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Parking Lot Pre-Construction Checklist

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The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO has published a Parking Lot Pre-Construction Checklist. The purpose of the document is to identify details of parking lot construction prior to the start of placement to alert all impacted parties to issues related to construction specifications, equipment, schedules, responsible persons and safety.

The Checklist is a product of the ASCC Paving Committee, chaired by Paul Albanelli. ASCC publications also include Checklist for the Concrete Pre-Construction Conference, Checklist for Pumping Ready Mixed Concrete, and Checklist for Ordering and Scheduling Ready Mixed Concrete. 

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.


For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.


Tips to Optimize Hotel Construction Costs

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By: Todd Imming, Chief Marketing Officer for The Korte Company

Hotels are straightforward. They provide a safe, comfortable resting place for people away from home. It’s a rudimentary idea on the surface, but behind the veneer it’s clear that hotel construction projects have many moving parts. The key to success is optimizing a wide array of hotel construction costs associated with these projects. As an experienced hotel and housing construction firm, we’ve put together these tips for owners considering a new hotel project.

Understand hard costs in hotel construction

Construction materials, equipment and labor make up the hard costs owners incur on a construction project. You’ll pour most your construction investment into these costs, so it pays to be thorough in the search for cost saving solutions.

5D Macro-BIM is a key estimation tool that can help. This software combines three-dimensional CAD capabilities with an exhaustive database of construction materials and their costs. It helps hotel owners fine-tune design and construction decisions, saving money where savings can be found and providing opportunities to redirect those savings elsewhere on the project.

Where a hotel is built can lead to cost savings, too. Some municipalities and states work together to spur economic development by waiving state sales taxes on construction materials purchased in-state. At The Korte Company, it’s our job to know whether this is on the table for your project. We’ll also help you navigate potential negotiations with local officials if costs can be saved through the creation of other tax incentives or local business districts.

Note, however, that saving money on construction materials on the front end should be weighed against overall lifecycle cost analyses. Committing to higher-quality, higher-cost materials may be a better business decision in the long run.

Labor costs are also complex. We’re currently facing a skilled labor shortage across the construction trades. Finding enough workers to keep work moving is the primary challenge. To make sure this cost component stays under control, you’ll want a contractor who can guarantee they’ll attract and retain the necessary skilled labor force for the duration of the project.

With six decades in business and 3,000-plus projects under our belts, The Korte Company has ample experience identifying and implementing the best mix of cost saving measures.

Maximize soft cost management

These costs are not directly related to getting a building off the ground, but they’re still critically important. They include:

  • Construction permit fees payable to the applicable jurisdiction.
  • Legal fees associated with property acquisition and any other proceedings related to construction.
  • Survey costs and engineering fees.
  • Architectural design
  • Construction project insurance premiums.
  • Applicable local and state taxes.

It’s a lot to keep track of from an administrative standpoint, and mistakes or non-payments can be costly. At best, you might owe a fine that could have been avoided. At worst, your project could be legally halted.

Owners concerned about the administrative aspect of a hotel construction project should consider the Design-Build method of construction. Not only does it save time and money, it streamlines project administration by keeping all aspects of a project under one roof. That eliminates headaches and can lead to reduced soft costs compared to other methods.

Weigh your hotel construction financing options

Hotel construction projects are paid for in different ways depending on who the owner is. It might be a big-time nationwide hotel brand, a partnership of regional developers eyeing a franchise opportunity or a local independent owner.

Whatever the case, securing construction financing will play a big part of the early stages of a project. Many financing options are available, and not all construction loans or other financing schemes are created equal. It pays to weigh your options carefully.

You can learn more about matching your long-term business goals with the right construction financing package by reading our guide to financing your construction project.

Consider operational costs ahead of time

Normal operating costs don’t kick in until after we leave a site. But some decisions made even before groundbreaking can help you run your hotel as efficiently as possible.

Operational costs include:

  • Electrical, water and sewage utility bills.
  • Guest room supplies and other regular purchases like food.
  • Employee wages, non-wage benefits and training costs.

