-table anatomy lab, a physician assistant lab, a hospital room and four exam rooms. The labs provide opportunities for simulation and hands-on learning of clinical skills.

Students, alumni and staff were thrilled with the renovated facility during the grand opening celebration. Stephens College President Dianne Lynch called the facility a “game changer,” and said it was “one of the most ambitious initiatives in the history of the College.”

Erin Martin, Class of 2019 and one of many students in attendance, said: “Everyone is just blown away at how much thought and effort was put in by the faculty and designers to make sure we have everything we need.”

The project is a keystone of Stephens College’s overall plan to increase emphasis on science and math and to increase its enrollment for undergraduate students. The 2016 introductory class of the Physician Assistant Studies program has already begun taking classes in the new Sampson Hall.

Legacy Building Group to Move to Westport

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William and Joan Halliburton recently sold its more than 28,000-square-foot building at 2030 Altom Ct. for $1,550,000.  The two-level 20-year-old building, which has a 63 car parking lot, will be the new home of Legacy Building Group.  It previously was the home to a reconditioned telephone product’s company.

Legacy Building Group, which specializes in the design/build market, is a commercial general contracting firm founded in 2002.  The company is currently located at 3242 S. Kingshighway and will move into its new building as soon as possible.

Hilliker Corporation’s Hal Ball and Jake Shepley represented the seller, William and Joan Halliburton.  Bahn CRE’s Steve Bahn represented the buyer, 2030 Altom Partners.

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