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Electrical Connection Volunteers Repair Electrical Systems in 28 St. Louis Low Income Homes

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15th Consecutive Year That IBEW/NECA Team to Help Rebuilding Together St. Louis 

A 15-year commitment by Electrical Connection volunteers reached a milestone this year – repairing its 500th low income home for Rebuilding Together St. Louis.  And over the years, the effort is a reminder to all residents living in older homes in the area to be aware of issues with aging electrical infrastructure.

This year, Electrical Connection volunteers began making free electrical repairs on April 28, 2018 to 28 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.  The community improvement effort includes more than 150 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 1 electricians and 20 electrical contractor members of the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  IBEW/NECA form the Electrical Connection partnership.

Since 2003, the partnership has donated labor and more than $850,000 in materials to improve more than 520 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.

“The skills of Electrical Connection volunteers are invaluable to identifying and repairing life safety issues,” said Dave Ervin, executive director, Rebuilding Together St. Louis. “These are older homes with aging electrical infrastructure that may present hidden hazards behind the walls of the homes.”

Dave Roth, business representative for IBEW Local 1, organizes the annual safety repairs.  He says they often find improper repairs made to the homes by those unskilled in electrical work, creating fire hazards.  “It is that ‘quick fix’ with no thought given to safety that often creates the hidden danger,” said Roth. “This includes exposed wires, open splices, overloaded panel boxes and a lack of ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) switches and outlets.  Repairs require skill and knowledge of the National Electrical Code that IBEW/NECA diligently follow in all its installations.”

Studies have shown the frequency of electrical fires is higher in homes more than 40 years old.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued a March 2017 report detailing an annual average of 45,210 U.S. home structure fires reported in the U.S. involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2010 to 2014. The fires resulted in 420 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage each year, according to the report. (see http://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fire-causes/Electrical-and-consumer-electronics/Electrical).

Because older homes are the dominant housing stock in St. Louis, the Electrical Connection offers the following advice:

  • Aluminum wiring was introduced to homes in North America in the mid-1960s as a cost-efficient alternative to copper wiring.  Be aware that aluminum is softer and if wrenched into junction boxes and switches can be more easily damaged. It also tends to expand and contract with heat as it conducts electricity causing the wiring to become loose at connections.  It is not code compliant in all jurisdictions and should never be integrated with copper wiring.  Homeowners need to be a aware that insurance companies charge higher rates in homes with aluminum wiring.
  • Knob-and-tube wiring was commonly installed in homes built before 1940. It may still comply with code, depending on the jurisdiction, but it has no grounding wire and connections are not terminated in a junction box.  The wire sheathing can decay after many decades of use.  The Electrical Connection recommends that knob-and-tube wiring be replaced with modern wiring that meets up-to-date electrical code requirements.
  • Flickering lights, switches that feel warm to the touch or buzzing switches can be a sign of a hidden electrical hazard.
  • Wiring should always be properly terminated in junction boxes with wire caps securing connections.
  • All electrical outlets installed close to a water source (think bathroom, kitchen, laundry area) should have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Older electrical infrastructure was not designed to handle the load of today’s modern home appliances and technology and is not always suitable to optimized energy efficiencies.  A licensed electrical contractor can provide recommendations and install electrical upgrades to meet load requirements. Electrical consumption has increased 70 percent over the past 25 years.

The Electrical Connection offers the largest number of licensed commercial and residential electrical contractors and skilled electricians in the region with a searchable data base at www.electricalconnection.org.

NECA contractors, who are donating service trucks and tools in the Rebuilding Together effort, include:

  • Bell Electrical
  • Benson Electric Co., Inc.
  • Branson Electric
  • BRK Electrical Contractors, LLC
  • Concept Electrical Services, LLC
  • Grasser Electric
  • House Electric, Inc.
  • J Bathe Electric Co.
  • Kaemmerlen Electric
  • Kaiser Electric, Inc.
  • Northwest Electric Co., Inc.
  • PayneCrest Electric, Inc.
  • Resource Electrical Systems, Inc.
  • RJP Electric LLC
  • Sachs Electric Company
  • Summit Electric
  • TSI Group, LLC
  • Vision Electric & Systems
  • Warren County Electric, LLC.
  • Lynns Electric, LLC

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  Find a contractor near you in the Electrical Connection contractor database.

