U. of Massachusetts-Amherst Doctoral Candidate Seeks to Protect Pollinators
St. Louis-based destination design firm PGAV Destinations is thrilled to award U. of Massachusetts-Amherst Ecology Doctoral Candidate Luis Aguirre the first-ever $3,000 PGAVia Pollinator Research Grant.
“Over the course of the last two decades, we’ve seen habitat loss and other potential causes resulting in bee colony collapse and effects on other pollinator populations and behavior,” said Mike Konzen, chair and principal of PGAV Destinations. “As these birds, insects, and mammals have a foundational effect on world agriculture, medicine, and more, we see this grant as a way to help contribute to the understanding of the problems and potential solutions.”
Mr. Aguirre’s research, entitled “Cascading Effects of Plant Enemies on Pollinator Health,” explores the potential positive benefits to pollinators by triggering chemical defenses in plants. When plants are damaged, they often produce chemicals that can deter further consumption of their plant parts. However, while some concentrations can influence pollinators to stay away, other concentrations can not only attract pollinators, but may potentially be able to ameliorate the effects of pathogens, such as parasites, in the pollinators as well.
“I give Luis my strongest and most enthusiastic support for this proposal,” said Professor Lynn Adler, one of Mr. Aguirre’s mentors at U. Mass. “Luis is a dedicated, incredibly smart, and passionate student who is on a clear path to success. I can think of no one more deserving of this award, or who would take better advantage of the opportunities it affords.”
The global implications of Mr. Aguirre’s research are immense. If his studies can uncover causal links between triggering these chemical responses and a reduction in parasites and pathogens fatal to pollinators, then ecologists, agricultural scientists, and farmers could incorporate these practices to reduce pollinator mortality rates and therefore greatly increase crop health and yield.
“It gives me great pleasure to know that there are others who are as concerned about pollinators as we are in our own lab, and also that those people want to invest in scientific research coming from young researchers,” said Aguirre. “This grant will allow me to initiate an experiment that will further my career and form the foundation of my subsequent PhD work.”
Each year, the volunteer arm of PGAV Destinations – PGAVIA – pursues a central conservation cause to study and support, in addition to ongoing, local environmental efforts. This year’s Conservation Awareness Campaign focuses on pollinators, and the Pollinator Research Grant serves as one of the flagship initiatives of the firm to help forward the global understanding of, and assistance with, pollinator health and habitat restoration.
PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations.
Four More Speakers Added to Investment In Infrastructure Expo
Want to talk with representatives of utilities and public bodies who have more than a half billion dollars in construction projects planned for 2017 and beyond?Contractors can do so at the 2017 investment in infrastructure expo on february 28 at the st. Charles convention center. For more information and to register ($30 per person) for this event, go to:
In addition, four more leaders from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Ameren Missouri and Great Rivers Greenway District will join six other presenters in showcasing more than $500 million worth of St. Louis area infrastructure construction projects and contracting opportunities. The new presenters include:
Gregory Horn, P.E., St. Louis District Engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation;
Rich Unverferth, Director of Engineering for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District;
Warren Wood, Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs and Communications for Ameren Missouri; and
Todd Antoine, AICP, Director of Planning and Projects for the Great Rivers Greenway District in St. Louis.
They will be joined on a panel discussion of the St. Louis region’s upcoming infrastructure investments by leaders from other key organizations including:
Amanda Brauer, Manager of Roads and Traffic for St. Charles County;
John Kohler, Planning and Programming Manager for the City of St. Louis Board of Public Service;
Jason Jonas, Public Works Director, Jefferson County;
Nick Gardner, Director of Transportation, St. Louis County
David Yonce, Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Spire;
Russell English, Project Director, Strategy and Corporate Development at Spire; and
Keven Kliesen, Business Economist and Research Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Kliesen will give a presentation on the economic outlook for the construction and related industries in 2017 in the St. Louis region.
Short informative presentations from construction purchasers will give the audience an idea of what to expect on infrastructure upgrades and the construction involved with those projects. After the presentations, there will be a three hour networking event with drinks and appetizers amongst industry peers, vendor booths and equipment dealers.
The deadline for registrations is February 17th. The Expo is hosted by the SITE Improvement Association. SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 165 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 is celebrating 50 years of continuous operation in 2016.
