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Tarlton Serves as Construction Manager for Bryan Hall Renovation at Washington University in St. Louis

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Bryan Hall Int.Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, is serving as construction manager on the 59,000-square-foot renovation of Bryan Hall on the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Tarlton team is transforming Bryan Hall, dedicated in 1970, into a world-class facility consisting of high-end laboratory and teaching spaces for the Department of Chemistry in Arts & Sciences. The renovation will add more than 25,000 square feet of space for chemistry research, with additional spaces for existing research groups. On the first and second floors, the building’s vibration-sensitive design supports instrument-based chemistry. The third floor will eventually house radio/nuclear chemistry research laboratories, with the fourth and fifth floors home to fume hood-intensive synthetic laboratories as well as additional space for instrumentation-based chemistry.

Tarlton’s renovation of Bryan Hall began in May 2016 and will continue through to scheduled completion in December 2017, with occupancy of the building planned for spring 2018. Ayers Saint Gross is the project architect. Bryan Hall previously served as classroom and meeting spaces for the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

The renovation includes the reconstruction of the existing elevated span between Bryan Hall and chemistry facilities in McMillan Hall, allowing for office space, meeting space and better flow between the two buildings. The span is a connecting space but also serves as a critical gateway for students and visitors to access the inner portion of the campus. In addition, a new penthouse will house mechanical equipment to serve Bryan Hall. The equipment will serve an integral role in providing chilled water for the campus water loop. Work also includes the removal of the north face of Bryan Hall, the first of several buildings on the north end of the Danforth campus to receive a new facade as part of a multi-phase plan. The modern glass and a terracotta skin sunscreen system is designed to dramatically enhance the building’s appearance.

A separate project is the demolition and replacement of the pedestrian bridge that crosses Forest Park Parkway, to be replaced with one that offers a wider corridor with separate bike and pedestrian paths. Work on the pedestrian bridge began in summer 2016 and will be completed next summer.

The renovation is part of “Driving Discovery,” Washington University’s multiphase initiative that will create new research and teaching facilities for the sciences on the north end of the Danforth campus.

“Driving Discovery will create an ecosystem – an interconnected community of scientists and students working in state-of-the-art facilities – that fosters innovation and collaboration,” said Barbara A. Schaal, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and the Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biology in Arts & Sciences.

“We’re delighted to lead the construction team on the Bryan Hall renovation,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “The project builds on our successful relationship with Washington University and adds to our long-standing body of work on the campus.” The Tarlton team for the renovation  includes Matthew Pfund, project executive; Sondra Rotty, senior project manager; Andrew Nelch, project manager; Nick Eshelman and Josh Narup, project engineers; and Eric Nichols, project superintendent.

Significant Tarlton construction projects for Washington University include the $90 million LEED Gold Olin Business School expansion of Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, which garnered a national 2015 Alliant Build America Award; Simon Hall renovations, a finalist for a 2016 Construction Keystone Award from the Associated General Contractors of Missouri; a LEED Gold addition to McMillan Hall; Anheuser-Busch Law Building renovations; Seigle Hall; the Knight Executive Education Center; Koenig and Liggett residence halls; and the Earth & Planetary Sciences Building, the first LEED Certified project in St. Louis.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the life science, higher education, health care, commercial, power and industrial markets.

In Memoriam William R. Montgomery

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William R. Montgomery
William R. Montgomery

February 28, 1930 – October 14, 2016

The AGC of Missouri recently noted the passing of one of its past presidents and offered its condolences to the family of William R. Montgomery.  Mr. Montgomery was President of the former AGC of St. Louis in 1992 and was truly dedicated to the construction industry and the AGC.

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Arcturis Receives Three Awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society

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Arcturis is pleased to announce three of their projects have received awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), whose mission combines lighting knowledge with practical application for the general public.

The IES Illumination Awards provide a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design. Arcturis was bestowed two Guth Awards for Interior Lighting Design and an Energy and Environmental Design Award.

