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Iron Workers and Contractors Annouce Paid Maternity Leave Benefit

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IMPACT Conference Attendees Cheer Announcement at the 2017 Conference 

The Iron Workers (IW) and the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT), announced a new paid maternity leave benefit at the 2017 Iron Workers/IMPACT Conference in San Diego yesterday. The organization is the first to introduce a generous paid maternity leave benefit in the building trades. It is a laudable move considering that the U.S. lags behind its European counterparts when it comes to paid maternity leave and most industries in the country do not offer adequate paid maternity leave. It’s virtually unheard of in the building trades.

The Iron Workers’ paid maternity leave includes 6 months of pre-delivery maximum benefit and 6 to 8 weeks of post-delivery benefit. Regardless of what was covered pre‐delivery, the ironworker member will be eligible for up to six weeks of paid leave after the birth of the child and two additional weeks for Cesarean deliveries. The challenges of physical work associated with the ironworking trade create unique health challenges that can jeopardize a pregnancy.

“I’m extremely excited about this policy and I think it’s going to help with retention of ironworker women and encourage them to build a career,” said Vicki O’Leary, an Ironworker rappresentative who made the announcement during a panel focused on the role of women ironworkers. “It’s one more step in achieving greater diversity in our trade.”

The announcement was well received by the ironworkers and contractors in attendance. “It’s a relief to know that female ironworkers don’t have to choose between work and family anymore,” said Blue Coble an ironworker woman from IW Local 75 in Phoenix.

“We are very proud to be the first to introduce a paid maternity program in the building trades,” said General President of the Iron Workers Eric Dean. “It’s about time we make our industry a level playing field for women and make diversity and inclusion a priority”.

“When we first started talking about it, I wasn’t sure how we’d pull it off and what it would cost, but we realized that it’s an investment because we want our well-trained ironworker women to come back to work,” said, CEO of Ben Hur Construction Co. and Co-Chair of IMPACT Bill Brown.

The IW became a trailbrazer in diversity and inclusion in the building trades with its announcement of the remarkable paid maternity leave.

The Iron Workers (IW) represents 130,000 ironworkers in North America who work in construction on bridges; structural steel; ornamental, architectural, and miscellaneous metals; rebar; and in shops.

Architecture Billings Index Rebounds Into Positive Territory

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Business conditions projected to solidify moving into the spring and summer


The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to growth mode in February, after a weak showing in January. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.7, up from a score of 49.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from a reading of 60.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index climbed from 52.1 to 54.7.


“The sluggish start to the year in architecture firm billings should give way to stronger design activity as the year progresses,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “New project inquiries have been very strong through the first two months of the year, and in February new design contracts at architecture firms posted their largest  monthly gain in over two years.”  


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SITE Improvement Association Awards $15,000 In 2017 College Scholarships To Six Local Students

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The SITE Improvement Association has awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to six deserving St. Louis area students seeking to start or further their college education in 2017. High school seniors and college students with a parent employed by one of the 180 SITE member companies are eligible for the $2,500 scholarships, which are based on students’ academic achievements, involvement in the community and financial need. SITE scholarships are made possible through voluntary contributions by SITE member companies and from the SITE Advancement Foundation. More than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 131 students since the program began 17 years ago.

“Our members recognize the importance an education provides to the future leaders of our industry, and we demonstrate that by offering the scholarship program,” said SITE Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “SITE has one of the longest, continuously running scholarship programs in the local construction industry.”

This year SITE awarded scholarships to the following students:

Dustin Burt
Adam Clay
Nick Horstmann
  • Dustin Burt, a senior as Francis Howell High School who plans to enroll at Missouri University of Science and Technology pursing an electrical and mechanical engineering degree;
  • Adam Clay, a junior at Westminster College in Fulton studying Finance and Economics;
  • Nick Horstmann, a senior at Lafayette High School who intends to enroll this fall at Murray State University in Kentucky to study graphic design;
    Zachary Marquart
    Layton Mosley

    Abagail Umfleet
  • Zachary Marquart, a freshman at Missouri University of Science and Technology pursuing a double major in civil and architectural engineering;
  • Layton Mosley, a senior at Fox C-6 High School in Arnold who plans to attend St. Louis Community College to study nuclear science; and
  • Abagail Umfleet, a senior at Valle Catholic High School in Ste. Genevieve who plans on attending Southeast Missouri State University and major in engineering.


SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 180 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members. SITE celebrated 50 years of continuous operation in 2016.  For more information, visit

Friendship Village To Expand; Kadean Awarded Building Project

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Kadean Construction extends senior living construction expertise

Kadean Construction has been tapped by Friendship Village, one of the region’s most comprehensive senior living communities, to manage and construct 12 new luxury villas in Friendship Village Sunset Hill’s Phase 1D expansion, it was announced today.

The expansion includes the construction of six, two-unit ranches within the development located on 52-acres at 12563 Village Circle Drive, Sunset Hills, in South St. Louis County.

The Sunset Hills community, which was started in 1978, provides a range of services from independent senior living in apartment homes and villas to Friendship Village’s 61-apartment Fountain View, which offers residential-style assisted living. Friendship Village also operates a sister community, Friendship Village Chesterfield.

The new units to be built by Kadean Construction are two- bedroom frame units ranging from 1,200 to 1900 sq. ft., with and without dens and finished basements. The $5 million expansion will be developed on Knighton Trail, a cul-de-sac on the northern side of the senior living community.

Each unit will start at $300,000, and will include Friendship Village’s Life Care benefit.

Construction is due to be completed by November 1, said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction, which has completed a variety of construction projects for many of the St. Louis region’s largest independent and assisted living communities.

“We’re looking forward to breaking ground and getting started,” Eveler said. “There’s a substantial demand for this type of development. So, with our strong track record in senior living communities and our dedication to quality workmanship, this will be a great project.”

Friendship Village Sunset Hills includes 385 existing apartments and villas and a variety of common areas, such as a new 27,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, dining venues, a new wellness gym, fitness center, swimming pool, media lounge, beauty shop, patio, practice putting green, chapel, water feature, and other amenities, said Terry Walsh, executive director, Friendship Village.

“For more than 40 years, we have set the standard for senior services in the greater St. Louis area,” Walsh said. “In this expansion, we will continue to provide the highest-quality care, amenities and senior services guided by Biblical values and supporting lifelong well-being.”

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

PGAV Destinations to Present at Zoo Design Conference in Poland

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Global Leaders in Exhibit Design Share Trends in Enrichment Design and Guest Experience

Stacey Ludlum

PGAV Destinations’ Director of Zoo & Aquarium Planning and Design Stacey Ludlum and Project Manager Mariusz Bleszynski will be presenting at this year’s Zoo Design Conference, held April 5 – 7 at the University of Wrocław in Poland.

Mariusz Bleszynski

Bringing together hundreds of experts and thought leaders from around the world, the three-day Zoo Design Conference will cover the latest trends and developments in zoo innovation and design. Organized by ZOO Wroclaw, ZooLex, and MCC Consulting LTD, the conference will incorporate numerous topics including animal enrichment, animal welfare, conservation promotion and design, the influence of culture and belief systems on zoos, project management, and energy and waste management. Case studies will explore success stories at Zoo Wroclaw, the Dublin Zoo, Reid Park Zoo, Highland Wildlife Park, Zoo Heidelberg, Erfurt Zoo, Prague Zoo, Chester Zoo, Zoo Zürich, and many more.

On Wednesday, April 5 at 2:10 p.m., Bleszynski will present, “Designing Built-in Animal Enrichments.” His session will review the variety of permanent and rotatable animal enrichment devices used around the world in a variety of zoo scales and settings, and an exploration of new concepts in research and development. Bleszynski will share ideas about how to engage animals’ five senses and their innate curiosity, as well as enrichment items that are either initiated by the keeper or animals within an exhibit habitat. The session will include current durability and maintenance challenges, and focus on the viewing capacity, safety, and functionality of training panels and

On Thursday, April 6 at 10:05 a.m., Ludlum will present, “Trends in Zoo Design: Balancing Wellness and Guest Experience.” Her session will explore zoos’ desire to bring enrichment to the forefront, a catalyst for zoo designers to develop habitats that enrich animals in full view of guests by designing the exhibits differently than traditional “natural” and immersive environments. This shift is occurring to link habitat design and enrichment in a deeper way, with the goal of enhancing guest experience and animal husbandry through creative physical environment design.