The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) will hold its 12th Annual Networking Awards from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, at The Saint Louis Woman’s Club. In addition to honoring members, CREW-St. Louis will present its Second Annual Woman of Influence Award. The award recognizes a female leader who has impacted the commercial real estate industry through her leadership, accomplishments and service to the St. Louis region.
CREW-St. Louis 12th Annual Networking Awards
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Place: The Saint Louis Woman’s Club
4600 Lindell Boulevard | St. Louis, MO 63108
Cost: $75 for Members/$90 for Non-members/$560 for table of eight
(Includes cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres and dinner)
Debbie Monterrey, KMOX radio morning drive-time anchor, will serve as master of ceremonies for the banquet. The awards revolve around CREW’s mission to advance the success of women in commercial real estate, showcase the power of networking and demonstrate the organization’s support to the community. Members will be honored in four categories: New Member of the Year, CREW Impact, Career Advancement for Women and Economic Impact. The Woman of Influence Award will celebrate the achievements of a female leader who has made a significant contribution to the commercial real estate industry and community. Amy Gill, CEO of Restoration St. Louis and the first recipient of the Woman of Influence Award, will present the award to this year’s honoree.
The St. Louis chapter of CREW Network was started in 1982. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest of CREW Network’s 76 chapters in North America, with nearly 200 members from all disciplines in commercial real estate.
The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.
Murphy Appoints Tim Barton VP, Industrial Business Development
Murphy Company has appointed Timothy H. Barton as vice president, industrial business development. The announcement was made by Joe Skiljan, vice president, heavy industrial for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Barton holds a bachelor’s degree in communications. For the past 18 years he was employed by Victaulic, the originator and innovator of grooved coupling technology, offering a variety of coupling sizes and styles for piping applications worldwide. He began his career there as a territory sales manager and, later, served as a power generation specialist, calling on power plants, technology providers, engineering firms, power plants, refineries and contractors in the Upper Midwest. Over the years he has been active in the Lignite Energy Council and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers).
Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets..
S. M. Wilson Names Daniel Harper, LEED AP BD+C AS Senior Project Manager
Harper will be responsible for managing multi-million dollar senior care construction projects. His duties include project planning, scheduling, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information. He has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, and has worked on a variety of senior care, historic renovation, warehouse and commercial projects.
Harper earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He has an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health and is LEED Accredited.
S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.
Byrne & Jones Construction Adds Project Manager Mike Czeschin to Its Sports Division
Byrne & Jones Construction’s sports division has added Mike Czeschin as a project manager. Byrne & Jones has installed more than 2,000 athletic surfaces in the Midwest, including artificial and natural turf fields for all types of sports as well as track and fields, tennis courts and associated site improvements.
Czeschin coordinates and manages projects for the sports division which serves elementary, secondary and higher education as well as professional sports teams and sports organizations.
Czeschin is a veteran of U.S. Marine Corps and former president of Rivers West Landscaping.
Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro surfacing.
February 10, 2017
HOK St. Louis Adds Veteran Architect
Paul Jacob, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP,has joined HOK in St. Louis. A former co-owner and principal at the 15-person MayotteJacob Architects in Lansing, Mich, Jacob has more than 30 years of experience as a designer and project manager. At HOK, Jacob will direct design solutions and project management for highly complex projects in the St. Louis office.
Jacob comes to HOK from The Christman Company, a pre-construction and planning services firm based in Lansing, where he served as vice president and design director for the firm’s national development projects.
“Paul brings the perspective of designer, business owner and construction manager with a great record of uniting design and building teams to achieve the specific outcomes our clients seek,” said Lance Cage, managing principal for the HOK St. Louis office.
Notable projects that Jacob managed including Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Insurance Company of America’s expansion and historic renovation, Kendall College of Art and Design’s conversion to a new, higher education facility in Grand Rapids, Mich. and Jackson National Life Insurance Company’s headquarters expansion in Lansing.
Jacob is past president of the Construction Owners Association of America-Michigan Chapter.
He earned his degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame and participated in its Rome studies program in Italy.
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.