New Cafe Coming to the Gateway Arch

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St. Louis-based Spiegelglass Construction Company is starting construction work on The Arch Café LLC, a brand new café proudly located at the base of the Gateway Arch.  The 1,600 square-foot space can seat 28 in the café and an additional 96 in the common area. The Arch Café will offer farm-to-table food that includes everything from St. Louis ribs, hamburgers, paninis and St. Louis’s special toasted raviolis to vegetarian and gluten-free options. Visitors will also enjoy locally sourced foods, as well as organic produce. A coffee bar, vending machines and box lunches for groups will also be available.

According to Spiegelglass Construction, the Arch Café is expected to open on July 4th, 2018 during the city’s Independence Day celebrations. The Arch Café LLC’s parent company, Evelyn Hill Inc., operates the concessions at the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and at Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore.

“Spiegelglass Construction has strong roots in St. Louis – our business began here in 1904, the year of World’s Fair,” said Barry Spiegelglass, co-owner of Spiegelglass Construction Company. “It’s an incredible honor to now be constructing The Arch Café at the Gateway Arch more than 110 years after my grandfather opened Spiegelglass Construction nearby in downtown St. Louis.”

As part of several conservation initiatives, The Arch Café, LLC will institute a zero waste program where virtually all of the waste is either recycled or composted. Plastics, aluminum, glass and cardboard are recycled and food scraps, coffee cups, napkins and flatware are composted.  The dining experience includes visitors learning about environmental practices they can incorporate at the park and at home.

“When we saw the bid opportunity for a concession stand at the Gateway Arch, we jumped at the chance,” said Evelyn Hill Inc. owner and president Bradford Hill. “We’re excited to apply what we’ve learned at the Statue of Liberty, Fort McHenry and Ellis Island and bring that success to the iconic Gateway Arch with The Arch Café.”

Evelyn Hill Inc., is also a third generation business having started at the Statue of Liberty 87 years ago in 1931.  Over 4.5 million visitors pass through the doors to their gift shops, café’s, and outdoor stands.  Evelyn Hill Inc., is the leader in the National Park Service for their zero waste initiatives.  In 2010, they opened a LEED platinum structure on Liberty Island for the new gift shop.  In addition, providing interpretive displays, signage, and living history is one of the company’s hallmarks. For more information, please visit www.cafearch.com.

Based in St. Louis, Spiegelglass Construction Company has been a family-owned general contractor since its inception in 1904. The company’s client portfolio includes national chains and independently-owned businesses, and spans industries including retail and foodservice. With a commercial construction focus, the company’s leaders combine a personal passion for turning their clients’ visions into reality with the know-how of a company that has been in business for more than 100 years. Rooted in integrity, Spiegelglass Construction stands above its peers with its personalized client service, unparalleled craftsmanship and a commitment to excellence. The company enjoys an honorable, well-deserved reputation among clients, subcontractors and business associates for closely adhering to the values that have sustained the business since 1904. For more information, please visit www.spiegelglass-gc.com.

RSS Roofing Services & Solutions Announces Partnership with DJM Ecological Services

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RSS Roofing Services & Solutions Announces Partnership with DJM Ecological Services

Partnership brings green commercial roof capabilities to the Midwest

RSS Roofing Services & Solutions, a national commercial design-bid-build roofing contractor, announces its partnership with DJM Ecological Services, Inc. to provide turnkey green roof capabilities to the Midwest. DJM Ecological Services is a technical service provider focused on the installation and maintenance of landscapes comprised of native plants with a particular focus on green infrastructure.

“We are thrilled to work side-by-side with DJM moving forward,” said Bill Klein, project manager of RSS St. Louis. “Combining DJM’s ecological expertise with our commercial roofing services provides customers the ability to receive a sustainable roof option very few contractors in market can offer.”

With this partnership, RSS can coordinate waterproofing, irrigation, media selection, load requirements, plant selection and more, establishing it as a single-source green commercial roof installer. Other features this partnership offers includes storm water management, operational expertise related to these unique systems and the installation of photovoltaic solar panels to offset electricity consumption.

“As companies become more concerned about the environment and sustainability, a partnership like this is crucial,” said Doug Bauer, president and owner of DJM Ecological Services, Inc. “We are excited to see all of the possibilities working with RSS can bring to our current and future clients.”

RSS and DJM first worked together on the National Great Rivers project in Alton, Ill. and then again on the BJC Campus Renewal Project in St. Louis, Mo. Currently, RSS is installing a new roof on property utilized by DJM in St Louis City.