Registration for the Zoo Design Conference is open through March 26, 2017 on the conference website.

PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now entering its sixth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects.

Holland Construction Services Starts Construction Work on Fourth New Store at Hickory Point Mall in Decatur

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Holland Construction Services (Holland) recently started construction work for Accent Construction Services and CBL Properties on the new 22,000 square-foot T.J. Maxx tenant space at Hickory Point Mall in Decatur, Illinois.

This major renovation involves demolition work to the existing space currently occupied by Shoe Dept. Encore (which is moving to another location in the mall).  The $2 million project will include new walls and floors, and exterior work including a new entrance, lighting, sidewalks and landscaping.

Construction is scheduled for completion in July; the store plans to open later this year.

This is the sixth project Holland has worked on for Accent Construction Services and CBL Properties and the fourth project at Hickory Point Mall.

Most recently, Holland completed construction work for Accent and CBL on a new DXL tenant space located at South County Mall in St. Louis. This $541,000 project involved the reconfiguration of the existing Applebee’s into a DXL men’s store.  Construction was completed in February and the store is scheduled to open this May.

At Hickory Point Mall, Holland worked on tenant spaces for a new Ross Dress for Less and ULTA Beauty, both completed in 2014 and a new Hobby Lobby completed in 2015.

The first project Holland completed for Accent and CBL was the Kirkland’s in Fairview Heights in 2013.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project. 

The Value of Cost Estimating

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By Jessie Fetterling

Paul Whitson

Cost estimating can make or break a project — and ensures that no surprises will arise come bid day. Continuing to cost estimate throughout the construction process can further guarantee that projects stay on budget and that facility owners are given timely information about system life cycles.

School Construction News recently spoke with Paul Whitson, AIA, LEED GA, senior vice president and regional health care leader in HOK’s St. Louis office, to gain some insight on cost-estimating during the design and construction of major projects.

Q: How often do you use cost estimating while designing a project?


Whitson: Almost always. It’s essential in understanding how many square feet are needed for a project and how much it will cost. On a project for the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, we are using it in the early programming stages for the school’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center. We have teamed with a construction manager who will use cost estimating to accurately identify constructability issues and deliver the best outcomes for the school.

Q: How does the cost estimating process differ between specific project phases?

Whitson: Ideally, it should reduce costs from concept to the construction document phase. At the concept phase, more allowances are made in estimating for the unknown. But as project planning advances, refinements can be made as site issues and layout become better known. There are generally two big changes in project phases: when you move from unit-costing to systems-costing and when unforeseen contingency costs become clearer. In each case, as the unknown aspects peel away, the costs should go down. Essentially, the more that is known, the better for accurate cost estimating.

Q: How can cost estimating help facilities save money and stay within budget?

Whitson: [Cost estimating] can help in two ways. First, it is a great benefit in setting benchmarks to make the best use of capital on the project and keep it within budget. But it also provides valuable information for that next project, where it can be used to predict future costs for similar projects or an added phase. We use technology like Revit and BIM to model systems early in the project. The model gives team members a better understanding of how all facets of the project fit together and overcomes conflicts to avoid having to make costly changes later on in the project.

Q: How can cost estimating help in the maintenance/operations of the building once a construction project is completed?

Whitson: That’s part of the system costs, and in general proceeds with the understanding of the first cost versus the operating costs over the life of the project. There may be cheaper HVAC systems, but their cost must be viewed over the long term. A more expensive system can provide greater value in efficiency and energy conservation over the life of the system.

HSA Commercial Executes 213,558 SF Lease with XPO Logistics Supply Chain, Inc. at Park 370 in St. Louis

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Chicago-based HSA Commercial Real Estate today announced that XPO Logistics Supply Chain, Inc. (NYSE:XPO) has leased the entire 213,558-square-foot distribution facility at 1619 Park 370 Blvd., an HSA Commercial development in Hazelwood, Mo., a northwest suburb of St. Louis. XPO Logistics is scheduled to take occupancy in April after an interior build-out is completed.

“To have a company as big and reputable as XPO Logistics select Park 370 for its new facility in the St. Louis market really speaks volumes about the strategic value of the location and the quality of the development,” said Robert Smietana, vice chairman and CEO of HSA Commercial. “We are thrilled to have XPO Logistics as our new tenant at Park 370, and we look forward to having them up and running in the next few weeks.”