Oculus Inc. Adds To Its Professional Staff
Carol E. Saucedo as a new Business Developer in their Dallas office. Carol brings over 20 years of marketing and business development experience to Oculus Inc. She has extensive experience in the Professional Services industry, working with engineering and design firms. Carol will be responsible for the cultivating new opportunities and relationships for Oculus while collaborating with the Corporate Marketing team located in St. Louis to create and implement new marketing and sales strategies. Oculus has been growing their portfolio and office in the Dallas market and Carol will be working to expand relationships and pursue new business opportunities in Dallas and surrounding areas.
“We’ve been searching for the right Business Developer for our Dallas office,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President. “Carol is the perfect fit for our organization and we can’t wait for our clients to become acquainted with her and to see what new relationships she cultivates.”
Oculus Inc. is a nationally, WBE-Certified, full-service architecture and consulting services firm with offices in St. Louis & Dallas.
Asif Kadiani & Nick Zahner Join Murphy Company
Asif Kadiani, P.E., CEM, GBE, LEED AP, has joined Murphy Company as senior engineer, design-build. The announcement was made by Mark Bengard, P.E., senior vice president, sales and pre-construction for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.
A registered professional engineer in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Oklahoma, Kadiani also is a certified energy manager, a green building engineer, and a LEED accredited professional. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for HPAC Magazine and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Kadiani holds an MBA from Eastern Illinois University. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bombay, both in Bombay, India. He also took pre-engineering coursework at the University of Bombay.
Since 1993, Kadiani has worked on major projects in higher education, K-12 education, municipal and government, healthcare, military, data centers, research, communications, transportation and commercial facilities throughout the Midwest.
“We are delighted to welcome Asif to the Murphy team,” said Bengard. “His expertise in the design and analyses of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, building automation, fire protection and plumbing systems fits nicely with both our service platforms and the markets we serve. His experience supervising project teams also is very helpful.”
Nicholas Zahner Hired by Murphy Co. as Safety Engineer
Nicholas (Nick) Zahner has joined Murphy Company as a safety engineer. The announcement was made by Chris Hamilton, director of safety. Zahner is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg where he majored in safety management. Previously, Nick served as the environmental health and safety coordinator for HarbisonWalker International where he provided safety oversight of all safety programs and policies.
Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets.
Nick Walker Joins IMPACT Strategies as Director of Development & Construction Services
Nick Walker has 20 years of experience as a registered architect and as a construction manager. Walker most recently was Vice President of Development and Construction for a St. Louis-based developer and builder of senior housing properties. Walker is a registered architect in Missouri and a member of the American Institute of Architects and NCARB. He has vast experience in all levels of senior housing projects and is a certified aging-in-place specialist though the NAHB.
A resident of Des Peres, Missouri, Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Kentucky and an MBA at Saint Louis University. He also completed the Construction Leadership Institute program at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.
February 3, 2017
Ron Landolt, LANDCO Construction’s CEO, announced two staff promotions at the firm’s Strategic Planning Session held on January 27, 2017.
Linda Bernhard was promoted to President. Linda has over 20 years of experience in the St. Louis commercial construction market in the areas of Construction Management, Strategic Planning, Preconstruction and Human Resources. Linda is an accredited LEED Green Associate and recipient of the Project Manager of the Year Award in 2016 from the American Subcontractors Association ( ASA) of the Midwest Council. Linda is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Management.
Greg Zuzack was promoted to Vice President. Greg, a graduate of St. Louis University, joined the firm in 2008 and has over 30 years of experience in the St. Louis commercial construction market in the areas of Business Development, Strategic Planning, Preconstruction and Project Management. Greg is an accredited LEED Green Associate, and is actively involved with IFMA and BOMA.
“Both Linda Bernhard and Greg Zuzack exemplify a high level of character, competency, and capacity which are exceptional traits that every firm is looking for in their employees. It goes without saying that Linda and Greg are truly genuine leaders in the commercial construction industry. I am extremely proud of their accomplishments and pleased to have both of them on our team,” stated Ron Landolt at the firm’s 2017 Strategic Planning Session.
St. Louis based LANDCO Construction is a leading commercial construction contractor providing Preconstruction, Construction Management and Interior Construction Services.
