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Electrical Connection Volunteers Repair Electrical Systems in 28 St. Louis Low Income Homes

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15th Consecutive Year That IBEW/NECA Team to Help Rebuilding Together St. Louis 

A 15-year commitment by Electrical Connection volunteers reached a milestone this year – repairing its 500th low income home for Rebuilding Together St. Louis.  And over the years, the effort is a reminder to all residents living in older homes in the area to be aware of issues with aging electrical infrastructure.

This year, Electrical Connection volunteers began making free electrical repairs on April 28, 2018 to 28 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.  The community improvement effort includes more than 150 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 1 electricians and 20 electrical contractor members of the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  IBEW/NECA form the Electrical Connection partnership.

Since 2003, the partnership has donated labor and more than $850,000 in materials to improve more than 520 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.

“The skills of Electrical Connection volunteers are invaluable to identifying and repairing life safety issues,” said Dave Ervin, executive director, Rebuilding Together St. Louis. “These are older homes with aging electrical infrastructure that may present hidden hazards behind the walls of the homes.”

Dave Roth, business representative for IBEW Local 1, organizes the annual safety repairs.  He says they often find improper repairs made to the homes by those unskilled in electrical work, creating fire hazards.  “It is that ‘quick fix’ with no thought given to safety that often creates the hidden danger,” said Roth. “This includes exposed wires, open splices, overloaded panel boxes and a lack of ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) switches and outlets.  Repairs require skill and knowledge of the National Electrical Code that IBEW/NECA diligently follow in all its installations.”

Studies have shown the frequency of electrical fires is higher in homes more than 40 years old.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued a March 2017 report detailing an annual average of 45,210 U.S. home structure fires reported in the U.S. involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2010 to 2014. The fires resulted in 420 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage each year, according to the report. (see http://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fire-causes/Electrical-and-consumer-electronics/Electrical).

Because older homes are the dominant housing stock in St. Louis, the Electrical Connection offers the following advice:

  • Aluminum wiring was introduced to homes in North America in the mid-1960s as a cost-efficient alternative to copper wiring.  Be aware that aluminum is softer and if wrenched into junction boxes and switches can be more easily damaged. It also tends to expand and contract with heat as it conducts electricity causing the wiring to become loose at connections.  It is not code compliant in all jurisdictions and should never be integrated with copper wiring.  Homeowners need to be a aware that insurance companies charge higher rates in homes with aluminum wiring.
  • Knob-and-tube wiring was commonly installed in homes built before 1940. It may still comply with code, depending on the jurisdiction, but it has no grounding wire and connections are not terminated in a junction box.  The wire sheathing can decay after many decades of use.  The Electrical Connection recommends that knob-and-tube wiring be replaced with modern wiring that meets up-to-date electrical code requirements.
  • Flickering lights, switches that feel warm to the touch or buzzing switches can be a sign of a hidden electrical hazard.
  • Wiring should always be properly terminated in junction boxes with wire caps securing connections.
  • All electrical outlets installed close to a water source (think bathroom, kitchen, laundry area) should have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Older electrical infrastructure was not designed to handle the load of today’s modern home appliances and technology and is not always suitable to optimized energy efficiencies.  A licensed electrical contractor can provide recommendations and install electrical upgrades to meet load requirements. Electrical consumption has increased 70 percent over the past 25 years.

The Electrical Connection offers the largest number of licensed commercial and residential electrical contractors and skilled electricians in the region with a searchable data base at www.electricalconnection.org.

NECA contractors, who are donating service trucks and tools in the Rebuilding Together effort, include:

  • Bell Electrical
  • Benson Electric Co., Inc.
  • Branson Electric
  • BRK Electrical Contractors, LLC
  • Concept Electrical Services, LLC
  • Grasser Electric
  • House Electric, Inc.
  • J Bathe Electric Co.
  • Kaemmerlen Electric
  • Kaiser Electric, Inc.
  • Northwest Electric Co., Inc.
  • PayneCrest Electric, Inc.
  • Resource Electrical Systems, Inc.
  • RJP Electric LLC
  • Sachs Electric Company
  • Summit Electric
  • TSI Group, LLC
  • Vision Electric & Systems
  • Warren County Electric, LLC.
  • Lynns Electric, LLC

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  Find a contractor near you in the Electrical Connection contractor database.

Building Careers

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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.

Byrne & Jones Promotes Walter to Controller

Misty Walter

Misty Walter has been promoted to controller at Byrne & Jones Construction. Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

As controller, Walter will be responsible for all Byrne & Jones client billing and receivables and cash management.  Walter has a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com.

Ken Lewis joins McGrath & Associates as Project Engineer

Ken Lewis

McGrath & Associates has hired Ken Lewis from the Central West End in St. Louis, MO, as project engineer.   He will be working with McGrath’s pharmaceutical and healthcare business groups.  Lewis has three years of construction project engineering and estimating experience.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management Technology from Purdue University Northwest.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit www.mcgrathconstruction.com.

FGM Announces Staff Promotions

Brian Wright, Director of FGM’s Municipal & Recreation Practice will continue to expand the firm’s mission to Enhance Communities by Creating Quality Environments. Having joined the firm in 2007, Brian has focused primarily on designing fire, police, civic and recreation facilities with great success. Previously leading efforts to expand FGM’s municipal practice in St. Louis, Brian will now be focused on FGM’s Chicago, Oak Brook and Milwaukee locations.

Scot Fairfield: Vice President & Director of Marketing’s 28-year career combines leadership, project management and business development expertise to advance the firm’s mission to Enhance Communities by Creating Quality Environments.

Initially hired in 1999, Scot rejoined FGM in 2017 after ten years of design-build and business development in the construction industry. In his new role, Scot will promote a culture of strong client and market engagement through corporate-wide efforts affecting FGM’s Chicago, Oak Brook, O’Fallon, St. Louis and Milwaukee locations within their Corporate, Federal, Higher Education, Municipal & Recreation and PK-12 Education Practices.

In Scot’s own words. “My passion has always been focused on creating trusted relationships while pursuing and collaborating on projects. I look forward to the challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the sustaining growth of our firm”.

Diane Gilmartin has been named Chief Financial Officer of the firm. Diane worked for FGM from 2002 – 2004 and returned to the firm in 2016 as the Director of Finance. With more than 30+ years’ experience in finance for professional services firms, Diane now manages FGM’s ever growing revenue. Diane’s career includes seven years as a Senior Manager for Arthur Andersen.

FGM Architects has specialized in the planning and design of environments for work, study and play since 1945. From early strategic facilities planning through building and interior design to furniture selection, our team of more than 75 professionals supports the needs of our clients with a total commitment to service.

St. Louis-Based KRJ Architecture Appoints New Vice President

Romy Uelk

KRJ Architecture, a long-time architectural firm specializing in the design of educational and civic facilities, has promoted Romy Uelk to the position of vice president, principal in charge of programming. During her ten years at KRJ, Uelk’s responsibilities have grown to include taking an active role in helping clients communicate project goals to the community, whether it be for a bond issue or fundraising. Her experience includes projects for public schools, colleges, ambulance districts and other public entities.

“Romy is skilled at facilitating diverse groups of people to move toward the same vision for their communities. She’s a consensus-builder on behalf of our clients,” said David Kromm, president of KRJ. “As we look to the future of KRJ, Romy’s strengths in leadership and communication will continue to serve our clients well.”

Kromm added that Uelk’s deep knowledge of the specialized needs of public entities has contributed greatly to the firm’s ability to bring innovative, cost-effective solutions to clients, on time and on budget.

Uelk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Drury University.

EDAC Designers Grow at Spellman Brady

Amanda Renshaw

Spellman Brady & Company is proud to announce that Amanda Renshaw,designer, has earned her Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC). Ms. Renshaw is the most recent Spellman Brady designer to receive EDAC, which brings the firm’s designers to over 20% certified.