RSS Roofing Services & Solutions is a nationally recognized, design-bid-build roofing contractor covering projects of all sizes for the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.roofingsands.com.

DJM Ecological Services is a technical service provider focused on the installation and maintenance of landscapes comprised of native plants For more information, visit www.djmecological.com.

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.

Byrne & Jones Promotes Walter to Controller

Misty Walter

Misty Walter has been promoted to controller at Byrne & Jones Construction. Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

As controller, Walter will be responsible for all Byrne & Jones client billing and receivables and cash management.  Walter has a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com.

Ken Lewis joins McGrath & Associates as Project Engineer

Ken Lewis

McGrath & Associates has hired Ken Lewis from the Central West End in St. Louis, MO, as project engineer.   He will be working with McGrath’s pharmaceutical and healthcare business groups.  Lewis has three years of construction project engineering and estimating experience.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management Technology from Purdue University Northwest.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit www.mcgrathconstruction.com.

FGM Announces Staff Promotions

Brian Wright, Director of FGM’s Municipal & Recreation Practice will continue to expand the firm’s mission to Enhance Communities by Creating Quality Environments. Having joined the firm in 2007, Brian has focused primarily on designing fire, police, civic and recreation facilities with great success. Previously leading efforts to expand FGM’s municipal practice in St. Louis, Brian will now be focused on FGM’s Chicago, Oak Brook and Milwaukee locations.

Scot Fairfield: Vice President & Director of Marketing’s 28-year career combines leadership, project management and business development expertise to advance the firm’s mission to Enhance Communities by Creating Quality Environments.

Initially hired in 1999, Scot rejoined FGM in 2017 after ten years of design-build and business development in the construction industry. In his new role, Scot will promote a culture of strong client and market engagement through corporate-wide efforts affecting FGM’s Chicago, Oak Brook, O’Fallon, St. Louis and Milwaukee locations within their Corporate, Federal, Higher Education, Municipal & Recreation and PK-12 Education Practices.

In Scot’s own words. “My passion has always been focused on creating trusted relationships while pursuing and collaborating on projects. I look forward to the challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the sustaining growth of our firm”.

Diane Gilmartin has been named Chief Financial Officer of the firm. Diane worked for FGM from 2002 – 2004 and returned to the firm in 2016 as the Director of Finance. With more than 30+ years’ experience in finance for professional services firms, Diane now manages FGM’s ever growing revenue. Diane’s career includes seven years as a Senior Manager for Arthur Andersen.

FGM Architects has specialized in the planning and design of environments for work, study and play since 1945. From early strategic facilities planning through building and interior design to furniture selection, our team of more than 75 professionals supports the needs of our clients with a total commitment to service.

St. Louis-Based KRJ Architecture Appoints New Vice President

Romy Uelk

KRJ Architecture, a long-time architectural firm specializing in the design of educational and civic facilities, has promoted Romy Uelk to the position of vice president, principal in charge of programming. During her ten years at KRJ, Uelk’s responsibilities have grown to include taking an active role in helping clients communicate project goals to the community, whether it be for a bond issue or fundraising. Her experience includes projects for public schools, colleges, ambulance districts and other public entities.

“Romy is skilled at facilitating diverse groups of people to move toward the same vision for their communities. She’s a consensus-builder on behalf of our clients,” said David Kromm, president of KRJ. “As we look to the future of KRJ, Romy’s strengths in leadership and communication will continue to serve our clients well.”

Kromm added that Uelk’s deep knowledge of the specialized needs of public entities has contributed greatly to the firm’s ability to bring innovative, cost-effective solutions to clients, on time and on budget.

Uelk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Drury University.

EDAC Designers Grow at Spellman Brady

Amanda Renshaw

Spellman Brady & Company is proud to announce that Amanda Renshaw,designer, has earned her Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC). Ms. Renshaw is the most recent Spellman Brady designer to receive EDAC, which brings the firm’s designers to over 20% certified.

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) is the process of basing healthcare facility planning and design decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible patient, staff and operational outcomes.  Research evidence attests to the fact that the physical environment impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness and quality of care provided in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

In order to earn EDAC, Ms. Renshaw passed a two-hour, 110-question multiple-choice exam. The exam’s five sections tested her on EBD in healthcare, the research process, the pre-design process, construction, and occupancy.  The exam certifies professional’s ability to practice the EBD process.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Ramona Nicula, MS, MBA, PE Joins EDM Incorporated as  Vice President, Senior Electrical Engineer

Ramona Nicu

EDM Incorporated is proud to welcome Ramona Nicula as Vice President and Senior Electrical Engineer.  Ramona is a registered Engineer in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maryland, Arizona, California and New York with over 24 years’ experience.  Ramona holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of Missouri, St. Louis, and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Transilvania University, in Romania.  She is also a LEED-Accredited Professional.