Spire offices receive Edwin F. Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design

Arcturis’s Brian Waite was the lead lighting designer for Spire’s new offices at 700 Market Street, which won the Guth Award. The award recognizes exceptional interior lighting projects that balance the functional illumination of space with the artistic application of light to enhance the occupant’s experience.

Waite’s approach to designing the lighting at the iconic building in downtown St. Louis followed architect Philip Johnson’s minimalist, modern style

“The Laclede Group’s building was a 130,000 square foot office renovation and required an understated approach to lighting. Inspiration came from the building’s original design and the client’s vision of a clean, classic, and timeless space,” Waite said.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its square shape is bisected into two three-story triangles, which center on a circular rotunda. Following Johnson’s original approach, flat lensed 2×2 LED fixtures were selected for the split square volume with round fixtures placed throughout the circular volume.

Because the client is a utility company, energy reduction was a major project goal. Strategies to conserve energy include efficient fixtures that reduce power use by 41.83%, occupancy-sensing fixtures in lower-traffic spaces, and extensive use of natural daylight.

Guth Award for CIC @ CET

Arcturis’s CIC@CET project also won a Guth Award. This science and technology incubator space provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop new technologies. Designers Eva Krueger and Chrissy Rogers created a collaborative and inspiring concept to support tenants’ work.

“Careful consideration was given to making sure every aspect of the building is dynamic – from the round pendants that dangle over the circular lounge reception area to the linear direct pendants that highlight the custom triangular ceiling,” said Rogers.

Energy and Environmental Design Award for a financial services office project

IES awarded an Energy and Environmental Design Award to financial services office project that was completed as a partnership between Arcturis and William Tao & Associates.

Designers were challenged to meet or exceed the company’s corporate energy reduction initiative within the 90,000 square foot space. The team investigated the impact of upgrading from standard T5 recessed linear lighting to LEDs as part of their work.

“After multiple studies and mock ups, the team decided to go with LEDs for energy savings, maintenance and dimability. When combined with a digital control system, the client’s return on investment is 15%,” Waite said.

Arcturis is a national design firm based in St. Louis that specializes in planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, and workspace optimization.

Burns & McDonnell Awarded Commissioning Services Contract for New NGA Campus

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Burns & McDonnell has been awarded a $9.5 million indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for commissioning services to be provided during the programming, design and construction of a new NGA replacement campus in North St. Louis. The contract covers all of the project through design, construction and transition phases of the Next NGA West (N2W) campus.

The commissioning program is already underway in support of preliminary engineering design of facilities on the new 99-acre campus. Commissioning activities over the duration of the contract will support programming, planning, design, construction and operation of N2W facilities.

Commissioning is increasingly recognized as a critical step in the programming, design and construction of highly complex facilities because of the potential of reducing maintenance and operating costs, extending lifetimes of systems and equipment and ensuring comfortable and productive environments for building occupants. Commissioning professionals are now commonly engaged during early-phase project design as a strategy to better manage project budgets and reduce project risk.

“We are honored to be a part of a project that is so important to the city of St. Louis and to our national security,” says David Meyers, Manager of Commissioning for Burns & McDonnell. “These facilities will have some of the most complex systems ever constructed so commissioning will play a key role in getting this unprecedented program turned over to the NGA.”

The North St. Louis site was selected in early 2016. The NGA has been located in St. Louis since 1942. But the current campus could no longer support the NGA’s rapidly evolving mission as both an intelligence and combat support agency. The NGA fulfills many national security priorities in partnership with the intelligence community and Department of Defense.

Burns & McDonnell is a company made up of more than 5,300 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. 

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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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.

Ben Moore joins Integrated Facility Services (IFS) 

Ben Moore
Ben Moore

Ben Moore of Wildwood has joined Integrated Facility Services (IFS) as Commercial Account Representative. Moore is responsible for tenant finishes on IFS projects. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 240 professional and trade employees.