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) is the process of basing healthcare facility planning and design decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible patient, staff and operational outcomes.  Research evidence attests to the fact that the physical environment impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness and quality of care provided in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

In order to earn EDAC, Ms. Renshaw passed a two-hour, 110-question multiple-choice exam. The exam’s five sections tested her on EBD in healthcare, the research process, the pre-design process, construction, and occupancy.  The exam certifies professional’s ability to practice the EBD process.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Ramona Nicula, MS, MBA, PE Joins EDM Incorporated as  Vice President, Senior Electrical Engineer

Ramona Nicu

EDM Incorporated is proud to welcome Ramona Nicula as Vice President and Senior Electrical Engineer.  Ramona is a registered Engineer in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maryland, Arizona, California and New York with over 24 years’ experience.  Ramona holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of Missouri, St. Louis, and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Transilvania University, in Romania.  She is also a LEED-Accredited Professional.

Headquartered in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, EDM Incorporated is a 45+ year old full-service engineering firm providing civil, structural, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering to local, state and federal governments as well as private sector clients. EDM is a mid-sized firm that employs approximately 31 employees, 18 of whom are licensed engineers.

New Hires at Hastings+Chivetta Architects

William Schenck

William Schenck, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Project Designer. In his role, William will work closely with our team of designers to create facilities that foster campus community and student engagement. This approach focuses on collaboration and teamwork utilizing cutting edge software to allow for efficient design exploration. Prior to joining the firm, William produced award-winning designs for athletic, recreation, community, healthcare and science & technology clients. He shares H+C’s client-oriented approach and brings a fresh perspective to the design team.

William received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Architecture and Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas.

Alvaro Simon Merino

Alvaro Simon Merino has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer. As a member of the architectural graphics team, Alvaro assists project teams with conceptual designs and creates 2D and 3D renderings and virtual reality models. He is currently developing renderings for the Gustavus Adolphus College Nobel Hall addition and renovation.

Alvaro received his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture in Architectural Design and Architectural Engineering from the University of Alcala in Madrid, Spain. Alvaro was born and raised in Madrid and moved to the U.S. this past summer.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION Please contact Marketing Coordinator Laura Lancia at llancia@hcarchitects.com or 314-863-5717 x167.

McClure Engineering Names Keith Esarey President

Keith Esarey

McClure Engineering announces that Keith Esarey, PE and Principal, has been named the new President of the McClure Corporation. Esarey has served on the Board of Directors since 2009, most recently holding the position of Vice President since 2016. He takes over the position of President from Keith Cooper, PE and Principal, who has held the position since 2009. Cooper remains with the company as Chairman of the Board, Principal, and Electrical Engineer.

“We expect a seamless transition both internally and externally, as we have been transitioning responsibilities over the last year,” said Cooper. “Keith’s ongoing guidance and dedication to McClure over the past 20 years has more than earned him this position. We are excited to watch his leadership continue to make a difference here.”

As the new President, Esarey is responsible for leading the development of McClure’s short and long-term strategy, evaluating the work of officers and Principals and assessing business risks and opportunities for the company as they arise.

“I have been part of the development of McClure for some time now, and it will be great to tackle it from the perspective of this position,” said Esarey. “We have an incredible team here and I am honored that my coworkers have entrusted me to lead it.”

Esarey is a Professional Engineer in multiple states and Principal at McClure Engineering. He is responsible for project management and mechanical design for critical environment systems where the control of temperature and humidity is a sensitive operational component. He began his career as an intern with McClure in 1992, worked for Monsanto after graduating from Missouri S&T and then rejoined McClure in 1997. Other officers of the company include Phil Wentz as Vice President and Eric Schactman as Secretary/Treasurer.

McClure Engineering is a mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm established in 1953 and dedicated to the development of innovative solutions to unique engineering problems. For project profiles, services and more, visit McClure Engineering online at www.mcclureeng.com

May 11, 2018

Northstar Management Company Hires New Associates 

Northstar Management Company is proud to announce the addition of three new associates.

Jake Goss joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with nineteen years of total industry experience. Jake earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. In addition, he earned his Associate of Science in Construction Management at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL.

Scott Rushing

Scott R. Rushing joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with eighteen years of total industry experience. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kristin Gounis

Kristin Gounis joins the Northstar team as Special Projects Coordinator with eighteen years of total industry experience.  Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Missouri State University – Springfield, MO.

Founded in 1998, Northstar Management Company is an independent Owner’s Representative/Program Management firm whose sole focus is guiding clients through successful construction projects.

Ryan Laley Joins Byrne & Jones Construction As Project Manager and Estimator for Its Sports Division 

Ryan Laley

Ryan Laley has joined Byrne & Jones Construction’s sports division as a project manager and estimator.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Laley provides project cost estimates and manages projects for the sports division which serves elementary, secondary and higher education as well as professional sports teams and sports organizations.

Laley has a degree in civil engineering technology from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com.

May 4, 2018

IWR North America Announces Hire of Sean Hamlin

Sean Hamlin

Hamlin joins glass and glazing division as senior estimator

IWR North America, a leading building enclosure specialty contractor based in St. Louis, announces the hire of Sean Hamlin as senior estimator. In this position, Hamlin is responsible for glass and glazing pricing, proposals and preconstruction support services.

“Sean is a great asset to our team, and we are eager to have him with our company,” said Todd Staley, general manager of IWR North America. “His experience in analyzing and bidding project opportunities for design and construction is prevalent and necessary for our strategic initiatives.”

Hamlin, a predominant name in the industry, brings 11 years of commercial façade contracting to the company. The St. Louis area native both lived and worked in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest regions managing multiple national projects. Most recently, he was employed by Enclos Corp. as senior project manager. He previously worked at Cupples Inc. and Trainor Glass Company.

“I look forward to becoming part of a progressive company like IWR,” said Hamlin. “I’m eager to develop and implement effective strategies for IWR’s glass and glazing division.”

IWR North America launched its glass and glazing division in 2016 to enhance its existing building enclosure service offerings, and it is rapidly growing. Now as a single-source building enclosure partner, IWR North America offers its customers a complete exterior package, including design-assist, preconstruction, laser scanning, scheduling, in-house engineering, glass and glazing, and installation.

IWR North America, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is one of the longest standing specialty contractors in the United States with a focus on being a true building enclosure partner.For more information, contact Todd Staley at tstaley@iwrna.com or call 314-633-4958.

Avison Young-St. Louis Names Brian Kelley a Principal of the Firm

Brian Kelly

Avison Young-St. Louis announces Brian Kelley has joined the company as a Principal  of the firm. Kelley has over 13 years of commercial real estate experience and has worked with clients on both a national and local basis.

Kelley will use his expertise at Avison Young to work with clients in the areas of retail, office, industrial, multi-family and investment brokerage.

“This is an exciting opportunity with a firm that is growing rapidly in the St. Louis area. They have a winning approach that designs ways to add value to every property and process. I look forward to helping their team make the client experience as productive and easy as possible,” Kelley said.

George Convy, a founder of the Avison Young-St. Louis office, said, ““Brian comes to us with a wide breadth of commercial real estate experience. He practically grew up in the commercial real estate and construction business. Brian will have an immediate positive impact on our office, and will assist us in the planning and implementation of our future growth”.

A licensed commercial realtor in both Missouri and Illinois, Kelley’s experience includes overseeing leasing, negotiation, construction, and installation of space for numerous Edward Jones Investment locations. He has worked with Koman Properties Inc., and most recently served in a managerial role with Savoy Properties where he developed a portfolio to include office, warehouse, and retail spaces.

A native of St. Louis, Kelley attained a Master in Business Administration degree from Webster University and attended Arizona State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is a member of the Missouri Growth Association, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), serves on the alumni board of Chaminade College Preparatory School.

Avison Young-St. Louis—a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals—provides value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, industrial, investment and community properties. 

McGrath & Associates promotes Cindy Spriggs to Vice President, Finance

Cindy Spriggs

Cindy Spriggs has been promoted to Vice President, Finance at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Spriggs has been with McGrath & Associates for eight years, serving as Controller.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit www.mcgrathconstruction.com.

Northstar Management Company Hires New Associates

Northstar Management Company is proud to announce the addition of three new associates.

Jake Goss joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with nineteen years of total industry experience. Jake earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. In addition, he earned his Associate of Science in Construction Management at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL.

Scott R. Rushing joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with eighteen years of total industry experience. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kristin Gounis joins the Northstar team as Special Projects Coordinator with eighteen years of total industry experience.  Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Missouri State University – Springfield, MO.