Headquartered in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, EDM Incorporated is a 45+ year old full-service engineering firm providing civil, structural, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering to local, state and federal governments as well as private sector clients. EDM is a mid-sized firm that employs approximately 31 employees, 18 of whom are licensed engineers.

New Hires at Hastings+Chivetta Architects

William Schenck

William Schenck, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Project Designer. In his role, William will work closely with our team of designers to create facilities that foster campus community and student engagement. This approach focuses on collaboration and teamwork utilizing cutting edge software to allow for efficient design exploration. Prior to joining the firm, William produced award-winning designs for athletic, recreation, community, healthcare and science & technology clients. He shares H+C’s client-oriented approach and brings a fresh perspective to the design team.

William received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Architecture and Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas.

Alvaro Simon Merino

Alvaro Simon Merino has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer. As a member of the architectural graphics team, Alvaro assists project teams with conceptual designs and creates 2D and 3D renderings and virtual reality models. He is currently developing renderings for the Gustavus Adolphus College Nobel Hall addition and renovation.

Alvaro received his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture in Architectural Design and Architectural Engineering from the University of Alcala in Madrid, Spain. Alvaro was born and raised in Madrid and moved to the U.S. this past summer.

HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Please contact Marketing Coordinator Laura Lancia at llancia@hcarchitects.com or 314-863-5717 x167.

McClure Engineering Names Keith Esarey President

Keith Esarey

McClure Engineering announces that Keith Esarey, PE and Principal, has been named the new President of the McClure Corporation. Esarey has served on the Board of Directors since 2009, most recently holding the position of Vice President since 2016. He takes over the position of President from Keith Cooper, PE and Principal, who has held the position since 2009. Cooper remains with the company as Chairman of the Board, Principal, and Electrical Engineer.

“We expect a seamless transition both internally and externally, as we have been transitioning responsibilities over the last year,” said Cooper. “Keith’s ongoing guidance and dedication to McClure over the past 20 years has more than earned him this position. We are excited to watch his leadership continue to make a difference here.”

As the new President, Esarey is responsible for leading the development of McClure’s short and long-term strategy, evaluating the work of officers and Principals and assessing business risks and opportunities for the company as they arise.

“I have been part of the development of McClure for some time now, and it will be great to tackle it from the perspective of this position,” said Esarey. “We have an incredible team here and I am honored that my coworkers have entrusted me to lead it.”

Esarey is a Professional Engineer in multiple states and Principal at McClure Engineering. He is responsible for project management and mechanical design for critical environment systems where the control of temperature and humidity is a sensitive operational component. He began his career as an intern with McClure in 1992, worked for Monsanto after graduating from Missouri S&T and then rejoined McClure in 1997. Other officers of the company include Phil Wentz as Vice President and Eric Schactman as Secretary/Treasurer.

McClure Engineering is a mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm established in 1953 and dedicated to the development of innovative solutions to unique engineering problems. For project profiles, services and more, visit McClure Engineering online at www.mcclureeng.com

May 11, 2018

Northstar Management Company Hires New Associates 

Northstar Management Company is proud to announce the addition of three new associates.

Jake Goss joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with nineteen years of total industry experience. Jake earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. In addition, he earned his Associate of Science in Construction Management at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL.

Scott Rushing

Scott R. Rushing joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with eighteen years of total industry experience. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kristin Gounis

Kristin Gounis joins the Northstar team as Special Projects Coordinator with eighteen years of total industry experience.  Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Missouri State University – Springfield, MO.

Founded in 1998, Northstar Management Company is an independent Owner’s Representative/Program Management firm whose sole focus is guiding clients through successful construction projects.

Ryan Laley Joins Byrne & Jones Construction As Project Manager and Estimator for Its Sports Division 

Ryan Laley

Ryan Laley has joined Byrne & Jones Construction’s sports division as a project manager and estimator.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Laley provides project cost estimates and manages projects for the sports division which serves elementary, secondary and higher education as well as professional sports teams and sports organizations.

Laley has a degree in civil engineering technology from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com.