Electricity is the most prominent of these costs. It’s no surprise that high-consumption facilities like hotels try to control these costs. Your construction partner can help.

Choosing energy efficient systems and building materials goes a long way toward reducing utility costs and minimizing a hotel’s demand on the power grid. High-efficiency climate control units and good insulation work together to keep guests comfortable without breaking the bank. Smart hotels are slowly gaining in popularity, too. Room key-activated smart systems connect each guest room to a central computer system that lets guests control their environment when they’re in the room but goes into an “energy saving” mode when they’re not.

In certain circumstances, hotels can also reclaim wastewater. Potable water is required by law for food handling, bathing and other water-intensive tasks in hotels. But recycled “gray water” can be used in place of fresh water for some non-critical cleaning and landscape management.

For more about how green construction principles can help reduce operational costs and secure positive return on investment, consider these green construction tips.

Choose diligence: Design-Build for hotel construction

If what we discussed above is any indication, making the most of your hotel construction investment is no easy task. That’s why a partnership with the right Design-Build firm sets owners up for success from day one.

The Korte Company has delivered hotel construction projects across the U.S. for a wide variety of customers. And despite the uniqueness of every hotel project we take on, our approach stays the same: Stay on-budget, finish on schedule and find ways to innovate—no matter what.

You can see that approach in practice on these showcase hotel construction projects. And as you consider your next hotel build, get familiar with the wide range of construction financing options at your disposal. Our guide to construction project financing will help you secure the financing package that makes the most sense for you.

KAI Receives Design-Build Institute of America Award for Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being Project

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KAI Design & Build proudly announces that its design-build team has received a Design-Build Institute of America – Mid-America Region (DBIA-MAR) 2018 Honor Award in the Commercial-Office Buildings category for the Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis, Missouri.

For more than 18 years, the DBIA-MAR has recognized excellence in design-build practices and informed the public of the breadth and value of design-build delivery through its annual awards program. An event honoring this year’s award winners was held on Nov. 15 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I am proud to have had the opportunity to represent our team at the 2018 awards luncheon,” said Marcus Moomey, Director of Design-Build at KAI Design & Build. “The project leveraged the talents of the entire project team. The owner’s team dedicated the time to define and refine their needs related to the project budget, schedule and level of quality desired. The design team facilitated a process to define and distill the project scope to its core components and developed a solution that was fitting to its owner and its place in the city. The construction team leveraged the talents of our sub-contracting partners to find innovative solutions that aligned with our cost model and schedule requirements.”

KAI completed construction of the $8.5 million Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in December 2017. The 21,272-square-foot facility at 1000 North Vandeventer in the Grand Center Arts District of St. Louis City provides meeting and office space for child advocates, civic leaders and community organizers dedicated to enhancing the well-being of at-risk children.

Since time was of the essence on the project, as the Deaconess Foundation’s lease at its previous office space was set to expire on December 31, 2017, the organization chose to implement the project using the design-build delivery method with the added advantage of an interactive programming and design process provided by minority-owned KAI.

The Deaconess Center is the Foundation’s first new construction in almost two decades. The design and construction of the building reflects Deaconess’ religious legacy as well as its commitment to social causes by exceeding the city’s business diversity participation goals. The project achieved 36% Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and 3% Women Owned Business Enterprises (WBE) participation. Elizabeth Noonan, an economic development professional and United Church of Christ member, served as the Project Manager, and minority-owned Kwame Building Group was the Construction Manager.

With input from their talented sub-contractors and with an eye on the project schedule, budget and desired level of quality, KAI’s team selected tilt-up concrete construction for the building’s exterior façade.  Additionally, the team used vibrated aggregate piers to improve the urban soils and drastically reduce the owner’s site remediation cost and associated schedule impact.

The completed Deaconess Center provides meeting rooms, a chapel, and a large conference space for up to 125 people, as well as administrative offices for the Deaconess Foundation, Vision for Children at Risk, and Neighborhood Houses — a United Church of Christ ministry that supports low-income children and families of the inner core of St. Louis City. The facility’s design incorporates many elements that appeal to children such as bright colors, eye-catching artwork by artist and illustrator Cbabi Bayoc and garden spaces.

