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Construction Industry Best Practices

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The Best Practices Awards program provides unique awards which recognize achievement with implementation of construction industry Best Practices that have been validated by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) to provide improvements in cost and schedule.  There are currently 17 Best Practices which have been validated.

Nominations are due by January 29, 2018 to St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, 180 Weidman Road, Suite 127, Manchester, MO  63021.  Winners will be announced at the  Annual Awards Gala on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Submission Requirements

  • Executive Summary – One page summary of the project outlining the project and the Best Practices implemented and quantified results (i.e. 200 – 300 words).
  • Participating Organizations – List of organizations (with key contact information) contributing significantly to the project’s success.
  • Detailed Description – Identify Best Practices implemented (no more than 2) which had the most positive impact on your project.
  • For each Best Practice, respond to the specific questions associated with the Best Practice.
  • Metrics – Provide quantifiable results of improvement based on best practice implementation in cost, schedule, quality, and / or safety.

Submissions may be made electronically in 8 ½” x 11″ in  PDF format to a Dropbox site by Monday, January 29, 2018. If you plan to submit, please contact SLCCC for account access by January 22:

ATTN:  Bev Flowers  – — 636-394-6200

St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers

180 Weidman Road, Suite 127

Manchester, MO 63021-5724

Awards will be made to owners, contractors, design professionals or other industry organizations for projects implementing Best Practices and demonstrating quantifiable results.  Projects should have been substantially completed in 2017.  Implementation should be for projects in either of two areas:

  • Project in the St. Louis region (MO – IL)
  • Project outside the region by SLCCC member

Evaluation criteria will be based on the Self-Assessment Guide in Publication IR 166-3 from the Construction Industry Institute (CII) “CII Best Practices Guide: Improving Project Performance.”  CII resources are available through:

At least one of the project nominees must be a member of the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.  Nominations are due by January 29, 2018 and winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Gala.

Nominations Due Mon.  1/29/18

Deliver to:

St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC)

180 Weidman Road, Suite 127

Manchester, MO  63021

To submit via DropBox

Contact Bev Flowers — for access



Briner Electric Co. Advancing Modernization of St. Louis County Library Branches

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Briner Will Complete Three Branch UpgradesIn 2018 for a Total of 16 in the Improvements Program

Briner Electric Co. and its IBEW Local 1 workforce will complete electrical improvements to three St. Louis County Library branches in 2018.  That will bring the total number of library upgrades by Briner and IBEW to 16 branches since 2014.  Briner is a member of the Electrical Connection a partnership of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The three projects slated for completion in 2018 include:

  • The Grand Glaize Branch at 1010 Meramec Station Rd in Manchester Mo., which is undergoing a full building renovation with an addition;
  • The Mid-County Branch replacement at 7821 Maryland Ave. in Clayton, Mo. that includes a parking garage under the new library; and
  • A replacement library for the Thornhill Branch at 12863 Willowyck Drive near Maryland Heights, Mo.

Briner and IBEW have completed work on the Grant View, Weber Road, Jamestown Bluffs, Indian Trails, Rock Road, Samuel Sachs, Cliff Cave, Prairie Commons, Natural Bridge, Oak Bend, Bridgeton Trails, Florissant Valley, and Daniel Boone branches.  The projects have entailed a wide variety of complexities including electrical, fire alarm, decorative and energy efficient lighting, generators for emergency lighting, and technology improvements for new and renovated branches.

The projects are part of a multi-year capital improvement campaign called Your Library Renewed. In 2012, voters approved a $.06 tax increase to fund new facilities and upgrades to existing structures, as well as enhanced library programs and services. More information on all of the library improvements including images can be found at

Founded in 1895, Briner is the second oldest NECA-member contractor in the country.  Visit its web site at

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visit


IWR North America and RSS Roofing Services & Solutions Receive Awards for St. Louis Projects

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Two subsidiaries of MHS Legacy Group recognized for specialty contractor work by BEC of St. Louis

Both building enclosure specialty contractor IWR North America and commercial roofing contractor RSS Roofing Services & Services were presented with multiple 2017 Project Awards for outstanding building enclosure projects in the St. Louis area. IWR accepted the Exterior Cladding Award for its work on SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital West, and the Overall Project of the Year Award for its work on a confidential corporate technology building. RSS accepted the Roofing Award for its work on the BJC North Tower.

IWR North America was the enclosure subcontractor on the SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital West

project, a vertical expansion of an existing, occupied hospital. The project consisted of approximately 37,000 square feet of unitized stud panels with AVB applied in a shop environment, 23,000 square feet of custom united curtain wall, and 37,000 square feet of multiple rainscreen cladding system.