May 4, 2018

IWR North America Announces Hire of Sean Hamlin

Sean Hamlin

Hamlin joins glass and glazing division as senior estimator

IWR North America, a leading building enclosure specialty contractor based in St. Louis, announces the hire of Sean Hamlin as senior estimator. In this position, Hamlin is responsible for glass and glazing pricing, proposals and preconstruction support services.

“Sean is a great asset to our team, and we are eager to have him with our company,” said Todd Staley, general manager of IWR North America. “His experience in analyzing and bidding project opportunities for design and construction is prevalent and necessary for our strategic initiatives.”

Hamlin, a predominant name in the industry, brings 11 years of commercial façade contracting to the company. The St. Louis area native both lived and worked in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest regions managing multiple national projects. Most recently, he was employed by Enclos Corp. as senior project manager. He previously worked at Cupples Inc. and Trainor Glass Company.

“I look forward to becoming part of a progressive company like IWR,” said Hamlin. “I’m eager to develop and implement effective strategies for IWR’s glass and glazing division.”

IWR North America launched its glass and glazing division in 2016 to enhance its existing building enclosure service offerings, and it is rapidly growing. Now as a single-source building enclosure partner, IWR North America offers its customers a complete exterior package, including design-assist, preconstruction, laser scanning, scheduling, in-house engineering, glass and glazing, and installation.

IWR North America, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is one of the longest standing specialty contractors in the United States with a focus on being a true building enclosure partner.For more information, contact Todd Staley at tstaley@iwrna.com or call 314-633-4958.

Avison Young-St. Louis Names Brian Kelley a Principal of the Firm

Brian Kelly

Avison Young-St. Louis announces Brian Kelley has joined the company as a Principal  of the firm. Kelley has over 13 years of commercial real estate experience and has worked with clients on both a national and local basis.

Kelley will use his expertise at Avison Young to work with clients in the areas of retail, office, industrial, multi-family and investment brokerage.

“This is an exciting opportunity with a firm that is growing rapidly in the St. Louis area. They have a winning approach that designs ways to add value to every property and process. I look forward to helping their team make the client experience as productive and easy as possible,” Kelley said.

George Convy, a founder of the Avison Young-St. Louis office, said, ““Brian comes to us with a wide breadth of commercial real estate experience. He practically grew up in the commercial real estate and construction business. Brian will have an immediate positive impact on our office, and will assist us in the planning and implementation of our future growth”.

A licensed commercial realtor in both Missouri and Illinois, Kelley’s experience includes overseeing leasing, negotiation, construction, and installation of space for numerous Edward Jones Investment locations. He has worked with Koman Properties Inc., and most recently served in a managerial role with Savoy Properties where he developed a portfolio to include office, warehouse, and retail spaces.

A native of St. Louis, Kelley attained a Master in Business Administration degree from Webster University and attended Arizona State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is a member of the Missouri Growth Association, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), serves on the alumni board of Chaminade College Preparatory School.

Avison Young-St. Louis—a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals—provides value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, industrial, investment and community properties. 

McGrath & Associates promotes Cindy Spriggs to Vice President, Finance

Cindy Spriggs

Cindy Spriggs has been promoted to Vice President, Finance at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Spriggs has been with McGrath & Associates for eight years, serving as Controller.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit www.mcgrathconstruction.com.

Northstar Management Company Hires New Associates

Northstar Management Company is proud to announce the addition of three new associates.

Jake Goss joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with nineteen years of total industry experience. Jake earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. In addition, he earned his Associate of Science in Construction Management at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL.

Scott R. Rushing joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with eighteen years of total industry experience. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kristin Gounis joins the Northstar team as Special Projects Coordinator with eighteen years of total industry experience.  Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Missouri State University – Springfield, MO.

Founded in 1998, Northstar Management Company is an independent Owner’s Representative/Program Management firm whose sole focus is guiding clients through successful construction projects.

Tarlton Completes Renovation of Stephen & Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden

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Project restores one of the Garden’s most iconic buildings, creating interior spaces
that commemorate the Henry Shaw era; new addition provides common-use areas
and public accessibility
 

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, completed renovation of and constructed an addition to the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Tarlton served as construction manager on the 7,000-square-foot museum, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main level of the pre-Civil War, red brick building offers expanded space for exhibits of artwork and other displays. Updates include a light-filled lobby, renovated lower-level gallery and new staircase that links the two floors. A new architectural addition, which safeguards the integrity of the historic building and surrounding environment, connects to the existing structure. The addition houses new public restrooms, fire stairs and an elevator, providing accessibility in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was designed in accordance with preservation principles outlined by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and U.S. National Park Service.