New Hires at Hastings+Chivetta Architects

Alyssa Jackson
Alyssa Jackson

Alyssa Jackson, NCIDQ, has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as an Interior Designer. In her role, Alyssa works with Project Managers, Architects and Construction Administrators in selecting furniture, materials and finishes for projects. She also creates presentation boards for client meetings and provides construction documentation and specification review services. Alyssa is currently working on the interiors for Missouri State University’s Taylor Health and Wellness Center and Oberlin College’s Health and Wellness Center.

Alyssa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL.

Lisa Moon
Lisa Moon

Lisa Moon has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Project Accountant. In her role, she will provide project financial analysis, billing and general accounting services for the firm.

Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in Merchandising and Business from Illinois State University in 1998 and she is currently pursuing an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

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

October 14, 2016

HOK Adds Architect, Accountant 

Ken Kuhn
Ken Kuhn

Ken Kuhn has joined HOK in St. Louis as a project accountant. In his new role, Kuhn will work with project teams to analyze project cost reports and review project status for profitability and invoicing.

Prior to joining HOK, Kuhn was a billing manager at Husch Blackwell in St. Louis, with previous experience at ConAgra Foods. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Martha Martinko
Martha Martinko

Martha Martinko, AIA, NCARB, has joined HOK in St. Louis as an architect. She will join the team working on the design of a mixed-use and residential high-rise development in Kansas City.

Prior to joining HOK, Martinko worked as an architect at Oates Associates in Collinsville, Illinois, with previous experience at Image Architects and Eggemeyer Associates Architects. She earned her Master of Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

Kaintz Joins Tarlton Corp.

Christopher Kaintz
Christopher Kaintz

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Christopher Kaintz, LEED AP BD+C, as a project manager.

Kaintz has more than nine years of industry experience including procurement, value engineering, contract administration, on-site management and financial closeout for numerous high profile, multi-million dollar projects. With his previous employer Turner Construction Co., Kaintz managed renovation projects in Chicago including The Franklin lobby, 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory) and the Merchandise Mart 14th Floor showrooms. He also was responsible for the Kraft Foods Group Inc. campus renovation in Northfield, Ill., and for several projects at the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago.

With Tarlton, he is serving on teams managing work for the U.S. General Services Administration in the Robert A. Young Federal Building and at 4260 Forest Park Ave. for the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis’ Central West End.

Kaintz became a LEED AP® in 2008, a designation granted by the U.S. Green Building Council® upon completion of rigorous study and participation in green building projects. He earned the Building Design + Construction specialty in 2011. Kaintz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

Flooring Industry Council of St. Louis Elects New Officers

Tim Schoolfield, owner, Country Side Carpets, O’Fallon, MO, has been re-elected president of the Flooring Industry Council of St. Louis for 2016-2017.

Re-elected as officers were Brian McGee, vice president, and C.J. Kuldell, treasurer.  Dave Zickel was added to the board and elected secretary.  Keith Throm was re-elected as an associate director.

AGC Celebrates BuildMO Week

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The AGC of Missouri kicked off BuildMO Week at PARIC’s 212 S. Meramec job site in Clayton on Monday. BuildMO Week celebrates the construction industry in Missouri. Additional events were held in Jefferson City and Springfield on October 11, and at the Construction Training Center in St. Louis on October 14.

Leonard Toenjes, president, AGC of Missouri, said 212 S. Meramec is a symbol of what construction means to the Missouri economy. By the time it is complete, it will have provided 250,000 hours of construction employment to area workers.

The 212 S. Meramec project is 382,666-square-foot, 26-story post-tension concrete high-rise building. When complete, it will be the largest multi-family, mixed-used building in Clayton. The $60 million tower will host retail space, a parking garage, 250 luxury apartments spread across the top 20 stories of the building, and a roof-top swimming pool.

