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Wiegmann Associates begins HVAC work at The Sheridan Assisted Living Facilities

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Wiegmann Associates has begun work on The Sheridan Assisted Living facilities in Sunset Hills, Chesterfield and Creve Coeur. Wiegmann is the engineer of record and installing contractor for HVAC and Building Automation Systems, and is providing on-site project management for the Design/Build project. Senior Lifestyle Corporation, based in Chicago, is developing the projects, which have a combined completion value of $65 million.

Wiegmann is installing high-efficiency HVAC systems that reduce first cost and improve humidity control and sound levels while increasing usable interior space and reducing long-term maintenance costs. Wiegmann also is installing a Building Automation System in each facility. Wiegmann’s HVAC solutions will save $25,000 per year in energy costs across the three facilities as compared to the original design.

Construction has begun on all three facilities. The $17 million, 69,000-square-foot, 84-apartment The Sheridan at Laumeier Park in Sunset Hills and the $17 million, 42,000-square-foot, 53-apartment The Sheridan at Creve Coeur are scheduled for completion in early 2017. The $31 million, 84,000-square-foot, 91-apartment The Sheridan at Chesterfield is scheduled to open next summer.

The facilities combined will create more than 425 construction jobs and 295 permanent jobs. Brinkmann Constructors is the general contractor.

The projects are a joint venture of Bob Brinkmann, founder of Brinkmann Constructors, and Senior Lifestyle, operator of senior living facilities across the United States.

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. 

U-Haul to Remove Blight of Abandoned Auto Dealership for New Facility in Florissant

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U-Haul LogoU-Haul will soon begin construction on a three-story, 79,330-square-foot facility to serve the do-it-yourself mover and self-storage customer northwest of St. Louis.

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Florissant II at 1350 N. Lindbergh Blvd. will be operated remotely by U-Haul Moving & Storage of Florissant, located one-eighth of a mile east of the acquired site. A building erected in the 1960s that once housed a prominent auto dealership occupies the site, but it has been condemned and will soon be leveled after sitting vacant for more than eight years.

“U-Haul is happy to provide the Florissant community relief from a property that had become such an eyesore,” said Mike White, U-Haul Company of Missouri Northeast president. “When we’re finished, this neighborhood won’t have to worry about blight from a condemned building. There will be a beautiful self-storage facility in its place.”

When construction at the 3.63-acre property is done, the facility will include a U-Box warehouse in addition to indoor, climate-controlled self-storage with state-of-the-art security features. It will offer 24-hour accessibility for customer convenience.

“We only have 10 self-storage units at our current Florissant location,” White said. “Having this additional facility is going to provide a much-needed service. The members of this community are really excited for us to open. We have a ‘coming soon’ sign out and residents are already coming by to ask when we will start offering self-storage. Everyone is on board with what we’re doing.”

U-Haul is a proud sponsor of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. The Company is honoring Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans by supporting the events in Oahu commemorating the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. Founded by a WWII Navy veteran and his wife, U-Haul makes veterans a focus of its charitable works and has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top veteran-friendly U.S. employers. Any Pearl Harbor survivors affiliated with U-Haul Team Members or neighborhood dealers are encouraged to contact U-Haul at

IWR Honored with Two Craftsmanship Awards for Shriners Hospital for Children Project

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St. Louis-based building enclosure contractor recognized by CSI and AIA

St. Louis-based building enclosure contractor IWR North America, formerly IWR Building Systems, recently won the 2016 North Central Region Craftsmanship Award presented by the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) and The American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis 2016 Design Award in the craftsmanship category for its work on the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The CSI award is presented to organizations for superior craftsmanship in the construction industry within the region in the person’s trade profession. Many organizations in the region recognize outstanding design, but very few emphasize craftsmanship.

The AIA Awards Program celebrates the best architectural designs in five categories:  unbuilt, interiors, architecture, drawings and craftsmanship. The winning project represented the finest standards in craftsmanship in the community.

“We are honored to have received such prestigious awards in today’s competitive and challenging construction environment,” said Todd Staley, general manager of IWR. “The on-the-ground labor force and team of Local 36 sheet metal workers, led by IWR Superintendent Mike Sheriff, are truly the ones who deserve these craftsmanship awards for installing the highly complex building envelope.”

The building exterior consists of 3,600 rotated square ACM metal panels that required precise craftsmanship due to the intricate geometric details of the building surface. The panel system has been engineered with a pressure-equalized rain screen design allowing for a drainage cavity behind the panels. To reassure the building owner that the enclosure would function properly, IWR became the only exterior contractor in St. Louis to be certified by the ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America) as a requirement to having a weather-resistant barrier installed.