Founded in 1998, Northstar Management Company is an independent Owner’s Representative/Program Management firm whose sole focus is guiding clients through successful construction projects.

Tarlton Completes Renovation of Stephen & Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden

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Project restores one of the Garden’s most iconic buildings, creating interior spaces
that commemorate the Henry Shaw era; new addition provides common-use areas
and public accessibility
 

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, completed renovation of and constructed an addition to the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Tarlton served as construction manager on the 7,000-square-foot museum, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main level of the pre-Civil War, red brick building offers expanded space for exhibits of artwork and other displays. Updates include a light-filled lobby, renovated lower-level gallery and new staircase that links the two floors. A new architectural addition, which safeguards the integrity of the historic building and surrounding environment, connects to the existing structure. The addition houses new public restrooms, fire stairs and an elevator, providing accessibility in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was designed in accordance with preservation principles outlined by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and U.S. National Park Service.

The museum, widely considered one of the most historically significant buildings in the Midwest, opened in 1859 – the same year the Garden officially opened its doors to the public. It housed the Garden’s original library, herbarium and natural history specimens. The building had been closed to the public for more than three decades.

A Garden’s History Revealed

At the project’s outset, the interior restoration was conceived to closely align with the era of Henry Shaw, St. Louis businessman and founder of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The scope of work included restoration of the building’s original tile floor and stripping layers of paint from bookshelves. Energy-efficient upgrades include the installation of insulated glass in the building’s original windows and a new HVAC system.

As the final budget was being developed, the Tarlton team removed part of a plaster drop ceiling in the building’s first-floor rear south room. It was there that crews uncovered hidden pieces of the Garden’s history: the original barrel vault ceiling, which featured the painted portraits of noted botanists George Engelmann, Carl Linnaeus and Asa Gray. The design-construction team was tasked with reconfiguring the mechanical systems on the floor directly above the portraits, suspending the systems above the barrel vault ceiling to minimize vibrations. The team worked with restoration experts, as well as conservators with the U.S. National Park Service, to preserve the portraits.

Exterior work included the restoration of the building’s original wood doors, windows and light fixtures, the replacement of handrails, a slate shingle roof and copper chimney cap, tuckpointing and foundation waterproofing.

The building was designed by noted St. Louis architect George I. Barrett, who also designed Shaw’s country home (known as the Tower Grove House), as well as Shaw’s mausoleum situated on the garden’s grounds. The museum was named for brothers Stephen and Peter Sachs in honor of the family’s support for the restoration. A wide range of generous donors also contributed to the restoration.

“The restoration of the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum was so well done,” said Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, president of Missouri Botanical Garden. “The historic nature of the building remains, and we are thrilled to welcome visitors to the Museum Building again.”

The Tarlton team included Andy Kovarik, project executive; Sondra Rotty, project director; Joshua Fisk, project manager; Greg Sweeso, estimator; Brian Julius, project engineer; and Dustin Norton, project superintendent. Tarlton Concrete provided all flatwork and vertical concrete on the project, with Brian Shaffer managing that portion of the work. Christner Inc. was the project architect.

The museum renovation was the second Tarlton project for Missouri Botanical Garden. The firm garnered a 2017 Quality Concrete Award from the Concrete Council of St. Louis for the replacement of the iconic bridge in the Climatron®, one of the Garden’s most popular attractions. 

About Tarlton

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets, also providing special expertise in concrete construction and restoration as well as hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services. 

About Missouri Botanical Garden

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 158 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.  

Crowd-Sourced Collaborative Photo Campaign to Commemorate the Grand Opening of the Gateway Arch Museum and West Entrance

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Social media-shared images will create a mosaic art project to be unveiled at the museum’s official ribbon cutting on July 3: call for photos underway

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation invites the public to participate in the #YourArch campaign, a one-of-a-kind collaborative photo montage to celebrate the grand opening of the Museum at the Gateway Arch and new West Entrance on July 3. Images will be sourced through social media, Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #YourArch. Photos can also be uploaded through the campaign’s website, www.YourArch.org.

The crowd-sourced and Arch-inspired masterpiece will be unveiled at the Museum at the Gateway Arch grand opening celebration on July 3. The #YourArch photo call is open to lovers of Gateway Arch National Park near and far, and can include both newly-snapped selfies and vintage throwbacks of people with the Arch and the surrounding Gateway Arch Park.  A new  #YourArch inspired video launches May 4 as part of the campaign, and captures the connection visitors and St. Louisans have with the monument.

“The Arch is part of so many shared memories – grade school field trips, an iconic backdrop for stunning wedding photos and those first futuristic tram rides to the top revealing a spectacular view of St. Louis,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. “We see millions of visitors, from St. Louis and around the world, taking their photos with the Arch. The #YourArch campaign celebrates that shared pride and awe of the monument and reminds us that the Arch belongs to everyone.”

To enter photos, use #YourArch on Instagram or Twitter (profiles must be public), or visit www.YourArch.org to upload them directly to the campaign.

For more information, visit www.archpark.org/mosaic.

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that the Gateway Arch, its grounds, neighboring public space, and attractions are a vital, active, welcoming, well-supported resource to the community and nation for generations to come. The Foundation is part of an alliance that helps meet this mission, which includes the National Park Service, Bi-State Development, Great Rivers Greenway, Jefferson National Parks Association and the City of St. Louis. For more information, visit  www.ArchPark.org.

Building Careers

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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.

Northstar Management Company Hires New Associates 

Northstar Management Company is proud to announce the addition of three new associates.

Jake Goss joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with nineteen years of total industry experience. Jake earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. In addition, he earned his Associate of Science in Construction Management at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL.

Scott Rushing

Scott R. Rushing joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with eighteen years of total industry experience. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kristin Gounis

Kristin Gounis joins the Northstar team as Special Projects Coordinator with eighteen years of total industry experience.  Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Missouri State University – Springfield, MO.

Founded in 1998, Northstar Management Company is an independent Owner’s Representative/Program Management firm whose sole focus is guiding clients through successful construction projects.

Ryan Laley Joins Byrne & Jones Construction As Project Manager and Estimator for Its Sports Division 

Ryan Laley

Ryan Laley has joined Byrne & Jones Construction’s sports division as a project manager and estimator.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Laley provides project cost estimates and manages projects for the sports division which serves elementary, secondary and higher education as well as professional sports teams and sports organizations.

Laley has a degree in civil engineering technology from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com.

May 4, 2018

IWR North America Announces Hire of Sean Hamlin

Sean Hamlin

Hamlin joins glass and glazing division as senior estimator

IWR North America, a leading building enclosure specialty contractor based in St. Louis, announces the hire of Sean Hamlin as senior estimator. In this position, Hamlin is responsible for glass and glazing pricing, proposals and preconstruction support services.

“Sean is a great asset to our team, and we are eager to have him with our company,” said Todd Staley, general manager of IWR North America. “His experience in analyzing and bidding project opportunities for design and construction is prevalent and necessary for our strategic initiatives.”

Hamlin, a predominant name in the industry, brings 11 years of commercial façade contracting to the company. The St. Louis area native both lived and worked in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest regions managing multiple national projects. Most recently, he was employed by Enclos Corp. as senior project manager. He previously worked at Cupples Inc. and Trainor Glass Company.

“I look forward to becoming part of a progressive company like IWR,” said Hamlin. “I’m eager to develop and implement effective strategies for IWR’s glass and glazing division.”

IWR North America launched its glass and glazing division in 2016 to enhance its existing building enclosure service offerings, and it is rapidly growing. Now as a single-source building enclosure partner, IWR North America offers its customers a complete exterior package, including design-assist, preconstruction, laser scanning, scheduling, in-house engineering, glass and glazing, and installation.

IWR North America, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is one of the longest standing specialty contractors in the United States with a focus on being a true building enclosure partner.For more information, contact Todd Staley at tstaley@iwrna.com or call 314-633-4958.

Avison Young-St. Louis Names Brian Kelley a Principal of the Firm

Brian Kelly

Avison Young-St. Louis announces Brian Kelley has joined the company as a Principal  of the firm. Kelley has over 13 years of commercial real estate experience and has worked with clients on both a national and local basis.

Kelley will use his expertise at Avison Young to work with clients in the areas of retail, office, industrial, multi-family and investment brokerage.

