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The Korte Company Begins Construction On $23 Million Health Clinic Modernization Project – Kings Bay, Georgia

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Renovations have begun at the Branch Health Clinic, located on the Naval Station in Kings Bay, Georgia. The 60,000 square foot modernization project includes the design and repair of existing medical and dental space.

The Naval Branch Health Clinic at Kings Bay is the primary care facility for all active duty personnel and their families stationed at the base. The facility houses outpatient health care including Primary Medical Care (Medical Home Port), Immunizations, Behavioral Health, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Preventive Medicine, Radiology, Dental, Medical Administration, Undersea Medicine, and Pharmacy.

The scope of work includes extensive floor plan alterations, modifications to structural components, minor site work and a comprehensive replacement of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, telecommunications, fire alarm and sprinkler systems as well as medical equipment and furniture, fixtures and equipment.

A phased construction schedule will enable the facility to remain occupied and fully operational during the modernization and renovation. When complete, the facility is expected to receive USGBC LEED Silver Certification.

Burns & McDonnell Moves Up in Rankings

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Missouri-based  Burns & McDonnell has moved up to No. 3 on Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine’s 2016 MEP Giants ranking of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering firms. The top 100 engineering firms distinguished by this award are recognized in theAugust 2016 issue of CSE.


Burns & McDonnell reported $215.6 million in revenue from mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering services in the 2016 survey, up from $194.8 million the prior year. Revenue reported on the 2016 MEP ranking was earned during fiscal 2015. Burns & McDonnell ranked 4th the 2015 MEP Giants survey.

According to CSE, Burns & McDonnell also ranked 3rd among the MEP Giants firms in a ranking of overall revenue for fiscal 2015. MEP revenue was 8 percent of Burns & McDonnell’s $2.6 billion in total revenue for 2015.

Much of Burns & McDonnell’s MEP project work reflects continued demand for consulting engineering, architectural design and commercial construction services for large, complex manufacturing, aerospace, higher education, military, civilian government, healthcare and commercial office facilities.

“Our clients are looking for more value-driven design and construction services and that requires a tightly integrated team of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection professionals,” said Mike Fenske, senior vice president of the Global Facilities Group at Burns & McDonnell. “MEP engineering services are increasingly important to meeting project owners’ demands for extremely fast schedules and fixed budgets for facilities with very low operations and maintenance costs.”

According to CSE, the firms ranked as 2016 MEP Giants generated approximately $47.4 billion in gross annual revenue during the previous fiscal year, a $5.5 billion increase from the prior year.

Gateway Welcome Project Kicks Off Immigrant Welcome Week With A Big Assist from the St. Louis Construction Industry

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More than $200K in Services/ Funds Donated to Build a New Soccer Field for Immigrant School Students with future Activities planned to Welcome Immigrant Children

They come to America to build a future and in some cases rebuild their shattered lives. Many of the nearly 400 immigrant and refugee children, from K-10th grade, who attend St. Louis Public Schools’ Nahed Chapman New American Academy (NCNAA) are getting their first taste of education – and of American life.

NCNAA students have received a special “Welcome to St. Louis” message from an unexpected quarter – the people and companies of the St. Louis construction industry. That welcoming message was delivered in a universal language that virtually all of the children, who come from 27 countries, “speak” and love: Soccer, in the form of a donated artificial surface soccer field.

On Sept. 13, 2016, NCNAA, which is located at 1530 S. Grand (near SLU Hospital), dedicated the new soccer field.  It includes a custom designed shelter area and landscaping and was built through donated services and fundraising totaling more than $200,000 from the construction industry, the soccer community, and other supporters. The event was the centerpiece of St. Louis’ celebration of “Welcoming Week,” a national event which celebrates the contributions of immigrants to America’s history and to its future. The St. Louis celebration is being spearheaded by the St. Louis Mosaic Project.

NCNAA Principal Donnie L. Harris told of a student who remarked to her that it must have been expensive to create the field. Harris told the student that all of the time and materials had been donated for the students.

