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St. Louis Design & Construction Industry Help with Autism Awareness

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April kicks off World Autism Awareness Month with the St. Louis design and construction industry lending a hand in giving St. Louis a distinct “blue hue.”  On April 2, 2017, St. Louis will join Autism Speaks’ worldwide “Light it up Blue” awareness campaign by lighting numerous structures and landmarks blue.  Companies and organizations participating in the effort by either lighting their office or assisting in lighting structures include HOK, Illuminating Engineering Society St. Louis; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1; Lighting Associates, Inc., and St. Louis Lighting Group.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is diagnosed in one out of 68 children.

To date, local structures and landmarks that will be lit blue on April 2nd include:

  • James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 union hall in South St. Louis
  • Express Scripts in North St. Louis County
  • The Magic House, Kirkwood
  • Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis, 13,700 Manchester Rd.
  • HOK, Downtown St. Louis
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Downtown St. Louis
  • Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park
  • MilliporeSigma, South St. Louis

 

Businesses and civic organizations interested in lighting their structures blue can visit the Autism Speaks web site for information on blue filters at https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2013/03/01/light-it-blue-rosco-color-filters

In addition to lighting St. Louis blue, many in the community will be wearing blue clothing or showcasing the color blue in some way. To learn more on how to participate, visit www.lightitupblue.org or call the St. Louis Chapter of Autism Speaks at 314-989-1003.

Autism Speaks will kick off Autism Awareness Month on Saturday April 1, 2016 with a family fun event at Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis at 13,700 Manchester Road.  The 10 a.m. to noon event will include local resource vendors, sensory friendly activities, food, and more.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The CDC has called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. For more information, visit www.autismspeaks.org.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Museum Store Opens

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As a key component of the CityArchRiver led national monument museum renovation, the new Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Museum Store captivates visitors with its vastness and light. Its design ties seamlessly into the Arch Lobby; modern yet approachable, a space worthy of representing the St. Louis Arch. The quality of the space and clear-span expanse disguises the store’s subterranean setting.

The store’s central location, and advanced construction schedule relative to the larger museum project, proved to be a complex task. Trivers guided the design and construction of the retail white-box through the many multifaceted coordination concerns innate to an infill project within a still continuously operating national monument and visitor center.

Unknown to many is the complexity of what lies beneath. The design team took what originally had been an IMAX theatre and inserted three new programmatic levels of storage, employee offices, and the museum store itself.

Trivers partnered with Cooper Robertson on the white-box scope and Anderson Hallas on the construction administration fit-out of the 4,000 SF space.

 

McGrath Completes Construction on New St. Louis Heart & Vascular Center

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McGrath & Associates has completed construction on the new $5.6 million St. Louis Heart and Vascular, a high-tech ambulatory surgery center and medical office facility at 3550 McKelvey Road in Bridgeton, Missouri.

McGrath installed a new exterior skin on the existing 21,000-square-foot two-story building, removed roof overhangs and raised the parapet walls to increase the building height.

The interior of the facility was fully renovated with high-end wall and floor finishes, and a glass and stainless steel stairway. The first floor features a catheterization lab/operating room with pre- and post-op recovery rooms, which double as sleep study rooms with Murphy beds. The second floor includes the cardiac physicians’ offices and exam rooms and a PET/CT scanner.

The Marcus Organization was the developer. Bates Associates was the local architect, Innersite was the interior designer and Vanderweil Engineering served as the engineer.

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

Tarlton Corp. Completes New Softball Stadium at University of Missouri

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Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, completed construction on a new softball stadium for the Missouri Tigers softball team at University of Missouri, in Columbia.

To celebrate its new home and usher in the spring softball season, the team hosted the 2017 Mizzou Tournament on March 3, 4 and 5, welcoming top talent from around the country at the new stadium. Situated in the Mizzou Sports Park, the facility is east of Hearnes Center and visible from Stadium Boulevard. It replaces University Field.

Tarlton, which served as construction manager for the $17.5 million project financed primarily by private gifts, also provided preconstruction services. The team constructed the 20,000-square-foot facility on what was a commuter parking lot, redeveloping and transforming the space into the new softball stadium that provides fans with a full-view concourse, outfield plaza and new surface parking lot with more than 500 spaces. Work was completed March 2 and began March 1, 2016, following construction of a separate, nearby university parking lot.

The structural steel-framed building stands on a concrete foundation with a concrete slab and metal deck and aluminum grandstands. It includes a press box, concessions, heated dugouts, a locker room with video capabilities and meeting room for coaches. The venue also features lawn seating on a berm beyond the outfield wall for additional spectators.

Safety during construction was paramount, according to Cameron Denison, Tarlton senior project manager, and the project logged no recordable safety incidents. “The team demonstrated a high level of commitment to project safety, as the construction site was situated in the middle of the parking area used for home basketball and football games,” Denison said. “We worked closely with the university’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to secure the site and ensure safety for pedestrians and motorists attending other sporting events.”