“This is an exciting opportunity with a firm that is growing rapidly in the St. Louis area. They have a winning approach that designs ways to add value to every property and process. I look forward to helping their team make the client experience as productive and easy as possible,” Kelley said.

George Convy, a founder of the Avison Young-St. Louis office, said, ““Brian comes to us with a wide breadth of commercial real estate experience. He practically grew up in the commercial real estate and construction business. Brian will have an immediate positive impact on our office, and will assist us in the planning and implementation of our future growth”.

A licensed commercial realtor in both Missouri and Illinois, Kelley’s experience includes overseeing leasing, negotiation, construction, and installation of space for numerous Edward Jones Investment locations. He has worked with Koman Properties Inc., and most recently served in a managerial role with Savoy Properties where he developed a portfolio to include office, warehouse, and retail spaces.

A native of St. Louis, Kelley attained a Master in Business Administration degree from Webster University and attended Arizona State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is a member of the Missouri Growth Association, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), serves on the alumni board of Chaminade College Preparatory School.

Avison Young-St. Louis—a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals—provides value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, industrial, investment and community properties. 

McGrath & Associates promotes Cindy Spriggs to Vice President, Finance

Cindy Spriggs

Cindy Spriggs has been promoted to Vice President, Finance at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Spriggs has been with McGrath & Associates for eight years, serving as Controller.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit www.mcgrathconstruction.com.

Northstar Management Company Hires New Associates

Northstar Management Company is proud to announce the addition of three new associates.

Jake Goss joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with nineteen years of total industry experience. Jake earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. In addition, he earned his Associate of Science in Construction Management at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL.

Scott R. Rushing joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with eighteen years of total industry experience. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kristin Gounis joins the Northstar team as Special Projects Coordinator with eighteen years of total industry experience.  Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Missouri State University – Springfield, MO.

Founded in 1998, Northstar Management Company is an independent Owner’s Representative/Program Management firm whose sole focus is guiding clients through successful construction projects.

April 27, 2018

 

S. M. Wilson Hires Chris Kopp as Project Manager and Michael Mounce as Project Engineer

Chris Kopp

S. M. Wilson & Co, has hired Chris Kopp as Project Manager and Michael Mounce as Project Engineer. Kopp will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Kopp has a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.B.A. from University of Missouri – St. Louis. He has 31 years of construction experience. As a project engineer, Mounce will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. He will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Michael Mounce

Mounce has 18 years of design and construction experience. He holds a B.A. and a Master of Architecture in Architecture from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. He also has his SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) Certification.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. S. M. Wilson posted $230 million in 2017 revenues and ranks 271 st in Engineering News-Record’s 2017 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com .

Jeff Patterson Named Chief Estimator for Murphy Company

Jeff Patterson

Jeff  Patterson has been promoted to chief estimator for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm.  The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, vice president, estimating. Patterson has worked in the industry nearly 30 years, with a strong emphasis on HVAC piping and ductwork. He joined the Murphy team in 2016 as an estimator. Prior to that, he managed a pre-construction services department and created design standards for sheet metal fabrication. He attended both St. Louis Technical School and St. Louis Community College.

Commenting on the promotion, Suiter said, “Jeff has done an exceptional job estimating and assembling complex projects.  His attention to detail, comprehensive design build knowledge and his passion for estimating will add value to our estimating group and long lasting sustainability to Murphy Company.”

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

 

First Multi-Family Residential Development in Laclede’s Landing

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More details emerge regarding 49 apartment homes taking shape as Peper Lofts at 701 N. 1st Street 

History is in the making in St. Louis’ oldest district, as work to transform the former Metro Transit headquarters building ramps up and Laclede’s Landing’s prepares to welcome the Peper Lofts as its first multi-family residential development.  Advantes Development acquired the historic six-story, 106,000 square foot Christian Peper building at 701 N. 1st Street last August and is now in the midst of $12 million renovation project. Upon completion later this year, the repurposed 120-year-old building will deliver 49 incredible apartment homes with dramatic views of the recently completed Gateway Arch grounds, the Mississippi River and the downtown St. Louis skyline. A key highlight of the redevelopment is a rooftop sundeck with clear glass safety railings, which will offer almost 360 degrees of unobstructed views.

“The Landing has long been known as a great place to dine and play, and over the years it has become home to a diverse mix of businesses, but this latest addition is adding a whole new dimension to St. Louis’ only riverfront entertainment/dining destination,” said John Clark, president of the Laclede’s Landing Community Improvement District. “Now, for the first time ever, The Landing will be a place to live, work and play, offering a truly unique lifestyle experience.”

The apartments will be located on floors three through six and feature impressive ceiling heights ranging from 10.5 feet to 18 feet, depending on the floor.  Historic timbers throughout the building are being preserved and will be a focal point in the individual units themselves as well as in the common areas. Open concept floor plans will facilitate easy flow within the apartments and ensure maximum exposure to the premium views. Residents will appreciate custom concrete floors, designer cabinetry, Quartz countertops, high end appliance packages, remote thermostatic controls and the in-unit washer and drier.

The rooftop sundeck will offer multiple areas for lounging and gathering, grill stations, and even incorporates a designated area just for residents’ dogs.  Additional amenities include keyless security and controlled access parking, while the building’s first floor will feature a coffee bar, fireplace lounge, professional workout facility and a business center.

The building itself is just steps away from the new north entrance to the renovated Gateway Arch Grounds, the St. Louis Riverfront Bike Trail, Lumiere Casino, the MetroLink Station and more than half a dozen existing local eateries, with more set to open over the next few months.

Ranging in size from 650 to 1,100 square feet, the building will feature a mix of 23 two-bedroom, one-bath units and 26 one-bedroom, one baths. In all, there will be 13 different floor plan options available. Rents will initially range from $900-$1,450 based on unit type, floor level and specific views.  Pre-sales are set to begin by the end of April. The first display units should be available for viewing by July 3rd, right in time for the Arch grounds and Landing to welcome tens of thousands of people as the renovated Gateway Arch Museum opens and the popular Fair St. Louis returns to the Riverfront.

“The Peper Lofts will be the perfect combination of modern living and rich history and will contribute to the overall revitalization of Laclede’s Landing that appears to be well underway,” said Brian Minges, president of Advantes Development. “While our project may be the first large-scale residential development on The Landing, we’re confident that it will be the first of many as other developers recognize what an incredible riverfront location this is and join us in making this nine-block area one of the city’s most sought after residential communities.”

Upon completion, 701 N. 1st Street will also be home to Abstrakt Marketing, which already occupies the building next door and will be taking the entire second floor in the renovated building, connecting it to their existing space to create a contiguous office footprint. Advantes is also in negotiations with potential tenants for the two remaining commercial spaces, which include 5,000 square feet on the south side of the first floor and 4,000 square feet on the lower level, which would be ideal for a casual dining space.

Advantes is serving as the developer and general contractor for the residential units and common areas of the building and M2 Architecture Studio is the architect. Abstrakt will be hiring its own contractor for the renovation of the 2nd floor.

A new website with all details for The Peper Lofts will debut in the coming weeks at www.peperlofts.com.   In the meantime, to learn more about Advantes Development, visit www.advantesdevelopment.com. To learn more about all the great experiences that can be found on Laclede’s Landing, visit www.lacledeslanding.com.

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 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.

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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.

IWR North America Announces Hire of Sean Hamlin

Sean Hamlin

Hamlin joins glass and glazing division as senior estimator

IWR North America, a leading building enclosure specialty contractor based in St. Louis, announces the hire of Sean Hamlin as senior estimator. In this position, Hamlin is responsible for glass and glazing pricing, proposals and preconstruction support services.

“Sean is a great asset to our team, and we are eager to have him with our company,” said Todd Staley, general manager of IWR North America. “His experience in analyzing and bidding project opportunities for design and construction is prevalent and necessary for our strategic initiatives.”

Hamlin, a predominant name in the industry, brings 11 years of commercial façade contracting to the company. The St. Louis area native both lived and worked in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest regions managing multiple national projects. Most recently, he was employed by Enclos Corp. as senior project manager. He previously worked at Cupples Inc. and Trainor Glass Company.