Construction on the high-rise building began in October 2015, and completion is expected in June 2017.  During BuildMO Week, workers were pouring the 17th floor of the structure. Keith Wolkoff, president of PARIC, said that as of September 30, 2016, the 212 S. Meramec project had logged a total of 92,453 hours of work by laborers, carpenters, operators, ironworkers, electricians, sheet metal workers, plumbers, pipefitters, cement masons, sprinkler fitters, glaziers, tapers and roofers.

Keith Wolkoff
Keith Wolkoff

“Three years ago, the developer challenged us and our partners to deliver a best in class, mixed-use building with great amenities and a harmony of great design and marketability,” Wolkoff said. “We are very proud of the technology and innovation we’ve applied to this project to reach that goal, including BIM 3-D modeling to remove waste and robotic layout to eliminate re-work,” he said. “We brought BASF in as a consultant to develop a specialty concrete mix not used in St. Louis before to hit the (strength requirements) with less weight. BASF has worked on the majority of the tallest concrete building designs in the world.”

212 S. Meramec is a joint venture of PARIC and McHugh. Major subcontractors on the project include CECO Concrete Construction, concrete; Murphy Company, HVAC and plumbing engineer; Kaiser Electric, electrical engineer; and Fire Tech, fire protection engineer. The developer/owner is WORP/CA Clayton, LLC. Architect is HDA Architects and Alper Audi is structural engineer. Project investors include union pension funds and others.

Toenjes noted that construction is a major driver of Missouri’s economy, employing more than 116,200 persons throughout the state, with Missouri ranking 4th in the nation in one-month employment growth between July and August 2016.

In 2015, he said, Missouri construction contributed $11 billion (3.8 percent) of the state’s GDP of $293 billion. That same year, Missouri construction wages and salaries totaled $ $6.5 billion. In 2014, construction workers’ pay in Missouri averaged $54,400, 18 percent more than all private sector employees in the state. Missouri had 13,000 construction firms in 2014, of which 92 percent had fewer than 20 employees.

While celebrating what the construction industry has accomplished, Toenjes pointed to challenges ahead.  Employment has passed pre-recession figures and the industry is now facing a critical workforce shortage. “Every day we hear new reports of contractors turning down or delaying work because of the skilled worker shortage,” said Toenjes.

In the last six months, the AGC of Missouri launched a new web portal to connect contractors with unfilled jobs to people seeking work. “We never had to do that before,” he said

“When young people are contemplating a career choice, we hope they will consider construction,” he added. “Our industry can be a rewarding and challenging career choice. With new technologies, sustainable buildings, new construction methods and other innovations, we are looking to the best and brightest to join our industry. We need bodies, hands, and brains to keep building in Missouri. Come join us – there are jobs waiting!”

St. Louis Info Session on Commercial Drone Certification

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The Electrical Connection will host an informational session on compliance with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regulations and is planning to offer certification training at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center.   The Oct. 28, 2016, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. meeting at the training center is open to any civic or business operation that uses UAVs, also called drones.   The training center is located at 2300 Hampton Ave. in South St. Louis.  The deadline to register for the event is Oct. 25, 2016 can be done by emailing damon@uaviation.us or by calling 314-484-6360.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and members of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

On July 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA) finalized rules for UAV systems. The new rules took effect on August 29 2016, offering safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting commercial operations.  The rule’s provisions are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground.

The informational meeting at the training center will be conducted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter and will be its first since the new FAA rules took effect in August 2016.  “Partnering with the Electrical Connection makes sense because the electrical industry already has the best foundation of knowledge in electrical systems – wireless and otherwise – that power this evolution in robotics,” said Dr. Damon Lercel, president of AUVSI-Gateway Chapter.  “UAVs are essentially flying electronic robots and the Electrical Connection’s IBEW/NECA membership has been engineering and installing robotics in advanced manufacturing facilities for decades.”

The IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center has been collaborating with the AUVSI-Gateway Chapter and UAViation, an unmanned aviation services and training provider, to develop a curriculum for attaining UAV certification.