In addition to Denison, the Tarlton team also included Matt Pfund, project executive; John Doerr, project director; Garett Plotts, P.E., senior project engineer; and Chad Hartman, project superintendent. Lempka Edson Architects in Overland Park, Kan., was project architect.

The softball stadium is Tarlton’s second project on the Columbia campus. The firm recently completed an expansion and renovations to Lafferre Hall, home of the university’s College of Engineering.

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.

Mayor Slay Signs Ordinance to Help Large Building Owners Reduce Energy Bills, Produce Cleaner Air, Generate Jobs

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St. Louis Joins National City Energy Project

The City of St. Louis is home to some of the most architecturally-stunning buildings in the country, but many of these grandiose structures are also the greatest energy users.

To address that problem, Mayor Francis Slay has signed legislation making the City of St. Louis the latest U.S. city to require annual benchmarking and transparency.

he Building Energy Awareness bill, sponsored by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, applies to existing municipal, commercial, and residential buildings 50,000 square feet or larger. There are approximately 900 such buildings throughout the City. Participating buildings will be phased in, starting with municipally-owned buildings this year, and expanding to include large commercial and multifamily residential buildings in 2018.

“Benchmarking” helps raise awareness of how much energy and water a building is using. By examining a building’s performance over time — and in sharing this data with the City and utilities — building owners can better understand how their properties use energy and track return on investment when it comes to reducing usage and cutting energy costs.

The goal of this tracking and information sharing by large-building owners is to encourage owners to implement energy-efficiency measures that will improve building performance, which also is a key component of the City’s overall climate protection initiative.

“In order for the City of St. Louis to be a sustainability leader and meet citywide climate protection targets, our building owners must aggressively pursue energy efficiency,” Mayor Slay said. “To ensure affordable financing is available for these projects, the City has developed an excellent tool to implement energy conservation measures: Set The PACE St. Louis. This new benchmarking ordinance will bring to light the information building owners need to make high-performance buildings in an economically-beneficial manner.”

The City of St. Louis was recently selected as a recipient of a national grant focused on energy efficiency in large buildings. The technical support and funding from the City Energy Project will allow the City to have the support of a new technical energy advisor, who will be able to assist building owners with the benchmarking efforts, as well as connect building owners to tools to save energy and money. The contracted position will be housed in the City’s Building Division. Applications will be accepted until March 24, 2017.

The City Energy Project, a joint initiative of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation, aims to enable $1.5 billion in annual energy savings nationwide by 2030. That translates to the equivalent of taking 1.4 million cars off the road.

“St. Louis is emerging as a leader in energy efficiency,” said Christina Angelides, co-director of the City Energy Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “The City has taken an important step to increase transparency and help drive energy efficiency activity in its largest buildings. By 2025, the ordinance is expected to save almost $8 million a year in energy costs for local businesses and residents, and reduce 15,000 cars-worth of greenhouse gas pollution.”

Some building owners already have begun to realize the benefits of benchmarking. For example, Anthem — a 9-story, 424,000 square-foot office building Downtown — realized $350,000 in annual energy savings after adjusting operations and taking advantage of energy efficiency investments. Also Downtown, the Missouri Athletic Club used the results of benchmarking to seek retrofits to its building, resulting in operational savings of $362,000 a year.

“By targeting large existing commercial buildings to benchmark their energy usage, we anticipate a win-win outcome, as buildings that implement energy efficiency measures will save on their utility costs, reduce GHG emissions, and likely create green jobs in the process,” Catherine Werner, Sustainability Director, said. “According to the City’s 2015 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, approximately 77 percent of citywide greenhouse gas emissions are from existing buildings. The vast majority of those are commercial buildings in the private sector.”

“Buildings remain the largest energy users in America, and a significant amount of that energy is wasted by inefficient operations, said Julie Hughes, co-director of the City Energy Project and Building Performance Policy Director of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). “The St. Louis benchmarking ordinance will bring transparency to the marketplace and give building owners, tenants, and investors the actionable information they need to cut waste and save money.”

“This city knows that tackling climate pollution from its largest source not only means public health and environmental benefits, but economic benefits as well. The St. Louis benchmarking legislation will help building owners reduce their operational costs and combat health-harming pollution, all while contributing to the City’s economy,” said Emily Andrews, Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council — Missouri Gateway Chapter, who will assist the City with implementing the City Energy Project award and benchmarking ordinance.

Building owners will have more than a year to comply with the benchmarking reporting requirements.