“I look forward to becoming part of a progressive company like IWR,” said Hamlin. “I’m eager to develop and implement effective strategies for IWR’s glass and glazing division.”

IWR North America launched its glass and glazing division in 2016 to enhance its existing building enclosure service offerings, and it is rapidly growing. Now as a single-source building enclosure partner, IWR North America offers its customers a complete exterior package, including design-assist, preconstruction, laser scanning, scheduling, in-house engineering, glass and glazing, and installation.

IWR North America, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is one of the longest standing specialty contractors in the United States with a focus on being a true building enclosure partner.For more information, contact Todd Staley at tstaley@iwrna.com or call 314-633-4958.

Avison Young-St. Louis Names Brian Kelley a Principal of the Firm

Brian Kelly

Avison Young-St. Louis announces Brian Kelley has joined the company as a Principal  of the firm. Kelley has over 13 years of commercial real estate experience and has worked with clients on both a national and local basis.

Kelley will use his expertise at Avison Young to work with clients in the areas of retail, office, industrial, multi-family and investment brokerage.

“This is an exciting opportunity with a firm that is growing rapidly in the St. Louis area. They have a winning approach that designs ways to add value to every property and process. I look forward to helping their team make the client experience as productive and easy as possible,” Kelley said.

George Convy, a founder of the Avison Young-St. Louis office, said, ““Brian comes to us with a wide breadth of commercial real estate experience. He practically grew up in the commercial real estate and construction business. Brian will have an immediate positive impact on our office, and will assist us in the planning and implementation of our future growth”.

A licensed commercial realtor in both Missouri and Illinois, Kelley’s experience includes overseeing leasing, negotiation, construction, and installation of space for numerous Edward Jones Investment locations. He has worked with Koman Properties Inc., and most recently served in a managerial role with Savoy Properties where he developed a portfolio to include office, warehouse, and retail spaces.

A native of St. Louis, Kelley attained a Master in Business Administration degree from Webster University and attended Arizona State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is a member of the Missouri Growth Association, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), serves on the alumni board of Chaminade College Preparatory School.

Avison Young-St. Louis—a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals—provides value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, industrial, investment and community properties. 

McGrath & Associates promotes Cindy Spriggs to Vice President, Finance

Cindy Spriggs

Cindy Spriggs has been promoted to Vice President, Finance at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Spriggs has been with McGrath & Associates for eight years, serving as Controller.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit www.mcgrathconstruction.com.

Northstar Management Company Hires New Associates

Northstar Management Company is proud to announce the addition of three new associates.

Jake Goss joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with nineteen years of total industry experience. Jake earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. In addition, he earned his Associate of Science in Construction Management at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL.

Scott R. Rushing joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with eighteen years of total industry experience. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kristin Gounis joins the Northstar team as Special Projects Coordinator with eighteen years of total industry experience.  Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Missouri State University – Springfield, MO.

Founded in 1998, Northstar Management Company is an independent Owner’s Representative/Program Management firm whose sole focus is guiding clients through successful construction projects.

April 27, 2018

 

S. M. Wilson Hires Chris Kopp as Project Manager and Michael Mounce as Project Engineer

Chris Kopp

S. M. Wilson & Co, has hired Chris Kopp as Project Manager and Michael Mounce as Project Engineer. Kopp will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Kopp has a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.B.A. from University of Missouri – St. Louis. He has 31 years of construction experience. As a project engineer, Mounce will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. He will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Michael Mounce

Mounce has 18 years of design and construction experience. He holds a B.A. and a Master of Architecture in Architecture from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. He also has his SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) Certification.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. S. M. Wilson posted $230 million in 2017 revenues and ranks 271 st in Engineering News-Record’s 2017 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com .

Jeff Patterson Named Chief Estimator for Murphy Company

Jeff Patterson

Jeff  Patterson has been promoted to chief estimator for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm.  The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, vice president, estimating. Patterson has worked in the industry nearly 30 years, with a strong emphasis on HVAC piping and ductwork. He joined the Murphy team in 2016 as an estimator. Prior to that, he managed a pre-construction services department and created design standards for sheet metal fabrication. He attended both St. Louis Technical School and St. Louis Community College.

Commenting on the promotion, Suiter said, “Jeff has done an exceptional job estimating and assembling complex projects.  His attention to detail, comprehensive design build knowledge and his passion for estimating will add value to our estimating group and long lasting sustainability to Murphy Company.”

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

April 20, 2018

John Dzarnowski Named President of FGM Architects Inc.

John Dzarnowski

FGM Architects announced that John Dzarnowski has been named President of the firm. John joined the firm in 2007 and has been integral to the growth of FGM’s municipal and recreation practices. Enhancing Communities by Creating Quality Environments is the mission of the firm and the cornerstone of John’s 30 year career in public architecture. FGM’s CEO, John Ochoa commented, “I’ve known John as an insightful, respected leader; FGM is in very good hands moving forward.”

FGM Architects FGM Architects has specialized in the planning and design of environments for work, study and play since 1945. From early strategic facilities planning through building and interior design to furniture selection, our team of more than 75 professionals supports the needs of our clients with a total commitment to service. We offer a unique combination of experience, talent and proximity to our clients. Commitment to service means approaching small renovation assignments with the same enthusiasm as large, highly visible projects. We build relationships as well as projects. www.fgmarchitects.com

David Murphy Named Project Manager at Drilling Service Co.

David Murphy

Murphy, who has worked at DSC for 13 years, was promoted from general labor foreman to project manager. He is part of the third generation of the Murphy family to work at the firm. He followed in a family tradition, by beginning his career at the 63-year-old company in a crafts position.

Other members of the Murphy family working at Drilling Service are: Mark Murphy, president; Jeffrey Murphy, executive vice president; Bruce Murphy, vice president; Michael Murphy, mechanic; Austin Murphy, laborer; and Alexander Murphy, Laborer

In his new position, Murphy will perform estimating and project management services. He will also be assisting the management team in setting and attaining the company’s yearly goals. David Murphy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Lindenwood University.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Crystal Moyer to Senior National Account Program Manager

Crystal Moyer

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Crystal Moyer of Eureka, MO to Senior National Account Program Manager. She was a National Account Manager for the past two years.

Western recently restructured its Marketing/Business Development/National Account Department into two main focuses – National Account Program and National Account Asset, each headed by a Senior Manager. Moyer will head the National Account Program and oversee a pair of National Account Managers.

Moyer and her team will focus on strategically identifying organizations they believe will be a good fit for national partnership and work with regional development teams to expand work with this client evenly across all branches, establish new accounts and manage the list of prospective accounts. Additionally, the team will create and modify the department’s go/no go process for continual evaluation of accounts, identify and implement Master Service Agreement options for accounts, and maintain and nurture the national contacts for each account.

Western launched its National Account Program in 2010 to provide property managers with a single-source for exterior repairs and restoration services on their nationwide facilities. Western has 30+ branch locations to serve their clients’ needs anywhere in the United States.

“What we are trying to do by restructuring our National Account Program is provide facility managers and owners with a single contact at Western to manage the building envelope maintenance on all of their facilities, no matter where they are in the country,” said Moyer. “This way the process becomes more streamlined and efficient for the facility manager.”

Moyer has 10 years of business development experience. Prior to Western, Moyer worked as Director of Employer Relations at Kaplan University in St. Louis, MO and as a Recruiter for Career Education Corporation in Fenton, MO.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Missouri Baptist University and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

CRG Announces New Senior Leadership Team

Shawn Clark

CRG today announced the appointment of Shawn Clark as group president effective immediately. Clark, former Vice President of Finance at CRG and son of Clayco CEO and Chairman Bob Clark, has over a decade of experience in the real estate industry with a focus on project and fund-level financing activity.  Former President Chris McKee will assume the role of Chief Development Officer and Bob Clark will take on duties of Chief Executive Officer.

“CRG is a culture-first developer focused on performance and providing real estate solutions to our clients. Our new leadership team represents the best in the business with proven track record for delivering results,” Clayco CEO and Chairman Bob Clark said. “I am honored that Shawn is leading CRG is this capacity and playing such an important role with an accomplished team of senior leaders that reflects the strength and diversity of our organization.”