The museum, widely considered one of the most historically significant buildings in the Midwest, opened in 1859 – the same year the Garden officially opened its doors to the public. It housed the Garden’s original library, herbarium and natural history specimens. The building had been closed to the public for more than three decades.

A Garden’s History Revealed

At the project’s outset, the interior restoration was conceived to closely align with the era of Henry Shaw, St. Louis businessman and founder of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The scope of work included restoration of the building’s original tile floor and stripping layers of paint from bookshelves. Energy-efficient upgrades include the installation of insulated glass in the building’s original windows and a new HVAC system.

As the final budget was being developed, the Tarlton team removed part of a plaster drop ceiling in the building’s first-floor rear south room. It was there that crews uncovered hidden pieces of the Garden’s history: the original barrel vault ceiling, which featured the painted portraits of noted botanists George Engelmann, Carl Linnaeus and Asa Gray. The design-construction team was tasked with reconfiguring the mechanical systems on the floor directly above the portraits, suspending the systems above the barrel vault ceiling to minimize vibrations. The team worked with restoration experts, as well as conservators with the U.S. National Park Service, to preserve the portraits.

Exterior work included the restoration of the building’s original wood doors, windows and light fixtures, the replacement of handrails, a slate shingle roof and copper chimney cap, tuckpointing and foundation waterproofing.

The building was designed by noted St. Louis architect George I. Barrett, who also designed Shaw’s country home (known as the Tower Grove House), as well as Shaw’s mausoleum situated on the garden’s grounds. The museum was named for brothers Stephen and Peter Sachs in honor of the family’s support for the restoration. A wide range of generous donors also contributed to the restoration.

“The restoration of the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum was so well done,” said Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, president of Missouri Botanical Garden. “The historic nature of the building remains, and we are thrilled to welcome visitors to the Museum Building again.”

The Tarlton team included Andy Kovarik, project executive; Sondra Rotty, project director; Joshua Fisk, project manager; Greg Sweeso, estimator; Brian Julius, project engineer; and Dustin Norton, project superintendent. Tarlton Concrete provided all flatwork and vertical concrete on the project, with Brian Shaffer managing that portion of the work. Christner Inc. was the project architect.

The museum renovation was the second Tarlton project for Missouri Botanical Garden. The firm garnered a 2017 Quality Concrete Award from the Concrete Council of St. Louis for the replacement of the iconic bridge in the Climatron®, one of the Garden’s most popular attractions. 

About Tarlton

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets, also providing special expertise in concrete construction and restoration as well as hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services. 

About Missouri Botanical Garden

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 158 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.  

Freightweek STL Shines Spotlight On Freight And Transportation Industries

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Freight and transportation experts to focus on the forward movement of America’s growing freight industry 

Inland Marine Expo (IMX), Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS), and St. Louis Regional Freightway are partnering to host FreightWeek STL, a four-day conference in St. Louis. The inaugural FreightWeek STL will bring together freight and transportation experts as well as exhibitors from around the country to share ideas and collaborate on the forward movement of America’s growing freight industry. FreightWeek STL will take place May 21-24, 2018, at the America’s Center Convention Complex and the Marriott St. Louis Grand, just blocks west of the Mississippi River, where participants can gain firsthand exposure to the St. Louis region’s enviable location as the epicenter of American Logistics.

“With national freight volume expected to grow more than 40 percent over the next 30 years, we can’t think of a better time or place to host a featured freight event like this where organizers, speakers and attendees can come together and gain insight that will help them to individually capture their share of the increased freight volume, while simultaneously working together to advance America’s overall freight industry,” said Mary Lamie, St. Louis Regional Freightway Executive Director.

Through a unique partnership forged between the Freightway, IMX and ITTS, thousands of conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sessions concentrating on all aspects of the freight industry, with an emphasis on the movement of freight via the American inland waterways and interstate system.

Inland Marine Expo (IMX), the annual, three-day trade show for the inland and intracoastal marine transportation industry, will be held May 21-23 at The Dome at America’s Center and mark the event’s fifth anniversary. Convening more than 2,000 stakeholders from across the nation, IMX highlights equipment and services critical in the transportation of goods along U.S. inland and intracoastal waterways. Key highlights of this year’s IMX will be special sessions on the State of the Barge Industry, Developing Your Maritime Cybersecurity Plan and National Maritime Day Recognition, which will include a panel discussion on Challenges to the Future of River Transportation. The event is produced by The Waterways Journal, Inc.