The Deaconess Center is expected to host more than 6,000 citizens a year in more than 250 meetings focused on children’s issues.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through client collaboration, the latest technology, proprietary processes and individual expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit or call 314-241-8188.

Electrical Connection Joins Salute to IBEW President Emeritus Edwin D. Hill

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Edwin Hill

The Electrical Connection mourns the loss of inspirational labor leader Edwin D Hill.  Hill passed away on Dec. 1, 2018.  He began his career as construction wireman in 1956 and rose through the ranks to become president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and was later honored as its president emeritus.

“The labor movement has lost one of its greatest visionaries and leaders,” noted IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson.  “We join with President Hill’s friends and family in mourning his loss. But while this is a moment of great sadness, we draw inspiration and joy from President Hill’s nearly six-decades of service to working families and the union that was the cause of his life: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.”

Hill navigated numerous challenges for IBEW, strengthening the union with progressive programs to deliver greater value in its highly skilled and safe workforce.  Among those was the“Code of Excellence,” which helped earn local NECA contractor PayneCrest an AGC Keystone Award in 2016 for its work with IBEW on the Flint Creek Environmental Retrofit in Gentry, Ark.  The project’s use of the “Code of Excellence” was spotlighted by Electric TV.  Read more.

Building Careers

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

KRJ Architecture Promotes Tim Uelk, to Associate in Charge of Construction Administration. 

Tim Uelk

KRJ Architecture, a St. Louis-based architectural firm specializing in the design of educational and civic facilities, has promoted Tim Uelk, to the Associate in Charge of Construction Administration.

In this role, Uelk is responsible for managing information between building owners, the design team and contractors during the construction phase. He also assists with project cost estimates throughout the project and surveys existing building conditions.

Uelk joined KRJ in 2014 and brings to the role extensive experience in renovations, additions and new construction for educational, civic and government clients, including school districts, municipalities and ambulance districts.

“Tim consistently provides clients with the level of service that KRJ strives to sustain,” said David Kromm, president of KRJ Architecture. “His leadership adds to KRJ’s long tradition of maximizing a community’s resources through designing and enhancing new and existing community facilities.”

Uelk holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Drury University. He is a LEED Green Associate with an Associate AIA designation from the American Institute of Architects.

New Hires at Muphy Company

Charles Cova

Charles (“Jerry”) Cova has been appointed as account manager for Murphy Data Center Services. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, manager, Murphy DCS. Cova has more than 17 years’ experience in the industry, having worked as a program service manager and account manager for a national firm providing facility services and consulting on data centers and other critical infrastructure.

From 2001 to 2008 he was responsible for management of HVAC, generator, UPS, battery and fire system maintenance for customers. From September 2008 to 2018 he provided account management services in local, regional and national territories.

He attended both the University of Nebraska Omaha and Saint Louis University

Murphy DCS is a turn-key data center services solution, providing strategic integration of all facility infrastructure components, from consulting, design and construction to operation and maintenance. For more information, visit

Sid Sarginson

Sid Sarginson has been named an engineer for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice-president, engineering. A May 2018 graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville,Sarginson holds  a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a math minor. He previously served as a mechanical engineering intern at both Murphy Company and at Westermeyer Industries, Inc. a designer and supplier of components for the air-conditioning and refrigeration industries.

A graduate of Jersey Community High School, Sarginson served as a 4-H Club president 2007-2010, and as the Jerseyville FFA vice president 2013-14 and FFA treasurer 2011-12. He holds an Illinois State FFA degree and was honored with the Outstanding FFA Award, among others. He also was a member of the Jersey County Young Leaders, an affiliate of the Illinois Farm Bureau, and a member of the National Honors Society.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit

Midas Capital Hires Director of Investor Relations

Laura Robbins

Laura Robbins brings development and managerial experience to investment company

Midas Capital, an investment company specializing in hotel acquisition and development, recently hired Laura Robbins as Director of Investor Relations.  Robbins will be responsible for establishing potential investor opportunities, as well as strengthening existing client relationships.  She will assist with raising capital, manage investor events, oversee communication strategies, and supervise marketing and research efforts.