Architects Dusica Stankovic and Colten Baker Join HOK’s St. Louis Office
Architects Dusica Stankovic and Colten Baker have joined HOK in St. Louis. Both will support the HOK team working on the Indiana University Health Bloomington Regional Academic Healthcare project. Stankovic serves as a senior project architect and Baker serves as a design professional.
Stankovic joins HOK from RDG Planning & Design in Des Moines, Ia. She earned her master of architecture at the University of Belgrade and her degree in architecture from the University of Sarajevo.
Baker joins HOK from Oculus Inc. in St. Louis, Mo. He earned his master of architecture and degree in architectural studies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.
Great Rivers Greenway Welcomes Angelica Gutierrez as Project Manager
Great Rivers Greenway is pleased to welcome Angelica Gutierrez, of North St. Louis County, to its team of professionals who are working to connect the St. Louis region through the development of greenways so people can live life outside. Gutierrez has joined as Project Manager, overseeing all aspects of greenway construction projects, from community engagement to design and construction. She will also coordinate the organization’s involvement in the Gateway Bike Plan, which aims to identify the regional system of on-street bikeways and develop strategies for education, encouragement, and enforcement to make bicycling safe for people of all ages and abilities.
As an industrial engineer, she brings to Great Rivers Greenway nearly 16 years of experience in project management, including a background in public works and production management. Her prior experience includes nine years with the City of University City, where she most recently held the position of Senior Public Works Manager. Her efforts there included streetscapes, bridge replacement, street and sidewalk repair and maintenance, bicycle facilities and traffic signal installation projects.
Great Rivers Greenway connects the St. Louis region with greenways so people can explore their rivers, parks and communities, making it a vibrant place to live, work
Tauquincy Neal, FM for St. Charles City-County Library District, Earns FMP and SFP Designations
Tauquincy Neal, facility manager for St. Charles City-County Library District, has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainability Facility ProfessionaL (SFP). Only members of the International Facility Management Association can earn these professional designations. Neal is a member of the IFMA St. Louis chapter.
Neal took an extensive online course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.
Additionally, she took an extensive online course and passed assessments in three focus areas to achieve the SFP designation. Focus areas provide a complete picture of how SFPs can improve the sustainability of their facilities in all eight major categories of sustainable facility management as defined by IFMA: energy, water, materials and resources, workplace management, indoor environmental quality, quality of services, waste and site impact.
Neal started with the St. Charles City-County Library District in August 2015, as its first facility manager. She manages the day-to-day maintenance of all buildings and grounds, projects, and all contractors and vendors, as well as its delivery and supply operations. The library district comprises 12 branches in St. Charles City and County. She also is responsible for its administrative office.
Neal has been a member of IFMA St. Louis since 2015.
IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership, and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals.
Jake Haggmark Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Senior Design Professional
Jake Haggmark has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as a senior design professional working on high-profile, corporate design projects across the US.
Haggmark joins HOK from CannonDesign in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his master of architecture from the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University and his degree in architecture from Alfred State College.
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.
Lee Burford Joins Holland Construction Services as Senior Project Manager
Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Lee Burford has joined the Holland team as Senior Project Manager. Lee comes to Holland with over 36 years of construction management experience overseeing a variety of multi-million dollar projects both as a project manager and project director.
Lee has the designation of Certified Professional Constructor, the American Institute of Constructors highest level of certification only given to established constructors with years of project oversight experience. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Bradley University.
Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill.
Bright new spaces offer expanded areas for experiential learning and research, plus flexible instructional teaching laboratories for the home of the College of Engineering
Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, completed renovations on Lafferre Hall, home to the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering.
Lafferre Hall comprises several free-standing buildings on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. Each building features its own foundation and electrical and mechanical support system. The first sections were constructed in 1892 and 1893 to train engineers working with new innovations at the time, including the production and distribution of electricity, telephones and combustion engines. Multiple additions to the main building were built over the years to accommodate growing student enrollment.
The Tarlton team was tasked to demolish and renovate the 1935 and 1944 additions of the main building to update teaching facilities and improve building flow. The renovation took place on an active, occupied campus. Project challenges included demolition on a tight site connected on three sides to the working facilities, abatement and the critical development of a safety plan for a tower crane to offset and pick much of the construction materials. Tarlton worked with more than 30 subcontractors and consultants on the project.