“They replied to me that no one would do this in their (home) country,” Harris said.

In May of 2015, Peter Tao, principal of the architecture firm Tao + Lee Associates, Inc., approached Construction Forum St. Louis (CFSTL) to engage its industry connections to help build a soccer field for the NCNAA students. NCNAA teachers and administrators told Tao, who is a member of the MOSAIC Project steering committee, that the school’s students – many of whom suffered from PTSD and other emotional scars from their environment prior to arriving in the U.S. – benefited tremendously from outdoor play.  But the NCNAA asphalt playground was crumbling and dangerous.

Addressing the playing surface issue was the immediate concern. But the discussion quickly evolved into a bigger vision. Together Tao, the leaders of CFSTL, and like-minded organizations and individuals formed the Gateway Welcome Project (GWP) a not-for-profit corporation. Tao, the son of successful immigrant entrepreneurs, was chosen as the first president of the organization.

GWP’s bylaws state that it will work with immigrant support organizations such as the International Institute and St. Louis Mosaic Project to “assist and encourage existing St. Louis Metropolitan Area residents and companies to be inviting and hospitable towards immigrant and refugees, and their families;” and “ to provide the children of immigrant and refugees opportunities to assimilate into the culture and life of the St. Louis Metropolitan area by creating a positive, rewarding and enjoyable environment in which they can grow, learn and become accustomed to circumstances, customs and cultures that may be different from what they were previously accustomed to or acquainted with.”

The St. Louis Public Schools’ ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program welcomes refugee and immigrant students.  Many of those students begin their US educational experience at NCNAA, one of the ESOL centers in the district and the only K-10 newcomer school in the St. Louis area.

“NCNAA and its ESOL program are some of the initial institutions that welcome refugee and immigrant kids once they have been settled,” Peter Tao said. “Gateway Welcome Project, collaborated on what and how to help support and welcome these students into our community.”

“The hope is that these kids will learn from this experience what it means to be in America, will one day be engaged with this community, and will become ambassadors to others and perhaps future leaders. We also hope that through this project our residents of our region will have a better understanding of the global challenges and issues and the value of a diverse community.”

Joe Blanner, president of CFSTL and partner in the law firm of McCarthy Leonard & Kaemmerer noted that, “Not one St. Louis construction industry company or individual who we approached turned us down. From its founding, St. Louis was built by immigrants. We benefit from the legacy of the immigrants – Italians, Irish, Germans – who brought their skilled trades to this country and founded construction companies, many of which continue to this day. Today’s new generation of immigrants is critical both to the future of our construction industry and to the future of the St. Louis region. It’s imperative that we welcome and encourage them.”

Blanner noted that it is the objective of GWP to embrace other disciplines, such as community health, STEM, and sustainability, and to take on projects in other immigrant-focused schools in St. Louis.

Instrumental to the success of the project was the participation of PHL, Inc., a not-for-profit organization which has to date completed eight playing fields for the St. Louis Public Schools, Thom Kuhn, member of the PHL board of directors and CEO of Millstone Weber construction services served as project manager at NCNAA.

Participating individuals and organizations, who operate under the umbrella of the recently-formed Not-For-Profit Gateway Welcome Project include: ASP Associates: Bergfeld Recreation; Bistate Utilities; Bussen Quarries; Cole Engineering; Construction Forum STL; Construction Forum Education Foundation; DG2 Design; D&S Fence; Eastern Missouri Laborers; Engraphix ; Hansen’s Tree Service; Home Depot; Klance Unlimited;  McCarthy Leonard & Kaemmerer; Metropolitan Sewer District; Midwest Block and Stone; Midwest Construction Products and Services; Pace Construction; PHL Inc.; Sam Fox School of Visual Art and Design, Washington University in St. Louis; St. Louis Pick Up Soccer; St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club; Tao + Lee Architects; Thomas Industrial Coatings; and SITE Improvement Association; and Xgrass.