Prior to joining Midas Capital, Robbins served as Chief Development Officer at a non-profit social services organization.  She has more than 10 years of director and development experience in various financial, hospitality, entertainment, and non-profit industries.

Robbins is currently earning her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Independent Theater Studies from the Boston University School for the Arts in Boston, Mass.

“Laura brings a wide array of fundraising and relationship management skills to our company,” said Midas Capital’s Managing Member and Co-Founder J.T. Norville.  “She is a strategic individual who will lead our efforts in the investment community while upholding our high standards of excellence.”

Midas Capital – the sister company of premier hotel management group Midas Hospitality – is located at 1804 Borman Circle in St. Louis, Mo.  For more information about Midas Capital, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

November 29, 2018

Zane Truman

Zane Truman Joins McCarthy as Director of Business Development

Zane Truman has joined McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as director of business development in the firm’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing group.

In this position, Truman will build relationships with current and potential clients in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors to expand McCarthy’s project work in a 28-state region—from the Plains to the East Coast.

Truman joins McCarthy with significant experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, food and beverage, and oil and gas industries. Most recently, he served as director of engineering at the Alkem Laboratories pharmaceutical facility in Fenton, Mo., and he previously served as a project manager at CRB, an engineering, architecture and construction firm in St. Louis.

“Zane is a tremendous asset to McCarthy as we continue to expand our presence in the growing pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors,” said Ryan Freeman, senior vice president at McCarthy. “His strong background and deep understanding of client needs will position us for ongoing success.”

Truman earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in construction management from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

BSA LifeStructures Hires Leah Hofferkamp as Director, Interior Design

Leah Hofferkamp

Nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm BSA LifeStructures (BSA) has hired Leah Hofferkamp as director of interior design in its St. Louis office. As the director, Leah will coordinate efforts between interiors and architecture for the firm’s healing, learning, and discovery markets.

Named a 2017 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Ones to Watch award winner, Leah embodies the traits the award recognizes: exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the interior design profession. She earned her master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Leah is also a registered architect and interior designer in Missouri and certified by the Council for Interior Design Qualification and LEED AP Building Design + Construction.

With nearly 15 years of design experience, Leah’s work is recognized throughout the industry. Her expertise and skills will greatly impact BSA’s design teams. Leah’s understanding of building design as an architect, as well as the function of the interiors, allows for her projects to have a cohesiveness inside and out. “To see projects that exceed the client’s expectations, while being both functional and beautiful to the client, is very rewarding,” says Leah.

BSA, a national, integrated design firm, creates inspired solutions that improve lives. BSA provides architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning services for spaces that support and enhance healing, learning, and discovery – facilities known as LifeStructures. Learn more at

November 23, 2018


Jordan Sanders

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jordan Sanders to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Sanders joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of projects including the Alton School District Renovations, School of Osage R-II School District Heritage Building Addition, and Renovation and BJC Campus Renewal Project. Most recently, he filled the role of Assistant Project Manager for Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.5. His dedication and attention to detail played a pivotal role in the early completion of the new four-story, 113,000 SF residential facility. Sanders holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University. He is OSHA 30 and ASHE certified.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit 

Oculus Inc. Hires James Standing, Elevates Interior Design Division in St. Louis

James Standing

Standing’s expertise will grow Oculus in healthcare, financial and hospitality markets 

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, has strengthened their interior design business group with the addition of outstanding talent and leadership. James Standing will assume the role of acting director of Interior Design for Oculus Inc. He will oversee interior design services for a variety of building and market types, including healthcare, education, senior living and financial services.

“James’s proven track record in designing high-profile, beautiful interior spaces for over 30 years is a tremendous addition to our growing organization,” noted Lisa Bell-Reim, president of Oculus Inc. “We’re thrilled to bring our architectural expertise together with James’s outstanding reputation and elevate the interior design division in St. Louis and surrounding markets.”