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) 2018 Freight in the Southeast Conference will be hosted by the Missouri Department of Transportation at The Dome at America’s Center May 22 and May 23, bringing together representatives of Departments of Transportation from southeastern states. Sessions will explore the effects of commercial freight movements, with reference to infrastructure, transportation and safety. Attendees will get insight into some of the major trends shaping freight transportation systems throughout the southeastern United States, with popular sessions to include The Interrupted Supply Chain, Agriculture Trends for Transportation and Autonomous Trucks.

St. Louis Regional Freightway will co-present several sessions with ITTS, spotlighting the St. Louis region’s role in transportation innovation, with topics to include Hyperloop and the Road to Tomorrow, Container on Barge and St. Louis – A Leader in Agricultural Innovation and Distribution. The St. Louis Regional Freightway will also host its third annual Freight Summit Luncheon May 24 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, capping off the inaugural FreightWeek STL.  As the go-to source for marketing the St. Louis region’s freight assets to the world and for coordinating freight activity and infrastructure, the Freightway provides site selection and other assistance to manufacturing, logistics and multimodal transportation companies and their service providers. The Freight Summit Luncheon will feature an overview of the St. Louis Regional Freightway’s most recent accomplishments, including the global recognition garnered for the St. Louis region as the Ag Coast of America and the consensus built for multimodal transportation priorities through public-private partnerships.

“IMX 2018 promises guests a full tradeshow floor with 250 exhibit booths featuring a wealth of great products and services, both new and well known, along with full access to an extensive lineup of education sessions focused on commercial vessels, commercial facilities and business in general along our inland and intracoastal waterways,” said Nelson Spencer, Jr., President, The Waterways Journal.  “That it’s taking place as part of a broader event with additional offerings just adds to the reasons why this should be the must-attend conference of the year for anyone in the freight industry.”

Collectively through the three partners, FreightWeek STL will feature dozens of expert-led technical and educational sessions focused on a host of timely topics and initiatives within the freight industry. Offsite riverboat tours will showcase the St. Louis region’s freight assets in order to raise the region’s profile as a global freight hub and highlight the area’s ports, terminals and manufacturing and logistics industries; and exclusive networking events will provide opportunities for fostering relationships and new business opportunities.

“We are excited to offer a variety of sessions on some of the most relevant topics in the transportation industry through our conference,” said Bruce Lambert, ITTS Executive Director. “From the possibilities surrounding container on barge to the impact of autonomous trucks in the supply chain, attendees will get the latest information that will ensure they are prepared for the future of freight movement across our nation.”

To see a full schedule, click here. For detailed descriptions of each of the Education Sessions, click here. To learn more about FreightWeek STL, or register to attend, visit http://freightweekstl.thefreightway.com/.

The Waterways Journal, Inc., is a full-service media company that produces trade magazines, trade shows like IMX, directories, websites and related communications. It is a family owned business operating in St. Louis, Mo. since 1887. Through its division, Ripple Custom Media, it also produces consumer titles and provides custom publishing services. 

The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) is a multistate research institution formed to assist member states on understanding the relationship of transportation needs to international and commercial traffic.  ITTS is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in the State of Louisiana. Current membership consists of the State Departments of Transportation from the following States: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Virginia and West Virginia. ITTS’s mission focuses on providing research data and expert opinions to its Members concerning the effects of commercial freight movements on domestic and international activities, with reference to infrastructure and transportation needs and safety implications.   

The St. Louis Regional Freightway is a Bi-State Development enterprise formed to create a regional freight district and comprehensive authority for freight operations and opportunities within eight counties in Illinois and Missouri which comprise the St. Louis metropolitan area. Public sector and private industry businesses are partnering with the St. Louis Regional Freightway to establish the bi-state region as one of the premier multimodal freight hubs and distribution centers in the United States through marketing, public advocacy, and freight and infrastructure development.  To learn more, visit thefreightway.com.

 

Home Builders Association of St. Louis Student “Competition in a Box” Helps to Address Labor Shortage

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Chris Rousan and Jordan Ware from South Technical High School participated in the HBA’s Student Chapter’s “Competition in a Box” on April 28, 2018 at Payne Family Homes offices. Students from North Technical High School, South Technical High School and Four Rivers Career Center participated in this one-day event designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop and showcase skills needed in the home building industry. The competition was designed in a “trivia” format and involved questions about blueprints and construction methods.