The IWR team also received recognition in the Overall Project of the Year category as an Enclosure Specialty Contractor for their involvement on a confidential corporate technology building. The enclosure of this facility included multiple exterior wall-types installed by IWR, of which were thoroughly coordinated to tie into the façade system containing a ventilated cavity wall to prevent air and water infiltration. Maintaining the continuity of the exterior wall assemblies required the opaque wall systems to seamlessly tie into the glazed openings.

“We’re very proud to receive these great honors as they were based on project size and complexity, design challenges, installation challenges, schedule and quality,” said Todd Staley, general manager of IWR North America. “Our fellow MHS subsidiary company RSS also received recognition for their exemplary work at BJC.”

The BJC North Tower is one of three buildings involved in BJC’s decade-long campus renewal project. The roof is 78,800 square feet and contains 23 roof levels. Sections of the roof applications include standard TPO roof installations accented with garden roof areas that contain 458 yards of growth media.

“Our nationally recognized team is humbled to accept this award as they take great pride in their work,” said Joe Lauberth, general manager of RSS St. Louis.

Both IWR and RSS were awarded this recognition at the BEC of St. Louis’ annual holiday party held earlier this month. For more information on the Building Enclosure Council of St. Louis’ 2017 Project Awards, visit 

IWR North America, formerly IWR Building Systems, is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. IWR is one of the longest-standing specialty contractors in the United States that focuses on being a true building enclosure partner. For more information and to view projects, please contact Preconstruction Manager Mike Smalley at or call 314-633-4919.

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

$2 Million Renovation by Drury Development Corp. for Witte Hardware Building

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Developers aim to preserve and enhance many of the original architectural details in what is said to be the strongest building of its kind in St. Louis

The historic Witte Hardware Building – located at 707 N. Second Street on Laclede’s Landing – is undergoing a $2 million renovation by Creve Coeur-based Drury Development Corporation. The improvements aim to meet the evolving needs of the existing tenants, while also attracting others who will appreciate the renovated building’s blend of historic details and modern conveniences, along with its exceptional location in St. Louis City’s oldest district and only riverfront entertainment/dining destination.

The historic building was originally a warehouse distribution facility for Witte Hardware, an exclusive wholesale hardware business that operated on The Landing from 1849 to 1975. It served that purpose for 73 years, before being converted into office and restaurant space. The office space in the building is serving as home to a variety of tenants in the fields of financial services, engineering, marketing, logistics and technology. Opportunities abound for growing companies with over 25,000 square feet of office space available, including the entire 6th floor. The ground floor, former home to the popular Hannegan’s Restaurant, has been set aside for a new restaurant concept or two with a smaller footprint more consistent with today’s dining experience. Renovations to the 80,000-square-foot building began in September 2017, and the first phase of renovations is scheduled to be completed by spring 2018.

Renovations in progress include a complete makeover of the main common areas, including new key card entrances, tiled lobby area, modernization of the elevators, upgraded conference rooms and new restrooms, as well as new carpet and furnishings in the common areas to foster collaboration for individuals working in the office spaces. A new dock and tenant entry directly from the dedicated, attended parking lot at the rear of the office building will feature a full glass storefront entry, new canopy, and enhanced lighting. The second phase of renovations will be focused on reducing the energy footprint of the building, with new energy-efficient roof-top HVAC units, all new digital VAV boxes, and all new LED lighting throughout the building.

“We believe that this project is helping return Laclede’s Landing to the vibrant live-work-play neighborhood it once was, while providing people the opportunity to work in a truly one-of-a-kind historic structure,” said Tom Milford, Drury Development Corporation.

Built in 1902 of timber, bricks and cement, The Witte Building is said to be the strongest building of its kind in St. Louis. Recognizing the particular appeal of the building’s history, during the renovation, many of the original architectural details are being preserved and enhanced, including:

  • The building’s original, massive, 16-inch-wide cedar timber columns
  • The six-story atrium that allows for natural light on every floor of the building
  • Exposed timber in all the office spaces
  • Restored trademark signage on the south side of the building.  (The “Witte IXL Square” trade-mark was placed on only high quality hardware and was an indicator the product was backed with a guarantee of satisfaction.)
  • Ornate doors with leaded glass that provide a dramatic backdrop for the office spaces on the west side of the building
  • Two original locking vaults, another spot inside the building where the distinctive Witte trademark logo is present

“We’re excited to see the thoughtful transformation taking place in the Witte Building and believe it will be a great location for businesses to grow and flourish,” noted John Clark, president of Laclede’s Landing Community Improvement District. “This project is the latest in a series of exciting developments underway on The Landing and it helps to reinforce that this district is the full package, featuring not only amazing dining and entertainment venues, but also affordable, modern and convenient office space just steps from the river and iconic Gateway Arch. With the dramatic renovations to the Arch Grounds complete and now more easily accessible from The Landing, and the new museum set to open by summer of 2018, we fully anticipate this section of the St. Louis riverfront is going to be THE place to be.”