“The detailed integration of all the exterior systems allowed this complicated curved and coplanar design to result in a high-performing façade,” said Matt Ford of Universe Corporation. “IWR’s precise installation resulted in a uniform, streamlined appearance of the building located directly off the interstate.”

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 focusing on total building envelope solutions.

IBEW St. Louis Convention Gives Back to the Gateway City

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IBEW 125 Anver LogoThe International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) International Convention in St. Louis continues this week, providing a significant economic boost to the Gateway City. It is the third largest convention being held in St. Louis this year. St. Louis has hosted the international convention more than any other city – a record six times.

Hotels, restaurants, retailers, civic attractions and more are all benefiting from the estimated 4,000 delegates who began arriving Sept. 16, 2016 for the convention which concludes on Sept. 23, 2016. According the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission the convention is generating an economic impact of $7.9 million in direct spending. The St. Louis Business Journal earlier reported that a total of 22,815 hotel room nights would be reserved as a result of the convention.

One of the highlights kicking off the convention was a Sept. 15, 2016 ribbon cutting for the Henry Miller Museum in St. Louis where IBEW was foundeded 125 years ago as the first electrical union in the nation. In addition, there was a “Day of Service” where up to 400 IBEW members performed 26 community betterment projects in St. Louis.

The convention has included a “Gateway to St. Louis Introductory Tour,” shopping excursions throughout the St. Louis area, including St. Charles county, a tour of St. Louis’ historic homes, a concert and picnic and a visit to Ballpark Village. It also includes visits to other well-known attractions, including the Anheuser Busch Brewery, which IBEW has teamed with members of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to build and maintain over the years, and, of course, the iconic Ted Drewes.

Learn more about the convention at this link and see all of its contributions to the St. Louis area in this video.

Senior Apartments to be Built by the Swansea MetroLink Station

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New Transit-Oriented Development Project Will Offer Affordable Senior Living With Easy Access to MetroLink

Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA), in partnership with Bywater Development Group and Bi-State Development (BSD), is pleased to announce a new, $10.5 million development that will bring senior apartment living adjacent to the Swansea MetroLink Station in Swansea, Ill. The transit-oriented development (TOD) project, which will be developed by SWIDA and Bywater, was approved by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) in Chicago on September 16.

This new development, called Metro Landing of Swansea, will feature a handsome three-story building with 62 affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments for older adults seeking an independent lifestyle. Located adjacent to the Swansea MetroLink Station, residents will have car-free transportation options via MetroLink and MetroBus to conveniently access restaurants, retail, entertainment venues, recreational locations, employment centers, and medical facilities around the bi-state region. The Swansea Station is located on the Metro East Park and Recreation District BikeLink trail system, so seniors will be able to utilize the trail for exercise and recreation.

This development would not have occurred without the collaboration of a number of groups including IHDA, the St. Clair County Transit District and the Village of Swansea.  The Village has been a vital asset in the predevelopment planning process.  “It is truly an example of how public and private partnerships can lead to an important community investment,” James Nations, SWIDA’s Chairman said. “This is an excellent opportunity for SWIDA and Bywater Development Group to contribute to active senior housing as this segment of the population continues to grow.” The SWIDA Board of Directors is seeking other markets in the region in need of comparable developments.

Mike Lundy, Executive Director of SWIDA said, “It has been great working with Bi-State Development. We are very pleased with the new senior housing development and worked extremely hard to move this development forward.”

“This new development to be positioned next to the Swansea MetroLink Station reflects other successful transit-oriented projects in our area, and is a testament to the positive benefits the Metro transit system brings to the region,” said John Nations, President and CEO of Bi- State Development (BSD). BSD operates the metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region.

“Metro Landing of Swansea is reflective of a very strong and effective public/private partnership and stands to serve as a model for transit oriented senior housing. It will create both a positive impact on the community and an ideal living environment for its residents.  Our organization is highly honored to be a part of this collective effort,” said Aaron Burnett, President of Bywater Development Group.

Metro Landing of Swansea is scheduled for construction commencement in the summer of 2017 with full completion by late summer of 2018.

The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority is a special-purpose, municipal corporation and local governmental unit whose purpose is to promote and enhance economic development within the counties of Bond, Clinton, Madison and St. Clair Ill. To learn more, visit

Bi-State Development (BSD) operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway, the region’s freight district, and the Bi-State Development Research Institute. BSD is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region.