XPO Logistics is one of the top global logistics and transportation service providers with 1,425 locations and 87,000 employees around the world. The company leverages its expertise in information technology to provide world-class supply chain solutions, handling an average of 150,000 shipments per day for the firm’s clients.

HSA Commercial Real Estate developed 1619 Park 370 Blvd. and an adjacent 340,000-square-foot distribution center after purchasing the 30-acre land site from TRiSTAR Properties in 2001. Both facilities are part of the 450-acre Park 370 development situated near the St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Jeffrey Hawley and Brandon Duncan of Block Real Estate Services represented ownership in the lease transaction, and Katie Haywood and Jonathan Hinds of CBRE represented XPO Logistics. 

Founded in 1981, Chicago-based HSA Commercial Real Estate is a diversified, full-service real estate firm specializing in office, industrial, retail and health care real estate leasing, management, marketing, development and financing on a national basis.

Photo above:

HSA Commercial Real Estate has leased the entire 213,558-square-foot distribution facility at 1619 Park 370 Blvd. in Hazelwood, Mo., to XPO Logistics Supply Chain, Inc. Photo courtesy of CoStar.

Construction Employers Group Hails Specialty Trades’ Role In Job Growth

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With the February jobs report that came out earlier this month showing more encouraging signs of growth, the Construction Employers of America highlighted the strength in the performance of the construction industry, particularly that of the specialty trades.

Of the 235,000 jobs created in February, 25 percent were in the construction industry, the group said. It added that the specialty construction trades drove the increase in construction employment, accounting for over 62 percent of the job growth in the construction industry.

“The specialty construction sector continues to demonstrate the vital role it plays in America’s economic resurgence and is, once again, leading employment gains in the construction industry,” Jack Jacobson, spokesperson for the Construction Employers of America, said in a press release. “The skilled, blue collar jobs created in the specialty construction industry are exactly what’s needed to spur sustained economic growth across the country.”

CEA is a coalition of five premier national construction specialty contracting associations, including the National Electrical Contractors Association (a charter member), working together to raise awareness among policymakers, opinion leaders, and the general public, about the value of high-quality American construction. It engages on national, state, and local public policy initiatives to strengthen the domestic construction industry and provide opportunities for top-quality construction workers to earn the skills they need to command high wages.

Over the past twelve months, construction employment overall has grown by 3.3 percent, putting 219,000 construction employees to work. Nationally, construction employment now accounts for 6.88 million jobs, 4.4 million of which are in specialty trade construction. Specialty trade contractors have added 165,600 jobs in the past twelve months (seasonally adjusted), a healthy growth rate given the low level of unemployment nationally.

NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA’s national office in Bethesda, Md., four regional offices, and 119 local chapters across the country support the electrical contracting industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. Visit for more information.

Maryland Heights Agrees To Negotiate Potential Financial Support For Proposed Multi-Purpose Ice Sports Complex In Creve Coeur Park

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The City of Maryland Heights has agreed to enter into negotiations with the St. Louis Ice Legacy Foundation to provide potential financial support for the Foundation’s proposed multi-purpose indoor/outdoor ice sports complex to be built near the intersection of Marine Avenue and the Maryland Heights Expressway.  The facility would provide a new practice home for the St. Louis Blues, as well as a practice, competition and event destination for a wide variety of ice sports.  It could also provide special recreational opportunities for residents of the City, as well as a potential venue for City sponsored special events throughout the year.

The Foundation is seeking financial support from the City to cover site preparations for the complex, including construction and installation of parking lots, trail and walkway extensions, utility improvements, road improvements and other infrastructure.  In exchange, the City is being offered programming opportunities through the Foundation and a variety of sponsorships with a potential United States Hockey League (USHL) team and the St. Louis Blues that will be negotiated in separate agreements in the near future.

No firm dollar figure has been committed by the City. A final vote on the City’s proposed contribution will be made by the City Council later this spring.

“This potential project offers residents a greater variety of recreation opportunities,” said Jim Krischke, City Administrator of Maryland Heights.  “It also fits in very well with the City’s vision of a regional sports, entertainment, hospitality and specialty retail destination in the surrounding Maryland Park Lake District.”

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