Laclede’s Landing is downtown St. Louis’ oldest district and only riverfront entertainment/dining destination. The nine-block area features unique restaurants, bars, and nightclubs as well as a variety of retail shops, attractions, and businesses. Just steps away from the Gateway Arch, Laclede’s Landing offers a historical experience with charming cobblestone streets and century-old buildings overlooking the mighty Mississippi River.

Graybar Announces Organizational Changes

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Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, recently announced several leadership changes.

  • Jon N. Reed has announced his retirement from Graybar, effective April 1, 2018. Reed currently serves as Vice President – Treasurer, a position he has held for the past 17 years. Reed has almost 38 years of service with Graybar.
  • Timothy E. Carpenter has been appointed Vice President – Treasurer, effective April 1, 2018. Carpenter is currently Assistant Treasurer, a position he has held since 2005. He has nearly 30 years of service with Graybar.
  • Dale R. Sheff has been named Vice President – Pricing and Profitability, effective Jan. 29, 2018. Sheff has served as Graybar’s Controller since 2013 and has 24 years of experience with the company.
  • Timothy M. Probst has been named Vice, President – Controller, effective Jan. 29, 2018. Probst has an extensive background in public accounting and a proven track record of leadership. Most recently, he worked for Scottrade Financial Services as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer.

“We thank Jon Reed for his remarkable contributions to our business during his nearly 38-year career with Graybar. He is one of our most respected leaders, and we wish him all the best in his upcoming retirement,” said Graybar’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Randy Harwood. “We are also excited about the appointments of Dale Sheff, Tim Carpenter and Tim Probst. Each individual has the business acumen and leadership that are vital to success in their respective roles. I am confident they will help drive Graybar’s growth and innovation for years to come.”

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of 290 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

Regional Leaders Break Ground on Metro Landing of Swansea

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New Development Provides Transportation Options and Independence for Older Adults

SWIDA, Bywater Development Group and Bi-State Development recently broke ground on the $10.9 million Metro Landing of Swansea, a development that will introduce senior apartment living immediately adjacent to the Swansea MetroLink Station in Swansea, Ill. The transit-oriented development (TOD) project will feature a handsome three-story building with 62 affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments for older adults seeking an independent lifestyle. With convenient access to MetroLink and the MetroBikeLink trail, residents will be able to easily reach restaurants, retail, entertainment venues, recreational locations, employment centers and medical facilities throughout the bi-state region. The groundbreaking ceremony event featured brief remarks, light refreshments and shovels in the dirt” to mark the official start of construction.


James Nations, chairman of the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA);

Mike Lundy, executive director of SWIDA;

John Nations, president and chief executive officer of Bi-State Development;

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin;

Illinois State Senator James Clayborne;

Illinois State Representative Jay Hoffman;

Swansea Mayor Mike Leopold;

Mary Kane, board member for the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), and

other stakeholders and guests.


Groundbreaking for Metro Landing of Swansea, a transit-oriented senior housing development adjacent to the Swansea MetroLink Station


Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at 9:30 am


Swansea MetroLink Station

236 Metro Way

Swansea, IL 62226

Photo Above: Various partners and stakeholders take part in the official groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction for Metro Landing of Swansea. Pictured from left to right are: Aaron Burnett, principal, Bywater Development; John Nations, president and CEO of Bi-State Development; David Dodson, principal, Bywater Development; Illinois State Senator James Clayborne; James Nations, chairman of the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA); Illinois State Representative Jay Hoffman; Swansea Mayor Mike Leopold; Mary Kane, board member for the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA); John Langa, vice president of economic development for Bi-State Development, and Mike Lundy, executive director of SWIDA.