Midwest Block & Brick Expands Across The Midwest Through Acquisitions

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Midwest Block & Brick, a division of Midwest Products Group, announces the expansion of the company across several states.  The expansion has taken place over several months and year, and included in this expansion activity is the acquisition of several regional block and brick competitors – Basic Block Group LLC; Boral Bricks, Inc. (Paducah, KY showroom); Chandler Materials Company; Glenstone Block Company; Kenco Enterprises; Long Block & Brick; Nattinger Materials Company; Ready Mix USA, LLC; and Southern Concrete Products, Inc.

Midwest Block & Brick is now comprised of 350 employees working in 19 manufacturing, warehouse and showroom locations in 7 states, including:

Patrick Dubbert, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Midwest Block & Brick, comments, “These acquisitions and resulting expansion of Midwest Block & Brick gives us a presence in the southern states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas. We are now able to offer more products and options, as well as a more experienced labor force and well-trained sales team for both our retail and construction industry customers.”  Dubbert adds, “This expansion ultimately gives the consumer more choices for their block and brick projects, and more places to choose their materials from.” For more information about Midwest Block & Brick and the company’s recent acquisitions and expansion please contact Jodi Winegar with Midwest Block & Brick at 573.635.7206 or visit their web site at  

Midwest Block & Brick manufactures and distributes concrete block, retaining walls, pavers, brick, stone, and other masonry and landscape products “Made in America Since 1948”.


Spellman Brady Completes Interior Design of the Woodlands of John Knox Village

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Spellman Brady & Company is pleased to announce the completion of the interior design for the Woodlands of John Knox Village in Pompano, Florida. The $34 million Woodlands project consists of a 7-story, 124,633 square-foot building housing 144 suite-residences for elders requiring state-of-the-art skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation care. Spellman Brady provided full interior design services for the project which included design, selection and specification of the project’s finishes, furniture and artwork, as well as the procurement and installation of the furniture and artwork.

The overall design of the Woodlands consists of common and social areas on the first floor and utilizes an innovative Green House® philosophy for the private home-style 144 suites on the upper six floors of the facility. Each of the resident floors has two Green House® homes with 12 private bedroom suites with personal bathrooms. The suites are organized around a shared hearth living room with an adjacent open kitchen and dining room.

Spellman Brady’s overall design concept for the project was inspired by the colors, animals, flora and fauna of South Florida. The interiors were planned to be bright, cheerful and uplifting in order to give the elders the experience of a “real home”. Artwork was a blend of newly procured pieces and some “donated” pieces from the residents of the community.

Spellman Brady & Company, a nationally recognized, woman-owned interior planning and procurement firm, collaborated with architects RDG Planning & Design from Omaha, Nebraska; Gallo Herbert Architects, the owner’s representative and The Weitz Company of West Palm Beach, Florida, the project’s general contractor.

John Knox Village is a Life Plan Retirement Community encompassing a full range of independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care options for more than 1,000 residents. Since 1967, John Knox Village has been a home to an eclectic mix of “realistic idealists,” who believe in planning for an uncertain future while enjoying a fulfilling present.

Spellman Brady & Company is a St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in Healthcare, Higher Education and Senior Living environments.

OSHA to Establish Alliance Agreement With TekSolv & American Allied Safety Council

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OSHA, TekSolv – American Allied Safety Council, Southwestern Illinois Building Trades Council, and Council of Owners of Construction Associates Inc. have established an alliance that will provide safety trainings, safety resources, and information to roughly 10,000 skilled training workers in Southwestern Illinois. TekSolv administers its American Allied Safety Council trainings to the Council of Owners of Construction Associates Inc. whose members then employ skill trade workers through the Southwestern Illinois Building Trades Council.

John Mouser, CSP, President, Teksolv, states “TekSolv is honored that OSHA has chosen to recognize the achievements of our American Allied Safety Council (AASC) through the OSHA Alliance program. Our unique blend of labor, industry, contract, and stakeholder leadership on our Advisory Board has truly resulted in an unprecedented partnership designed to benefit all involved.”

Through the development and sharing of information on the importance of prevention of workplace hazards, OSHA and the partners will collaborate to encourage worker safety and health in the construction industries. This also includes small businesses and apprentice training programs.

The focus for these trainings will be on common hazards faced by workers in the industry such as falls, electrical, struck-by, fire, confined spaces, and machine safety. The agreement will further promote agency’s rule making, enforcement initiatives, training and education, outreach and communication, and safety campaigns. All allied partners expect this agreement to be positive and beneficial for Southwestern Illinois.