CRG is the private real estate development arm of Chicago-based Clayco that buys, develops and operates real estate assets.  CRG’s total revenue grew nearly 18 percent to $484.5 million last year, up from $412 million in 2016.

Earlier this year, CRG launched three new industrial projects in top tier markets across the United States. The Cubes at DuPont is master planned as a 1.6 million square foot institutional quality business park on the former Intel campus in DuPont, Washington. The Cubes at Etna 70 is a 155-acre land development is centrally located in Etna Township in Columbus, Ohio and The Cubes at Inland 85 is a 324-acre site in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

Last summer, CRG completed the Everly on the Loop, a 14-story student high-rise building on the east end of the Delmar Loop. Currently, CRG has two multi-family developments underway in Chicago’s Uptown and Bucktown neighborhoods.

Shawn Clark is the founder of Illumination; an immersive theatrical event that raises money for rare disease research and Co-Chair of the associate board for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Seasoned Client-Side Veteran Joins Crb’s Business Development And Strategy Team

Ralph Grant

Ralph Grant, a chemical engineer with 28 years of experience leading high-performing project teams, has joined CRB’s Central region as the director of business development. Grant’s strong engineering skills and personal interests as an award-winning photographer and painter are the perfect mix of science and art that will benefit business development at CRB. These skills bring an understanding of client needs in the evolving world of engineering consulting and sourcing of capital projects.

Grant was previously the senior director of engineering at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, managing capital strategy for its generics businesses. He has worked in many market segments, including engineering consulting, construction, process safety, skid fabrication, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, food, beverage and dairy. Grant has executed hundreds of projects, aligning business with capital strategy and finding economic solutions to technical engineering problems.

“In my previous position, working with CRB helped me be successful on many projects. I’m excited to be a part of CRB’s culture of technical excellence, entrepreneurialism and relentless pursuit of success,” Grant said.

Grant will focus on cultivating relationships with new and existing clients—getting to know their strengths and opportunities. He will address their needs by accessing CRB’s deep bench of experts in engineering, consulting and construction. While Grant will be based in St. Louis, he will support clients in the nine-state region and clients who have offices abroad.

“Ralph brings a keen strategic eye to his work that is pragmatic yet always creative. We have witnessed his talents when partnering with him on projects over the past 10 years,” Central Region Leader Tim Greenwald, said. “We are thrilled to have his innovative thinking and dry wit as part of our entrepreneurial team. I’m confident our clients will find tremendous value in his expertise.”

CRB is a full-service network of engineers, architects, constructors and consultants, assisting advanced technology organizations in the planning, design, construction and operational support of facilities across the globe. For more information, visit crbusa.com.

Midas Hospitality Promotes Lucinda Fryman to Corporate Director of Revenue Management

Lucinda Fryman

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently promoted Lucinda Fryman to Corporate Director of Revenue Management.

In this position, Fryman will oversee the revenue management team while providing direction and leadership that is in accordance with the company’s mission.  She will also be responsible for training, systems and standards in order to achieve growth and innovation.  Fryman will oversee the development, execution, and measurement of the organization’s strategic planning for all market segments and revenue streams.

Fryman has more than 20 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to this position, she served as the Director of Revenue Management at Midas Hospitality.  She previously held directorial and managerial positions at various properties owned by Hilton Hotels Worldwide.

“Lucinda has played an integral role at Midas Hospitality for more than six years, and this promotion is to acknowledge her hard work, industry expertise and skillset to further enhance our hotel revenue performance,” said Kurt Furlong, EVP Sales & Marketing and Principal.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

The Staenberg Group Acquires Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield, MO

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Property will be Transformed to Unique Entertainment, Shopping and Dining Destination 

The Staenberg Group (TSG), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, has announced the acquisition of Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield, Missouri, an affluent suburb of St. Louis. The shopping center, located in the Chesterfield Valley on North Outer 40 Road, is currently comprised of approximately 300,000 square feet of outlet retail space.  TSG plans to transform the outlet center into a destination with exhilarating entertainment, innovative dining and unique shopping.

“This acquisition allows us the opportunity to deliver an exciting, vibrant entertainment destination unlike any other,” says Timothy Lowe, vice president of leasing and development for The Staenberg Group.  “With a highly creative mix of attractions, there will be nothing else like this in the St. Louis market. Visitors will be immersed in a unique mix of fun, food, and style — all in one easily accessible location.”

During the estimated 12-month transition phase, the outlet property will be renamed Chesterfield Outlets, and customers will continue to find their favorite outlet shops.

“Our impressive portfolio of properties, including Chesterfield Commons, one of the most successful power center developments, underscores our ability and commitment to develop and sustain thriving retail centers,” says Michael H. Staenberg, president and founder of The Staenberg Group. “Our in-depth knowledge of the Chesterfield market, coupled with an exceptional working relationship with city officials, positions this project as a game-changer.”

The Staenberg Group develops, leases and manages commercial properties throughout the country. The company and its principal have developed, leased and managed a portfolio of more than 200 shopping centers comprising in excess of 35 million square feet of quality retail space, including over 1,000 restaurants and 1,000 retail transactions, across the United States.

TSG Properties is a full service commercial real estate development company that owns, manages and leases shopping centers throughout the heartland. The firm offers a complete menu of development and leasing services including site selection, design, build, acquisition, investment and partnership opportunities for shopping centers. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, TSG Properties is headed by industry leader Michael Staenberg, who has developed, leased and managed a portfolio of over 100 properties comprising 20,000,000+ square feet of retail space across the US. 

Building Careers

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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.

S. M. Wilson Hires Chris Kopp as Project Manager and Michael Mounce as Project Engineer

Chris Kopp

S. M. Wilson & Co, has hired Chris Kopp as Project Manager and Michael Mounce as Project Engineer. Kopp will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Kopp has a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.B.A. from University of Missouri – St. Louis. He has 31 years of construction experience. As a project engineer, Mounce will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. He will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Michael Mounce

Mounce has 18 years of design and construction experience. He holds a B.A. and a Master of Architecture in Architecture from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. He also has his SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) Certification.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. S. M. Wilson posted $230 million in 2017 revenues and ranks 271 st in Engineering News-Record’s 2017 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com .

Jeff Patterson Named Chief Estimator for Murphy Company

Jeff Patterson

Jeff  Patterson has been promoted to chief estimator for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm.  The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, vice president, estimating. Patterson has worked in the industry nearly 30 years, with a strong emphasis on HVAC piping and ductwork. He joined the Murphy team in 2016 as an estimator. Prior to that, he managed a pre-construction services department and created design standards for sheet metal fabrication. He attended both St. Louis Technical School and St. Louis Community College.

Commenting on the promotion, Suiter said, “Jeff has done an exceptional job estimating and assembling complex projects.  His attention to detail, comprehensive design build knowledge and his passion for estimating will add value to our estimating group and long lasting sustainability to Murphy Company.”

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

 

April 20, 2018

John Dzarnowski Named President of FGM Architects Inc.

John Dzarnowski

FGM Architects announced that John Dzarnowski has been named President of the firm. John joined the firm in 2007 and has been integral to the growth of FGM’s municipal and recreation practices. Enhancing Communities by Creating Quality Environments is the mission of the firm and the cornerstone of John’s 30 year career in public architecture. FGM’s CEO, John Ochoa commented, “I’ve known John as an insightful, respected leader; FGM is in very good hands moving forward.”

FGM Architects FGM Architects has specialized in the planning and design of environments for work, study and play since 1945. From early strategic facilities planning through building and interior design to furniture selection, our team of more than 75 professionals supports the needs of our clients with a total commitment to service. We offer a unique combination of experience, talent and proximity to our clients. Commitment to service means approaching small renovation assignments with the same enthusiasm as large, highly visible projects. We build relationships as well as projects. www.fgmarchitects.com

David Murphy Named Project Manager at Drilling Service Co.

David Murphy

Murphy, who has worked at DSC for 13 years, was promoted from general labor foreman to project manager. He is part of the third generation of the Murphy family to work at the firm. He followed in a family tradition, by beginning his career at the 63-year-old company in a crafts position.