The scope of work included reconfiguring interior building routes to facilitate better flow; major repairs to the exterior masonry wall on the north face of the building; replacement of windows and roofs in impacted areas to solve water infiltration issues; installation of new mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure systems; and addressing code, accessibility and safety issues.
The renovation created 40,000 square feet on the first floor for experiential teaching and learning laboratories, computer labs, a student machine shop, student team areas, conference rooms, study spaces and a coffee shop, plus 29,000 square feet for research. Movable laboratory equipment and partitions maximize space and potential. A two-story glass lobby and clerestory windows provide natural lighting and conserve energy. Energy-saving improvements include an air quality monitoring system, a recovery unit that reclaims both heat and moisture, and programmable LED lighting. The new spaces offer flexible instruction, provide academic support and foster collaboration for student success.
Tarlton’s construction and renovation costs totaled $31 million. The Lafferre Hall renovation project was financed in 2014 by $38.5 million in bonds issued by the Board of Public Buildings of the Office of Administration of the State of Missouri.
“As a construction management firm, we were especially honored to work on a project that will make an indelible impact on engineering students,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “The renovations to Lafferre Hall provide updated, modern spaces that optimize learning in an environment that is invested in the future development of industry technologies.”
The Tarlton construction management team included Matthew Pfund, project executive; Cameron Denison, senior project manager; Brad Grimes, project manager; and John Gasperoni, project superintendent.
The design team included Treanor Architects, lead architect; Peckham & Wright Architects, architect of record; Antella Engineering, electrical engineer; and Structural Engineering Associates, civil engineer.”
Tarlton also is constructing the new Mizzou softball stadium facility on Stadium Blvd., east of the Hearnes Center on the University of Missouri campus. The new stadium will provide fans with a “full view” concourse and outfield plaza, a grandstand seating capacity for nearly 1,700 people and a lawn seating area for an additional 1,000 spectators. A new parking lot will offer 535 spaces. In addition, the Tarlton Concrete Restoration Team is performing concrete restoration at the stadium. The project is slated for completion in early March to usher in the 2017 Tigers Softball season.
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..
KJWW Engineering Consultants of St. Louis has received a Grand Award from the Missouri Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for quality engineering achievement in its design of the William H. Danforth Wing, a $35 million, 80,000-square-foot research building addition to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC).
Mike Lawless, KJWW’s client executive and manager on the project, accepted the award at the ACEC Missouri 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet Feb. 4 in Chesterfield, Mo. Kevin Reilly, DDPSC plant growth facility manager, accepted the award on behalf of the facility.
KJWW provided mechanical, electrical, fire protection and technology design, as well as energy modeling and construction administration for the wing, which was designed by Christner Inc. The addition provides needed updates for the DDPSC, which was founded in 1998 and is the world’s largest independent nonprofit research institute focused on plant science.
The new wing opened in early 2016, providing researchers with a state-of-the-art, flexible and energy-efficient environment that can stay up to date with how science is done, fill in gaps in research efforts, and encourage interaction between scientists. It accommodates research teams and new technology facilities supporting robotics, bioinformatics, and group approaches to research. The building is seeking LEED Gold certification and its design is modeled to use 30 percent less energy than a baseline-code-compliant facility.
KJWW, located at 15 Sunnen Drive in St. Louis, is a division of IMEG Corp. The firm specializes in high-performing building systems, infrastructure, and construction-related services in all markets.
The Korte Company has begun working on a new manufacturing facility in Union, Missouri for Spray Dynamics, a subsidiary of Heat and Control, Inc. The 13.3-acre site will soon be home to Heat and Control’s newest facility. Washington Engineering & Architecture (WEA) was named the project’s architect and engineer.
Since 1952, Spray Dynamics has developed applications for a wide range of products, both food and non-food, and has served the snack industry since 1970. Spray Dynamics engineers and manufactures applications for oils, seasonings, vitamins, tack and release agents, chocolate, syrups and candy coatings, anti-oxidants, polishing wax, and anti-clumping agents.
The new facility offers the latest in manufacturing capabilities, testing rooms and includes a trial center able to provide comprehensive testing capabilities across the company’s wide range of products. A temperature control system is capable of simulating plant conditions during product trials.