Adam Micun, Vice President, TekSolv, explains the benefits and advancements that are being made with this alliance. “Through the elimination of redundant training programs, site access requirements, and medical screenings; several key advancements occur in the workplace. Industry is able to receive “toolready” workers on day one and eliminate costly on-site training programs as well as the time required to administer them; the contractors, often small businesses, are able to dramatically reduce costs and invest more dollars into safety and personal development; and the trades are afforded an opportunity to work in a larger variety of facilities through reciprocity. This results in the direct economic advancement of the region through increased jobs and opportunity for American workers.”

About TekSolv TekSolv, headquartered in Newark, Delaware, provides a unique range of comprehensive professional service solutions that meet the demand of a legion of industrial markets, including safety, rescue, and training services; systems integration and oilfield automation services; engineering consulting; and environmental monitoring and occupational health services.

About TekSolv AASC The American Allied Safety Council provides trainings for all services in a convenient location in Southwestern Illinois. The AASC is endorsed by local area building trades, is supported by OSHA through the Partnership Alliance and offers fully customizable program solutions. For more information on TekSolv and the AASC, visit or call 866.TekSolv.

Is Your LED Retrofit Safe?

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Is Your LED Retrofit Safe?

In 1893, electric light technology was put on display at the world’s fair in Chicago.  These lights were installed inside paper-mache buildings, and Chicago earned the nickname ‘White City’.  A lesser known fact is that lighting caught many of the paper buildings on fire.  These fires resulted in the creation of Underwriters Laboratories, or UL. Now, almost 125 years later, UL provides a safe path for new lighting technologies to be installed into commercial buildings.   That path is UL1598C Certification.

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James E. Frey Receives AGC of Missouri Award

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Missouri’s building contractors honored James E. Frey, retired senior vice president, Alberici Group, Inc., with the AGC of Missouri Skill, Responsibility, Integrity Award.  The award was presented by AGC of Missouri board chairman, Phil Hocher (right), president of Pace Construction Company, at a membership meeting held on September 15.

“This is a very special recognition for Jim, who served the AGC of Missouri in a top leadership role for more than a decade,” commented Len Toenjes, CAE, president. “This coveted award is not bestowed annually, but rather is reserved for special recognition of service above and beyond on behalf of our organization.  We congratulate Jim on his service and thank him for his many contributions to the betterment of Missouri’s construction industry.”

A 1974 cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla with a degree in civil engineering, Frey served as chairman of the AGC of St. Louis (predecessor to the AGC of Missouri) in 2002 and as a member of the board from 2006 to 2008. From 2001 to 2010 he chaired the Competitiveness Nucleus Group that worked to improve competitiveness in the construction industry and led to the adoption of more consistent contract language in basic trade contracts, thereby increasing productivity.  From 2006 to 2010, he served as co-chair of PRIDE of St. Louis, Inc. (Productivity and Responsibility Increase Development and Employment, now known as the St. Louis Construction Cooperative), the nation’s first voluntary construction labor-management organization.  In 2011, PRIDE honored him with its Al Fleischer Management Award.

Over the years, Frey has served on numerous key committees, including service as a member of the AGC Labor Policy Committee and also representing the AGC on the St. Louis Council of Construction Employers.

He has spoken at numerous national meetings and seminars, including programs for the Design-Build Institute of America, AGC of America, the American Institute of Architects, and the International Risk Management Institute, just to name a few.

A member of Alberici Corporation’s board of directors from 2004 to 2009, Frey was a member of the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Construction Leadership Institute Advisory Board from 2008 to 2016, serving the last three years as chairman. He also was a member of that institution’s Construction Department Advisory Board from 1990 to 1995.  He served on the Advisory Council for Missouri University for Science & Technology Civil, Architectural and Environment Engineering Department in 2005.

Active in the community well beyond the construction industry, Frey served on Fontbonne University’s Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2008 where he was a member of the Executive Committee.  He served on the boards of KETC/St. Louis Videonine/Medianine, Inc. from 1996 to 2001.  From 1989 to 1999, he served on the board of the Ranken Jordan Home for Convalescent Crippled Children and as their president from 1996-1998. He was on the College for Living board of directors from 1988 to 1998, and served as that organization’s president from 1994 to 1998. For St. Joseph’s Academy, he was chairman in 1995 and served on its Financial Advisory Committee from 1992 to 1995.

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri is the largest organization representing the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri.

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