“The HBA’s goal for the student chapter is to connect members with students to provide job shadowing, internships and opportunities after graduation. The hope is that this will create a pipeline of talent for the industry while providing high-paying jobs for graduates,” said Eva Fryar, chair of the HBA Professional Women in Building Council that oversees student chapter activities.

Atlas 46, DeWalt Tools, Home Depot and the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council sponsored prizes for the winners. Other sponsors included ABF Security (breakfast), Spire (lunch) and Associated Bank (beverages). Members of the HBA’s Professional Women in Building Council donated gift cards and items for participating students.

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

 

Midas Hospitality Partners with Nexgen Hotels

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Four Points Mt. Prospect recently opened at 2200 Elmhurst Rd. in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.  The 50,000-square-foot three-story hotel includes 93 rooms and features an onsite traditional American cuisine restaurant, fitness and business centers, and an indoor pool and spa.

Nexgen Hotels purchased the hotel for $5,150,000 and made renovations totaling $3,200,000 to convert the hotel into a Four Points by Sheraton.  Renovations included new guestrooms and bathrooms, an addition of a restaurant and bar, a fitness center expansion, new lobby, and exterior work.

Nexgen Hotels, a hotel development and management company, was the general contractor and developer.  The company is working for the first time with Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, which will manage the property.  This is the first Four Points brand hotel for both Nexgen Hotels and Midas Hospitality.

“We decided to develop the Four Points brand because we really liked the direction Starwood Hotels was taking,” said Nexgen Hotels’ Principal Chris Patel.  “Starwood’s Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program seems to be the brand millennial travelers are selecting, and we wanted to be associated with this demographic.”  Patel added that Starwood Hotels, which is now Marriott, “was great to work with, and we look forward to developing other products with them.”

“Nexgen Hotels has both a philosophy and standards of operation that complement our company’s vision,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “We are excited to begin this partnership with their organization, as well as work with the Four Points brand for the very first time.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 30 hotels in 11 states.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

Nexgen Hotels, which was founded in 2008, currently owns and operates six hotels for various brands, as well as numerous restaurants including Bar Louie and Wahlburgers. For more information, call 847-592-6218 or visit http://www.nexgenhotels.com

IMPACT Strategies Surpasses $500 Million in Construction Projects

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IMPACT Strategies recently celebrated 15 years in business. Founded by business partners Mark Hinrichs and Mike Christ, the firm now employs 36 people in offices in Fairview Heights, Illinois and downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

In its 15-year history, IMPACT Strategies has completed more than $500 million in local construction, with another $60 million projected for 2018. The firm’s most noteworthy projects include: Belleville Crossing, Belleville, IL – Cedarhurst of St. Charles, St. Charles, MO – Enclave, Edwardsville, IL – Fairview City Centre, Fairview Heights, IL.

In conjunction with this milestone anniversary, IMPACT Strategies is rebranding, implementing a redesigned logo, new tagline and corporate colors, and an updated website, expected to be complete in May. President Mark Hinrichs said, “Our new identity will better reflect IMPACT Strategies as a firm and help poise us for future growth as we move toward more innovative construction techniques.”

IMPACT Strategies provides innovative pre-construction management, construction management, design/build, and general contracting services for retail, commercial, healthcare, multi-family housing, and senior housing clients throughout the Midwest. Learn more at www.buildwithimpact.com

Metro Electric Supply Honored with Trade Ally of the Year Award and Most Outstanding Regional Electrical Distributor of the Year Award

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Metro Electric Supply, a locally-owned and family operated wholesale residential, commercial & industrial electrical distributor, received the Trade Ally of the Year Award and the Most Outstanding Regional Electrical Distributor of the Year Award at the 2018 Ameren Missouri BizSavers Program Trade Ally Network Awards.

As the Trade Ally of the Year, Metro was recognized as a top performer in the energy efficiency industry. The distinguished honor goes to the Trade Ally that has reached the pinnacle of performance by achieving the greatest energy savings of any Trade Ally company in 2017.

In addition to being award the Trade Ally of the Year, Metro Electric Supply was also honored with the Regional Electrical Distributor Award. This award is presented to a Trade Ally that sells a variety of electrical products and is located in the Midwest.

More information about the awards and Metro Electric Supply can be found in the release below. Please let me know if you would like to schedule an interview, have any questions or need additional information.

 

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