The facility is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will initially employee 50-60 personnel with the ability to expand to over 100 employees.
The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Highland, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma; and Las Vegas, Nevada. The company manages, on average, an excess of $250 million in annual construction volume.
The Korte Company’s project expertise includes building for federal, state and local government agencies as well as the design and construction of healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, schools, recreation centers and office complexes.
Knoebel Construction, Inc. of Chesterfield, MO, has broken ground on the vertical construction of the Shoppes at Mid Rivers in St. Peters, MO. The $54 million project consists of 14 buildings within the 270,000-square-foot shopping center located just north of Interstate 70 in St. Charles County, MO. The buildings will be constructed concurrently, with scheduled completion in the fall of 2017. The developer is GBT Realty Corp. of Brentwood, TN. The architect is MJM Architects of Nashville, TN.
The Shoppes at Mid Rivers is located on a high-visibility, 28-acre parcel directly across I-70 from Mid Rivers Mall, the only regional mall in St. Charles County. Confirmed tenants include Academy Sports + Outdoors, Burlington, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, HomeGoods, ULTA Beauty, Five Below and Famous Footwear.
Knoebel Construction has divided the work into subprojects with separate management teams, in order to meet the expedited schedule and goal of completing the mall in time for the 2017 holiday shopping season.
Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail development, restaurant, grocery and retail construction.
The St. Louis industrial market was active in the fourth quarter of 2016, as 1.0 million square feet was absorbed. Overall vacancy decreased 10 basis points from the prior quarter to 6.1%, while average quoted rents increased to $4.20/SF from $4.35/SF. A total of 860,800 square feet of space delivered to the market during the quarter, while projects under construction remained significant, with 5.8 million square feet of product planned for delivery.
Following solid activity in the third quarter of 2016, the market held steady in the fourth quarter, realizing positive net absorption for the seventh consecutive quarter with nearly 4.9 million square feet absorbed during 2016. Quoted rental rates increased $0.23/SF during the past four quarters, as 3.8 million square feet of space delivered to the market.
With market vacancy hovering at a 10-year low, expect ongoing speculative construction starts, build-to-suit offerings and significant leasing and sales activity to continue for various areas of the metro.
New Building Is Kadean’s Fourth in Aviator Business Park in Hazelwood, MO, site of the Old Ford Plant
Kadean Construction has been tapped by Panattoni Development to construct its fourth light industrial building in the Aviator Business Park in the City of Hazelwood, one mile north of the St. Louis-Lambert International Airport, it was announced today.
The 548,000 square foot, concrete, tilt-up building, which will cover 13 acres under roof, will have a clear height of 32 feet, and a total of 82 loading docks – 40 on the north side and 42 on the south – side, said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction Co., which is based in suburban St. Louis.
“This will be a very flexible building that can be used for as many as four companies or one very large tenant,” he said. “The pass-through design, the number of docks, the all-concrete pavement and roadway and tractor trailer storage around the perimeter will make it very appealing for a tenant that relies on a high volume of daily transfers of goods or for other light industrial purposes.”
Construction of the building will begin immediately, and is due to be completed by mid-August, said John Piedimonte, Kadean Vice President of Pre-Construction.
The building will be constructed with a structural steel frame and nine-inch thick, steel-reinforced concrete walls, and a seven-inch thick, concrete floor. It also will have an early suppression, fast-response (ESFR) fire protection system, LED lighting, and other amenities, Piedimonte said.
Aviator 10 will be the fourth Kadean-built structure in the 155-acre business park, which is served by Norfolk Southern Railroad and provides easy access to interstates 70, 270, 64, 44, 55 and other area highways. Kadean also built Aviator 3, 4, and 7, most of which are fully occupied. More space is available for a half-dozen smaller commercial or light industrial facilities on the site as well.
Aviator 10 is currently listed as a “spec” building, although Panattoni is in discussions with a variety of potential tenants, said Panattoni Development Partner Mark Branstetter, of St. Louis, who oversees development for the company in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
“We’re very proud of the progress we’re making at Aviator Business Park,” he said “The companies there now employ nearly 300 men and women from across the region. Aviator 10 will continue to enhance the park’s vitality and vibrancy, and we’re looking forward to Aviator’s continued growth and success.”
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 at the regional and national level.