“We’ve always adapted our training program to rapidly advancing technology,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “We did so at the dawn of the Information Age and for data storage, building automation, wireless integrated communications, electric vehicles and robotics.  It’s why we look to partner with visionary organizations like AUVSI-Gateway Chapter so our workforce is always prepared to safely and proficiently install the technology upon which our future depends.”

While the construction industry is already making extensive use of UAVs, first responders, real estate firms, agriculture, media and film makers, civil engineering and civic entities are all making use of the technology.  “It’s been a bit of a wild west out there as regulation tries to keep up with technology,” said Dr. Lercel.  “The AUVSI-Gateway Chapter was formed in 2012 in anticipation of a greater need to bring sensible rules to the operations of UAV systems.  The Electrical Connection has been a prime supporter of our mission since its inception.”

AUVSI is the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. Serving more than 7,500 members from government organizations, industry and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and robotics technologies. AUVSI members support the defense, civil and commercial sectors.  Learn more at www.auvsi.org.

St. Louis-based UAViation is a provider of unmanned aviation services and training.  Its unmanned aircraft and professional pilots provide a safe, low-cost, and environmentally friendly alternative to satellite imagery, manned aircraft, or traditional inspection techniques.  UAViation is FAA approved to commercially operate unmanned aircraft and is fully insured. Learn more at www.uaviation.us.

Members of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services in Missouri and nationwide. More is online at www.electricalconnection.org.

Christner Honored With Local Design Awards

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis Chapter celebrated excellence in the built environment with its Design Awards celebration held on September 22 at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Through a juried process, projects in various categories were recognized for outstanding qualities in design and craftsmanship.

This year, Christner took home a record seven awards in various categories including architecture, interiors, unbuilt and craftsmanship. Projects recognized include the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Climate Corporation, Edward Jones Parking Garage, St. Louis County Library Grant’s View Branch, Knox College Field Station, and Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis.

Wiegmann Associates named Midwest Top 50 Specialty Contractor

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Wiegmann Associates has been named a 2016 Midwest Top 50 Specialty Contractor by Engineering News Record, the leading international construction industry news magazine. With $33.86 million in 2015 revenue, Wiegmann Associates, a mechanical contractor, ranks among the top 12 largest specialty contractors in the St. Louis region.

The annual Engineering News Record Top Specialty Contractors list ranks contractors in such fields as mechanical, electrical, concrete, fire protection, masonry, roofing, sheet metal and excavation.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.

C. F. Vatterott Building Five Homes on the Former Site of Historic Charless School

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Ground was broken Sept. 29 for Charless Village, a five-home development in the city of St. Louis on the former site of the historic Charless school. These are the first new-construction homes to be built in the near-southside neighborhood of McKinley Heights in over 25 years.

 

Construction of the first of the energy-efficient new homes to be constructed by long-time St. Louis housing leader C.F. Vatterott is under way on Shenandoah Avenue six blocks south of Interstate 44, in the City’s 7th Ward. The two-story, three-bedroom, three-bath, 1,598-square-foot homes designed for families are priced from the $210,000s, said Greg Vatterott Jr., Vice-President with Vatterott. “These new homes will expand the supply of quality housing in the neighborhood and should spur additional new development of other currently nearby vacant ground that could dramatically improve this part of McKinley Heights.” 

The homes will have brick elevations historically consistent with the neighborhood, but will feature modern open floor plans, full basements, two-car garages and high-efficiency systems as well as 9-foot first- and second-floor ceiling heights. Buyers of the homes will benefit from tax abatement, further increasing their affordability. Two of the five homes will even feature main floor master suites, with one fully accessible – something quite rare in the city.

 

The ground was formerly the site of the Charless Elementary School, built in 1895, which was torn down in the late 1980’s prior to when Vatterott purchased the property. The site is within one mile of three city parks, and a block away from McKinley Classical Leadership Academy, one of the city’s premier magnet schools.


Funding for construction of the new homes is provided in part by the St. Louis Community Development Agency (CDA) and will utilize Missouri Neighborhood Preservation Act tax credits to make these homes even more affordable.

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