Architectural Educational Lunch

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3D Visualization Tools For Documenting Masonry

Featuring: Michael Schuller, Atkinson-Noland & Associates

Photogrammetry and laser scanning can capture surface conditions of existing construction in great detail and current computing power is leading to their mainstream usage. Resulting surface models are used for documenting and visualizing conditions, modeling software input, and to provide models for stone fabricators tasked with carving replacement pieces. This presentation provides an overview of photogrammetry and laser scanning illustrated by project examples, along with data capturing recommendations for developing accurate models.

Sponsored by: Earthworks,

To register, call 314-645-5888.

No charge to attend. Lunch provided.

Vegetarian meals available upon request.

CREW-St. Louis Appoints 2018 Officers & Directors

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) announced its executive officers and board directors for 2018.

CREW-St. Louis officers for 2018, including their respective companies, are:

President, Lynn Goessling, Herzog Crebs LLP

President-Elect and National Delegate, Michelle Yates, Lawrence Group

Immediate Past President, Angie Earlywine, Forum Studio

Secretary, Stacey Hudson, Professional Office Environments

Treasurer, Carol Hanson, Great Southern Bank

National Delegate, Tracy Howren, UMB Bank

Board directors for 2018, and their respective companies, are:

Natasha Das, Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Sharon Henderson, Lawrence Group

Kristy Hess, Enterprise Bank & Trust

Karen Karwoski, Simmons Bank

Amy Mistler, Spencer Fane LLP

Ann Schmelzle, Balke Brown Transwestern

Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017, 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.

William Wagner Named AGC of Missouri Board Chairman

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S.M. Wilson & Co. Vice President to Lead Statewide Association in 2018 

William (Bill) Wagner, vice president for S.M. Wilson & Co., has been elected the chairman of the board of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGC) for 2018.

Wagner has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry. He joined S.M. Wilson in 2001 as vice president and is responsible for overseeing the company’s healthcare and senior care market sectors.  Throughout his career, Bill has been involved in $1.2 billion of healthcare construction and has added tremendous value to S. M. Wilson’s healthcare market. In addition to serving on the AGC Executive Board of Directors, most recently as chair elect, he also serves on the board of directors of the Enterprise Bank and Trust Advisory Board, and on the Southeast Missouri State University Polytechnic Studies Advisory Committee Meeting Advisory Board.

Other officers of the AGC for 2018 are: chair elect of the board– Chip Jones, Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.; vice chair of the board – Becky Spurgeon, Interface Construction Corporation; and secretary-treasurer – Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.; heavy/highway/infrastructure division chair – Bryan Wilkerson, Clarkson Construction Company; building division chair – John Doerr, Tarlton Corporation; heavy/highway/infrastructure division vice chair – Don Rosenbarger, Delta Companies; and building division vice chair, D.J. Simmons, ACME Constructors, Inc.

Serving on the board representing contractor members are:  Eddie Welsh, Capital Paving and Construction, LLC; Paul Ideker, Ideker, Inc.; and Greg Hesser, Alberici Constructors, Inc. Serving on the board representing the AGC’s specialty contractors are:  Glen Pohl, ACME Erectors, Inc.; and Steve Schrimpf, Schrimpf Landscaping, Inc.  Serving on the board representing the AGC’s supplier/service providers are Ashlee Peno, Special Inspections & Design, LLC; and Jay Pearson, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.

The ex-officio board members representing the Construction Leadership Council and Young Executives Club for 2018 are Oliver Coulson of Tarlton Corporation and Jeremy Bexten of Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., respectively.

Existing board members who will continue serving in 2018 include:   Joe Ritz, Comanche Construction; Sean Thouvenout, Branco Enterprises, Inc.; Michael Kennedy Jr., KAI Design & Build; and Ed Twehous, Twehous Excavating Co., Inc., immediate past chair.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

McClure Engineering Celebrates 65th Anniversary

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This year marks McClure Engineering’s 65th anniversary.  The firm was started in January 1953 by Charles J.R. McClure when he and his wife began working out of their home in Kirkwood, Missouri. The first project was a small engineering consultation for the Alton Bank and Trust company in Alton, Illinois.  By 1955, the firm had grown to four employees, focusing on HVAC and plumbing. The jobs during the first five years of the company were predominantly schools, churches and generally anything else that would generate revenue for the tiny firm trying to gain a foothold and reputation in the St. Louis engineering marketplace.

Today, the firm employs over 80 people and is located in the historic Cupples 1 building in the heart of downtown St. Louis. Over the years, they have developed extensive experience in the analysis, testing, evaluation, design and inspection of mechanical and electrical systems producing uniquely superior solutions for building facility engineering problems.

While they have grown in size, their commitment to their clients remains the same. They wish to thank all of their patrons for 65 years!

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