Other members of the Murphy family working at Drilling Service are: Mark Murphy, president; Jeffrey Murphy, executive vice president; Bruce Murphy, vice president; Michael Murphy, mechanic; Austin Murphy, laborer; and Alexander Murphy, Laborer

In his new position, Murphy will perform estimating and project management services. He will also be assisting the management team in setting and attaining the company’s yearly goals. David Murphy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Lindenwood University.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Crystal Moyer to Senior National Account Program Manager

Crystal Moyer

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Crystal Moyer of Eureka, MO to Senior National Account Program Manager. She was a National Account Manager for the past two years.

Western recently restructured its Marketing/Business Development/National Account Department into two main focuses – National Account Program and National Account Asset, each headed by a Senior Manager. Moyer will head the National Account Program and oversee a pair of National Account Managers.

Moyer and her team will focus on strategically identifying organizations they believe will be a good fit for national partnership and work with regional development teams to expand work with this client evenly across all branches, establish new accounts and manage the list of prospective accounts. Additionally, the team will create and modify the department’s go/no go process for continual evaluation of accounts, identify and implement Master Service Agreement options for accounts, and maintain and nurture the national contacts for each account.

Western launched its National Account Program in 2010 to provide property managers with a single-source for exterior repairs and restoration services on their nationwide facilities. Western has 30+ branch locations to serve their clients’ needs anywhere in the United States.

“What we are trying to do by restructuring our National Account Program is provide facility managers and owners with a single contact at Western to manage the building envelope maintenance on all of their facilities, no matter where they are in the country,” said Moyer. “This way the process becomes more streamlined and efficient for the facility manager.”

Moyer has 10 years of business development experience. Prior to Western, Moyer worked as Director of Employer Relations at Kaplan University in St. Louis, MO and as a Recruiter for Career Education Corporation in Fenton, MO.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Missouri Baptist University and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

CRG Announces New Senior Leadership Team

Shawn Clark

CRG today announced the appointment of Shawn Clark as group president effective immediately. Clark, former Vice President of Finance at CRG and son of Clayco CEO and Chairman Bob Clark, has over a decade of experience in the real estate industry with a focus on project and fund-level financing activity.  Former President Chris McKee will assume the role of Chief Development Officer and Bob Clark will take on duties of Chief Executive Officer.

“CRG is a culture-first developer focused on performance and providing real estate solutions to our clients. Our new leadership team represents the best in the business with proven track record for delivering results,” Clayco CEO and Chairman Bob Clark said. “I am honored that Shawn is leading CRG is this capacity and playing such an important role with an accomplished team of senior leaders that reflects the strength and diversity of our organization.”

CRG is the private real estate development arm of Chicago-based Clayco that buys, develops and operates real estate assets.  CRG’s total revenue grew nearly 18 percent to $484.5 million last year, up from $412 million in 2016.

Earlier this year, CRG launched three new industrial projects in top tier markets across the United States. The Cubes at DuPont is master planned as a 1.6 million square foot institutional quality business park on the former Intel campus in DuPont, Washington. The Cubes at Etna 70 is a 155-acre land development is centrally located in Etna Township in Columbus, Ohio and The Cubes at Inland 85 is a 324-acre site in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

Last summer, CRG completed the Everly on the Loop, a 14-story student high-rise building on the east end of the Delmar Loop. Currently, CRG has two multi-family developments underway in Chicago’s Uptown and Bucktown neighborhoods.

Shawn Clark is the founder of Illumination; an immersive theatrical event that raises money for rare disease research and Co-Chair of the associate board for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Seasoned Client-Side Veteran Joins Crb’s Business Development And Strategy Team

Ralph Grant

Ralph Grant, a chemical engineer with 28 years of experience leading high-performing project teams, has joined CRB’s Central region as the director of business development. Grant’s strong engineering skills and personal interests as an award-winning photographer and painter are the perfect mix of science and art that will benefit business development at CRB. These skills bring an understanding of client needs in the evolving world of engineering consulting and sourcing of capital projects.

Grant was previously the senior director of engineering at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, managing capital strategy for its generics businesses. He has worked in many market segments, including engineering consulting, construction, process safety, skid fabrication, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, food, beverage and dairy. Grant has executed hundreds of projects, aligning business with capital strategy and finding economic solutions to technical engineering problems.

“In my previous position, working with CRB helped me be successful on many projects. I’m excited to be a part of CRB’s culture of technical excellence, entrepreneurialism and relentless pursuit of success,” Grant said.

Grant will focus on cultivating relationships with new and existing clients—getting to know their strengths and opportunities. He will address their needs by accessing CRB’s deep bench of experts in engineering, consulting and construction. While Grant will be based in St. Louis, he will support clients in the nine-state region and clients who have offices abroad.

“Ralph brings a keen strategic eye to his work that is pragmatic yet always creative. We have witnessed his talents when partnering with him on projects over the past 10 years,” Central Region Leader Tim Greenwald, said. “We are thrilled to have his innovative thinking and dry wit as part of our entrepreneurial team. I’m confident our clients will find tremendous value in his expertise.”

CRB is a full-service network of engineers, architects, constructors and consultants, assisting advanced technology organizations in the planning, design, construction and operational support of facilities across the globe. For more information, visit crbusa.com.

Midas Hospitality Promotes Lucinda Fryman to Corporate Director of Revenue Management

Lucinda Fryman

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently promoted Lucinda Fryman to Corporate Director of Revenue Management.

In this position, Fryman will oversee the revenue management team while providing direction and leadership that is in accordance with the company’s mission.  She will also be responsible for training, systems and standards in order to achieve growth and innovation.  Fryman will oversee the development, execution, and measurement of the organization’s strategic planning for all market segments and revenue streams.

Fryman has more than 20 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to this position, she served as the Director of Revenue Management at Midas Hospitality.  She previously held directorial and managerial positions at various properties owned by Hilton Hotels Worldwide.

“Lucinda has played an integral role at Midas Hospitality for more than six years, and this promotion is to acknowledge her hard work, industry expertise and skillset to further enhance our hotel revenue performance,” said Kurt Furlong, EVP Sales & Marketing and Principal.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

April 13, 2018

Gary Hahn

Gary Hahn joins Subsurface Constructors, Inc. as Business Development Manager for the North Central Region

Subsurface Constructors is excited to announce the opening of our third satellite location with an office in Minneapolis, MN. Gary Hahn, P.E.  was recently hired to be the Business Development Manager – North Central Region, covering primarily Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. Having a business development manager and geotechnical/structural engineer in this region will allow us to better support engineers, contractors, and owners in the decision making process when it comes to soft soil construction projects.

Gary grew up in Milwaukee, WI and attended the University of Minnesota. Following graduation from the University of Minnesota in 2009, Gary worked in geotechnical consulting and special inspections and construction materials testing for nearly 4 years in both Milwaukee, WI and Minneapolis, MN. From 2013 until early 2018 he worked as a structural design engineer and project manager in Minneapolis.  He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and young son.  He is an avid golfer as well as marathoner, ultra-marathoner and triathlete.

Subsurface Constructors has served the construction industry for over 100 years in Missouri and adjacent states, bringing innovative, cost-conscious and practical approaches to design and construction of deep foundations, earth retention systems and ground improvement. 

Bloomsdale Excavating Announces New Executive Leadership Team Member – Pete Buback Rejoins Company

Pete Buback

Bloomsdale, MO – Bloomsdale Excavating has announced longtime industry veteran, Pete Buback will rejoin the company as Executive Vice President after spending the previous six years with sister company, Nexus Construction Service Group.  Pete originally joined Bloomsdale Excavating in 2004 as Regional Manager of the St. Louis region and for eight years served in a variety of roles.  In 2012, he was one of the founding members of Nexus Construction Service Group, as Vice President of Business Development focusing on constructability analysis, budgeting & estimating, GPS file building, site civil construction management and owner’s representation to a variety of owners and general contractors in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.

As Executive Vice President, Pete will oversee all day-to-day business operations, implement corporate business plans, interact with top priority clients, and evaluate organizational success, among other responsibilities.

According to Scott Drury, President of Bloomsdale Excavating, “We are excited to have Pete rejoin the Bloomsdale Excavating side of our business.  He has been instrumental in our growth both with Nexus Construction Service Group and Bloomsdale Excavating prior to that.  His re-joining is a result of our long term strategic vision for growth and our focus on setting the bar in the industry.