“Oculus Inc. is an award-winning architectural and design firm that I’m honored to be a part of,” commented Standing. “Joining Oculus Inc. is a new and exciting endeavor that will allow me to continue to pursue my passion for the art of interior design. I’m looking forward to great achievements in this new role,” he added.

Standing co-founded Standing Design LLC with his wife, Jerri, in 1996. After 22 years, the couple is winding down their business. Effective December 15, 2018, the Standing Design business will formally shutter and transition its client base to Oculus Inc.

In the past year, Oculus Inc. has added more than 10 professional architects, project managers, designers and corporate staff to the St. Louis headquarters and the Dallas and Portland offices. 

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit

CREW-St. Louis Honors Wendy Timm with Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendy Timm

CREW-St. Louis presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy Timm at its Third Annual Signature Event on Nov. 13. Timm was honored for her leadership within the organization, as well as her contributions to the region’s economic development, and civic and charitable endeavors.

“CREW-St. Louis is honored to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy for her dedication to our mission and for her contributions to the economic development of our region,” said Lynn Goessling, 2018 CREW-St. Louis president. “Wendy has served as a mentor and role model for so many of our members. She continues as a true ambassador in promoting the St. Louis region as a great place for commercial real estate development and for companies to call it home.”

Timm’s ties to CREW-St. Louis started in 1983 when few women carried a significant presence or voice in the industry. She has played a critical part and served as a role model in advancing, educating and supporting women to influence the commercial real estate industry.

As president of CREW-St. Louis in 1999, she founded the CREW-St. Louis Annual Golf Classic, which continues as the industry’s premier networking event. She has worked with countless members on significant developments in St. Louis, and continues to serve as a mentor for women who have chosen a career path in the commercial real estate industry.

Her career spans more than four decades as an appraiser, mortgage banker, real estate developer/financier and consultant. Timm’s passion for urban planning and real estate development have moved the St. Louis region forward. She helped deliver notable projects such as Clayton on the Park, Maryland Walk, 4545 Lindell, Metro Lofts, Old Town Executive Center, Claytonian, Hi-Pointe Lofts, Summit Lofts, Cupples O1, Mississippi Lofts and Millwell Office Park.

Her role in the St. Louis region has been recognized. She was selected as a Woman of Influence by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2004. Timm also was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame in 2014. 

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. For more information, visit Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

Frank Lewis Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 

Frank Lewis

Frank Lewis, retired from Sundek Products, Arlington, TX, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors, (ASCC), St. Louis, MO on September 20, at the organization’s Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Lewis joined ASCC’s Decorative Concrete Council in 1999; Sundek Products was a charter member. He served as council director from 2009-2011.

“During his long tenure with our association Frank was a teacher, trainer, speaker, mentor and cheerleader for the DCC and the decorative concrete industry,” said Bev Garnant, executive director, ASCC. The award was presented in recognition of Lewis’ devotion and commitment to the DCC, and his efforts to make it the foremost organization in the U.S. dedicated to the decorative concrete industry.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722. 

Chris Sullivan Joins American Society of Concrete Contractors 

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan, noted concrete industry speaker and trainer, has joined the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO as decorative concrete specialist (DCS). The DCS provides leadership, counsel and direction for the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of ASCC. One of the key responsibilities of the DSC, says ASCC executive director Bev Garnant, is answering two member hotlines; one for decorative concrete questions and the second covering polished concrete.

Sullivan is part owner and vice president of sales and marketing for ChemSystems Holdings, Inc. He is a frequent public speaker on all topics dealing with decorative concrete and has authored four books and hundreds of articles for industry publications. He has been a presenter at the World of Concrete since 2005 and at the Concrete Décor Show since 2009. Sullivan was inducted into the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame in 2015.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

 John Suelthaus Elected President of Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri

John Suelthaus

John Suelthaus, president of Kingbridge Homes, has been elected the 85thpresident of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. 

Oculus Inc. Promotes Jim Stotlar to Senior Project Manager

Jim Stotlar

Stotlar to provide architectural leadership in variety of industries

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has promoted Jim Stotlar to senior project manager for its St. Louis headquarters. Stotlar, AIA, LEED Associate, GGP, has diverse experience in federal and healthcare projects.