GWP President Peter Tao said, “While this project has been done because our team wants to help, and frankly it adds much enrichment to our own lives, I do believe it is a good opportunity to be a teachable moment for these students.

‘The message? This is a great country, where opportunities are available and that there is a community and people out there, somewhere, to help you. And –  that as you grow and advance in your life –  you should recognize that one day others may need help and you may want to give back, in whatever way you can.’”

McCarthy Building Companies Begins Construction on New Johnson Controls $150 Million Engineering & Test Facility

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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. recently started work on a $150 million Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center in Hopewell Township, near York, Pennsylvania. The center will consolidate testing facilities spread out over Johnson Controls’ existing campus, located 15 miles north in York, into a new state-of-the-art facility. The project is a joint venture between McCarthy, PJ Dick, and Stewart & Tate Contracting.

The Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center will comprise two separate buildings, a 250,000-square-foot test laboratory and a 107,000-square-foot engineering building. The test facility will include the latest testing technology for air handlers and chillers and will be the largest test facility in North America.

“This facility is a one-of-a-kind project, and ultimately the joint venture team was selected based on their depth of experience in constructing unique research facilities across the country and specifically in the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Laura Wand, vice president of global chillers, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency. “This unprecedented investment supports our commitment to engineering and marketing the best chillers and air handling units in the world. Our new Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center and our highly technical workforce in York County and around the world will continue to drive global growth for Johnson Controls.”

An estimated 480 jobs will relocate from the current Johnson Controls campus to the new facility once it is complete. The current campus will also remain open.

“Our team is pleased to continue to expand our relationship with Johnson Controls, and we are ready to apply our expertise and technology to deliver this state-of-the-art facility for a valued client,” said McCarthy Project Director Ryan Molen.


The Korte Company Begins Construction on $19.5 Million Project at Oak Ridge (TN) Unanium Processing Facility

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The Korte Company has begun construction at the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The $19.5 Million Design-Build project includes the design and construction of a Construction Support Building (CSB) at the facility.

The three-story, 64,000 square foot building includes a centrally located main lobby with access to the second and third floors. Along with the main lobby, the first floor also includes a reception area, a large dining area, file storage and a warehouse area with forklift access.

The upper floors contain private offices, conference rooms, break rooms as well as restrooms, print rooms and storage areas. Mechanical, electrical and telecommunication rooms are centrally located within the facility for maximum efficiency.

When complete in the summer of 2017, the facility is expected to receive USGBC LEED Gold Certification.

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.

Senior Lifestyle Corp. Building $24 Million, 84-Unit The Sheridan at Laumeier Park

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Assisted Living and Memory Care Residences to Open in Early 2017


Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing communities, is targeting a grand opening in early 2017 of The Sheridan at Laumeier Park, the first of several retirement communities it plans to develop in metro St. Louis.

The Sheridan will feature 43 assisted-living apartments plus 41 memory care residences developed specifically to support those with dementia, including Alzheimer’s.  The project, totaling nearly 69,000 square feet of finished space, is emerging from a 3.9-acre site at 12470 Rott Road adjacent to Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills, Mo.


“The Sheridan is unique in that it blends the latest concepts in senior living design with a warm and nurturing environment, all specifically programmed around residents and their families,” said Mark Fontana, executive director.  “It will reflect the consummate level of expert care that has distinguished our family-owned company since its founding 31 years ago.” 


Residents will have access to nearly 38,000 square feet of common area including living rooms plus a dining room, entertainment room, fitness center and art studio.  Underground parking, as well as spectacular views, are two features of The Sheridan at Laumeier Park that are hard to come by in other senior housing options.  Additionally, smartly integrated internet technology will make it easy for residents to stay in touch with family and staff.


The Sheridan at Laumeier Park is currently supporting 150 construction jobs and is projected to create100 full-time equivalent jobs (both full- and part-time permanent positions) when it opens. 


Founded in 1985, Senior Lifestyle Corporation is a family-owned company that promotes healthy, happy residents through an unmatched level of service. To learn more, visit

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.

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