Pete’s college education at Missouri University of Science & Technology (former University of Missouri-Rolla) has seen his career cover working for civil engineering firms, home builders and excavation and grading contractors in project and executive capacities.  Through Nexus Construction Service Group, Pete has recently been instrumental in projects such as the Washington University East End Campus Transformation project in St. Louis, Stanberry Reclamation project near St. Joseph, MO and Marketplace West in Rolla, MO.

Bloomsdale Excavating, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heptacore, Inc., founded in 1946 by Marvin Drury provides excavation, grading, site utility and concrete services for the residential/ commercial, quarry/mining, landfill, public construction sectors.  Bloomsdale provides construction services across Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas.

MHS Legacy Group Announces Hire of New Chief Financial Officer

Joseph Huss

Joseph F. Huss brings years of experience and leadership to new role

MHS Legacy Group, a national holding company of specialty contractors based in St. Louis, announces the hire of Joseph F. Huss as Chief Financial Officer. Huss brings a diverse and deep background in all areas of executive financial management with success at building and leading a high-performance finance organization.

“We are very excited to have Joe join the MHS family,” said Walt Hatfield, president of MHS Legacy Group. “His forward-thinking and creative approaches to our financial functions will be a great addition to our company as we continue to grow.”

Most recently, Huss was the CFO at a biodiesel manufacturing company in south Roxana, Ill. Throughout his extensive career, Huss was responsible for financial reporting and treasury functions, cash flow forecasting and budgeting, coordination with outside legal/tax counsel, management of banking relations, risk management, employee benefit programs and much more. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

MHS Legacy Group was founded in 1895 in St. Louis and holds a diverse group of specialty contracting companies in the roofing, custom metal fabrication, building enclosure and glazing, and industrial scaffolding industries. For more information, visit www.mhslegacygroup.com.

MC Hotel Construction Hires Director of Operations

Randy Wild has more than 25 years of commercial construction and business experience

Randy Wild

MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, recently hired Randy Wild as Director of Operations.  In this position, Wild will create and implement procedures, as well as manage and supervise daily operations.  He will oversee business development, monitor financial oversight, and cultivate both vendor and subcontractor relationships.  Wild’s responsibilities include maintaining and enforcing the corporation’s safety programs to ensure OSHA compliance.  He also will oversee job safety site practices.

Wild has more than 25 years of commercial construction and business experience.  Prior to joining MC Hotel Construction, he founded and eventually sold Paragon Certified Restoration, one of the area’s largest disaster recovery and restoration businesses with offices in Swansea, Ill., Columbia and St. Louis, Mo.

“Randy’s ability to face challenges by developing cutting edge solutions makes him an integral asset to our management team,” said Jim Heinz, Vice President.  “He is the perfect fit when it comes to our mission of providing excellent hotels for our clients, and we look forward to incorporating his vision of growth and opportunity into our future.”

MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, MO, specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states.  MC Hotel Construction builds for leading brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Starwood and Legacy Suites.  For more information, call (314) 339-6600 or visit http://www.mchotelconstruction.com

 

Gateway Commerce Marks 20 Years, 15 Million Square Feet of Bulk Distribution Development

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By Kerry Smith, Editor – St. Louis Construction News & Review Magazine 

As Gateway Commerce Center celebrates the 20th anniversary of the arrival of its very first warehouse-distribution tenant, developers of the 2,300-acre bulk distribution park in Madison County, IL are reflecting back on its genesis, its progress and its unique space in the market.

April 2018 officially marks two decades from the park’s official opening.

TriStar Companies is the park’s developer and has been since day one. The idea for creating the large-scale development emerged from the mind of Rod Thomas, TriStar chairman, according to Michael Towerman, the company’s president.

“This was absolutely Rod Thomas’ vision from the beginning,” Towerman said. “We first began assembling the land in September 1996. The first transaction was signed in April1997, and that was the Dial (Corp.) lease. Dial was our first tenant at the park and opened in April 1998. Dial remains with us today.”

With regard to sheer capacity, Towerman says Gateway Commerce Center has built 15.25 million square feet of development with the capability to facilitate a build-out of approximately eight million more square feet. “Our tenant size usually ranges from 350,000 square feet on the low side to 750,000 square feet on the high side, though we have buildings as large as 1.3 million square feet,” he said. “We also have some smaller capacity available.”

Putting Gateway Commerce Center in context with the St. Louis MSA’s various offerings in terms of bulk distribution sites, Towerman says in 2017 approximately four million square feet of new bulk warehouse space was built. “If we (Gateway) got 100 percent of the market, we’d be full in two years, but that’s not going to happen. As long as we don’t get an economic downturn, our submarket will continue to attract about 500,000 square feet to 750,000 square feet per year, maybe a little bit more. Some readers may think I’m a bit pessimistic, but (former Federal Reserve Chairman) Alan Greenspan said a few years ago that we’re living in a period of ‘irrational exuberance.’ That’s kind of how I feel now about where we are. The bell doesn’t go off before a downturn. It takes eight months to develop an industrial building, and two to three years to build and lease an apartment complex. If you started (construction) when you thought the market was pretty good, it’s almost like, ‘Gee, I think I built one or two too many’ at some point. That’s the speculative nature of what we do,” he added.

Amazon’s ambitious development of fulfillment centers in Gateway Commerce Center and elsewhere is an anomaly rather than the norm, according to Towerman.

“While e-commerce has driven a lot of construction and leasing over the last four years, if you take Amazon out of the St. Louis market, you take out 1.5 million square feet to 1.9 million square feet – or about 2.75 million square feet of absorption – out of the equation,” he said. “If you subtract that number out of what has been built in St. Louis over the last couple of years, you’d see a very different picture.”

One commercial construction company that has and is building a significant amount of product in Gateway Commerce Center is Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction. The firm has built more than 4.8 million square feet in Gateway Commerce Center, and by the close of 2019, the contractor will have completed 6.8 million square feet in the park. Contegra President Eric Gowin says his company has built four bulk distribution projects in a row within Gateway Commerce Center and is the shell building contractor for two million-square-foot buildings that are currently under construction within Gateway for World Wide Technology, both of which will be completed next year.

“We’ve been building and leasing these projects one at a time for TriStar,” Gowin said. “We adjust each for the site and according to marketplace demand at the time. Each is similar in size and scope. We’ve been replicating what’s been working in meeting the demand.”

Towerman says there’s no doubt that e-commerce is the key driver. A still-expanding U.S. population of consumers buying online and expecting their goods to be delivered more quickly that ever before adds up to the certainty of a flourishing demand for warehouse space well into the future, he added.

“Another factor is aging warehousing stock,” Towerman said. “In the Northeast, there’s an old supply of warehouse space,” said Towerman. “The average age of warehouse facilities in the Northeast is much older than in the Southwest or Midwest. Thus, those older facilities don’t work as well. They don’t offer the specifications necessary for e-commerce such as 36-foot ceiling clearance heights, compared to 28-foot heights which had previously been the norm.” The older buildings in the Northeast, built in the mid-1990s, have ceiling heights ranging from as low as 15 feet to 22 feet, he said.

Towerman references a study performed in September 2016 by real estate logistics expert Prologis that reveals online retailers need approximately 1.2 million square feet of warehouse space per every one billion dollars of online sales – three times the distribution center space required for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. According to Prologis’ research, there are four unique business characteristics of online order fulfillment that are driving this space requirement: extensive product variety, greater inventory levels, larger outbound shipping space requirements and increased reverse logistics (also known as process returns).

“We (Gateway Commerce Center) will continue to see an increase in warehouse demand until we hit a saturation point,” Towerman said. “I think as long as there are no macroeconomic eruptions – such as wars and trade wars – I think we’ll see continued expansion in industrial bulk distribution warehouse development. We’re not a port town, we’re not Atlanta or L.A., but we get our share of development. We have our place in the supply chain but we’ll never see the peaks and valleys.”

According to the State of Illinois’ Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Gateway Commerce Center’s enterprise zone – an economic incentive sanctioned by the state, Madison County and local municipalities that offers companies to apply for property tax abatement, sales tax exemption and more as an incentive to locate, expand or retain their presence in the park – is one of the most successful enterprise zones in the state, as measured by total number of jobs created and real estate investment.

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