“Jim has been an instrumental part of our company for nearly 4 years now,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “The variety of experience he brings to the table is a major piece of Oculus’ identity. He will be integral in our continued success in the federal and healthcare markets, among others. We look forward to seeing how Jim will lead in his new role.”

In his new position, Stotlar will be responsible for managing staff and contributing to the leadership of Oculus. He will also continue to oversee project budgets, schedules and programs, coordinate project communications and documentation, estimate fees, determine scopes of work and prepare proposals and contracts. Stotlar joined the firm in 2015 as a project architect. He was promoted to project manager in 2017.

Stotlar is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Associate with the U.S. Green Building Council. He also is a certified Green Globes Professional ™ through the Green Building Initiative.

He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Planning from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Interior Design from RMIT University, located in Melbourne, Australia.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit

Another 150 Jobs Coming to Fenton Logistics Park As US Capital Development Adds Two More Tenants

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US CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT (USCD) – formerly operating under the name KP Development – today announced that Fenton Logistics Park (FLP) is preparing to add another 150 jobs at the site of the former Chrysler Plant as two more tenants have signed leases to move into the park in Q1 2019. Skin Specialty Solutions, Inc., and Nexius Solutions, Inc. signed leases totaling just under 100,000 square feet in two separate buildings in the growing industrial park. USCD wholly owns FLP and has already delivered more than $100 million in development at the site.

Skin Specialty Solutions, Inc., leased the remaining 48,080 square feet in Fenton Logistics Park I, the first speculative building in the park which has 159,950 square feet that is now 100% leased. The company is expected to move into their new space in February of 2019 and will be creating 100 new jobs. Skin Specialty Solutions, Inc., is an online, customized skincare company that created a secure, proprietary web-based technology that allows for personalized attention online.

Nexius Solutions, Inc. has inked a deal for 51,772 square feet in Fenton Logistics Park III, bringing the 169,543 square foot speculative building to 77% leased. They are scheduled to occupy their new space in February of 2019 and will be creating an estimated 50 new jobs. Nexius provides end-to-end deployment services and solutions on the latest technologies. Their services include designing, optimizing, deploying and delivering state of the art networks.

“With every tenant signed, we see increased interest in Fenton Logistics Park from others who are seeking the flexibility that new construction offers, yet desire an exceptional location that also delivers an available work force,” said Scott Sachtleben, managing principal of USCD. “Those are the same advantages that drew these two newest tenants and those that signed up over the past year, and we look forward to welcoming may more as we continue to build out the park.”

The comprehensive redevelopment of the former Chrysler Plant reflects a transformation of a brownfield site advancing toward a state-of-the-art industrial and commercial development where tenants continue to quickly occupy the new buildings. The newest tenants will join BASF, BJC, Hubbell and others, which collectively are bringing new life to the site. Upon completion, the overall project investment will achieve 2.5 million square feet of development with a value in excess of $250 million.

Jon Hinds and Katie Haywood of CBRE represented USCD in the transactions. Skin Specialty Solutions, Inc., was represented by Hal Ball at Hilliker Corporation. Nexius Solutions, Inc were represented by Jeff Hawley and Brandon Duncan at Block Hawley.

US Capital Development, formerly known as KP Development, is a real estate development company based in St. Louis with a second office in Indianapolis and has origins dating back to 1994. The firm’s efforts are now aligned under three distinct business platforms: industrial speculative development, commercial build-to-suit projects and a senior housing division operating under the brand “Oakleigh Development.” 

Construction Complete on $3 Million Historic Renovation of Langenberg Hat Building in Washington, MO

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Construction is complete for the $3 million historic renovation of the former Langenberg Hat Building in Washington, MO at 330 West Front Street. As general contractor, Knoebel Construction converted the two-story brick building into a multi-use space featuring six, two-bedroom lofts and Streetside Tacos, a sit-down restaurant on the first floor. The developer was Marquart Landing Properties, L.L.C. and the architect was The Van Hooser Partnership.

The construction of the historic building included renovation of the façade, structural modifications and all-new HVAC, electrical, plumbing, roofing, sidewalks, stairs, parking lot and elevator. The historic renovation was funded in part through the city’s Downtown Building Rehabilitation Program.

The new 2020-square-foot Streetside Tacos features an open-view kitchen, outdoor patio, vibrant artwork, salsa and chip bar and views of the Missouri River and Washington Riverfront. The first floor also features two lofts, offices and room for future build-out of additional retail space.  Four additional lofts are located on the second floor. The 1,350 to 1,730-square-foot, one-bedroom and one-and-a-half bathroom lofts retain the historic charm of the building with exposed brick, hardwood floors, wood beams and tall ceilings.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

S. M. Wilson Awarded $33 Million Patient Care Center Expansion For Blessing Hospital

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Blessing Hospital to serve as the construction manager of a $33 Million Patient Care Center expansion in Quincy, IL.

The expansion will include building-out the fourth floor shell space with 26 patient rooms and two new patient floors with an additional 52 patient rooms. Once the fit-out is complete, Blessing Hospital’s Moorman Pavilion will turn into a six-floor patient tower with a total of 130 patient rooms.

S. M. Wilson built the original Moorman Pavilion Patient Tower at Blessing Hospital in 2015. The project was necessary to facilitate the remodeling of Blessing Hospital’s 1970 Patient Tower and transformation from dual occupancy rooms to primarily private rooms. The Moorman Pavilion currently has 70 patient rooms, including waiting rooms, conference rooms, nurses’ stations, offices, staff lounges and locker rooms, exam rooms, therapy rooms, a chapel and classrooms for the Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing.

Christner will design the project. Construction is expected to be completed by May 2020.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit


Mosby Kicks Off 5th Annual Stuff the Truck Toy Drive

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Until December 8th, the St. Louis remodeling firm is collecting new toys and non-perishable food items for Friends of Kids with Cancer and St. Louis Area Foodbank

Mosby Building Arts is looking to the community to help collect new, unwrapped toys as well as non-perishable food items to donate to Friends of Kids with Cancer and St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Mosby’s goal is to collect 1,000 toys and 1,000 pounds of food (or more!) for two organizations that help bring cheer to those in need. Toys and food can be dropped off through December 8th in the Mosby lobby at 645 Leffingwell Ave. Every donation receives a raffle ticket for an entry to win prizes!

The culminating Stuff the Truck event will be on December 8, 2018 from 10am – 2pm at Mosby Building Arts. Highlights of this family-friendly event include:

• Free digital photo with Santa Claus (with donation)

• Food and drink available for purchase from Blues Fired Pizza and The Sweet Divine

• Live radio broadcasts of KMOX Home Improvement Show with Scott Mosby and 97.1 Right At Home with Rich Oris

Noël Powers, the event organizer and Mosby’s Marketing Coordinator, is excited about the toy drive’s fifth year. “We are motivated to spread holiday cheer and bring smiles to children and families in need. And the enthusiastic response we get from the local business community to make this a great event is always encouraging.”

“This year, we chose two organizations that Mosby employees are dedicated to helping. That personal connection will increase donations within our company, and we hope it inspires the community to give generously. The Monday after the event on December 8th, we hope to be exhausted from delivering truckloads of toys and food to both charities.”

Learn more about the Stuff the Truck event.

For questions about donations, please call 314.909.1800.

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for home remodeling, design, and architecture in Metro St. Louis for more than 70 years. As a family-owned business, Scott Mosby and his team have been recognized nationally and locally for high standards of customer service and business ethics. Learn more at

Hibbs Homes Completing Mortgage-Free Home for Local Veteran

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Home builder Hibbs Homes is nearing the final stages of their Wildwood construction of a mortgage-free home for a local veteran and his family. The project is in partnership with Operation Finally Home. Each phase of this project has been made possible through donations of time and materials by local vendor partners. Now, Hibbs Homes is asking the public to help contribute to finish three rooms of the home – the Kids Rooms, the Living Room, and the Kitchen.

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Goal is to raise $5,000 by 12/7.

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