The City Energy Project is a national initiative from the Institute for Market Transformation and the Natural Resources Defense Council to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

MSD Bidding Raising Stink

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The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri is expressing “grave concern” about Metropolitan Sewer District’s (MSD) bidding integrity for tunneling projects in the $4.7 billion Project Clear wastewater improvement plan. At issue is what appears to be an attempt by MSD trustees to steer a validly awarded $145 million contract for the Deer Creek tunneling project from the lowest bidder to another firm that has already been awarded the first two of the eight tunneling projects for Project Clear.  Jay Dee/Frontier-Kemper (JDFK) Joint Venture was awarded the contract on Sept. 29, 2016.  However no work has been done on the project after MSD trustees inexplicably refused to follow the recommendation of its professional engineering and executive staff and chose not to enter the contract with JD/FK during a Dec. 8, 2016 meeting.  Despite reworking its bid to accommodate a request to substitute a minority contractor on the project (a contractor that was fully vetted and validated by MSD’s staff) and being awarded the contract a second time on Jan. 5, 2017, the contract approval by MSD trustees remains in doubt.

The invalidation of the contract and delays are tied to at least four protests and appeals of the award from SAK Construction – all of which have been reviewed and denied by MSD’s professional staff of engineers, procurement specialists and diversity personnel and the executive director.  SAK’s bid was nearly $2.5 million higher than JDFK’s.  SAK has also been awarded the two previous tunneling projects let.

On Feb 9, 2017, the Deer Creek Project again comes up before the MSD trustees, who could again go against its own staff’s recommendation and award the contract to SAK.

Below is a more thorough recap of events to date and attached documentation.

The integrity of the bidding process on one of the largest publicly-funded infrastructure projects in St. Louis is generating majors concerns in the construction industry, including the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri.  At issue is Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)’s $4.7 billion Project Clear, a 23-year project “to plan, design and build system wide improvements to address water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis community.” Project Clear is anything but clear when you examine how MSD trustees have handled the bidding on the $145 million Deer Creek tunneling project.  In a series of inexplicable decisions, trustees have gone against the recommendations of its professional design and engineering staff and voided a valid project award to the lowest bidder – Jay Dee/Frontier-Kemper (JDFK) Joint Venture.  While the project remains stalled, the trustee’s maneuvers stand to benefit SAK Construction, winner of the first two tunnel bids on Project Clear.

The MSD trustee’s muddling of the bid process inhibits the St. Louis area’s ability to attract highly qualified contractors to bid on projects, limiting competition and raising construction costs.  Livonia, Mich.-based Jay Dee Contractors, Inc. (www.jaydee.ushas more than 50-years of experience in proficiently delivering heavy underground tunneling work.  Its JV partner Evansville, Ind.-based Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc. (www.frontierkemper.comtraces its roots to 1907 and is equally proficient in national infrastructure projects.

The JDFK joint venture was among 11 contractors that invested countless hours to be pre-qualified for the Deer Creek project last spring (see attached May 24, 2016 pre-qualification approval letter).  JDFK then presented a highly detailed bid that met all of MSD’s specifications including business and workforce diversity, use of a highly skilled and safe workforce, pricing, technical skills and more.  JDFK’s bid was $145.3 million or $60 million below the MSD engineer estimate.  It was also the lowest bid – nearly $2.5 million lower than the bid SAK submitted.  JDFK’s proposal was thoroughly evaluated by MSD’s professional staff and it was awarded the contract on Sept. 29, 2016 (see attached notification of award letter).  From there, MSD trustees inexplicably began degrading the integrity of the bid process.  Consider the following:

  • In Sept and October 2016, SAK Construction sent protest letters to MSD questioning the validity of the contract awarded to JDFK and qualifications of JDFK’s minority contractors (including a minority contractor that SAK itself had used on previous projects).
  • On Oct. 13, 2016, MSD’s professional staff advised the MSD trustees to enter a contract with JDFK for the Deer Creek work based on its thorough vetting of its lowest bid proposal (see Oct. 13, 2016 Board Meeting Journal). The trustees wanted more information on minority contractors before contract was finalized.
  • On Nov. 8, 2016, MSD denied SAK’s protest of the contract award to JDFK (see attached Nov. 8, 2016 MSD SAK protest response).  JDFK submitted a follow up letter to MSD reinforcing that the sewer district followed all its policies and procedures in awarding the contract to JDFK, including a detailed timeline of its process (see Nov. 10, 2016 JDFK Protest Objection Letter).
  • On Nov 29, 2016, MSD reaffirmed its decision in denying a SAKs appeal of the sewer district’s Nov. 8, 2016 affirmation of JDFK’s contract award (see Nov. 29, 2016 MSD Protest Response).
  • On Dec. 8, 2016, MSD trustees inexplicably voted down the contract with JDFK by a 5-1 margin going against its professional staff’s recommendation, including its denial of SAK’s appeals (see Dec. 8, 2016 Board Meeting Journal). 
  • On December 9, 2016, the AGC of Missouri sent a letter to MSD expressing grave concerns over the integrity of MSD’s bidding process and its decision to deny the contract to JDFK.  That same day MSD sent two letters to JDFK.  One notifying JDFK that MSD was rescinding its contract award.  The other notifying JDFK that MSD objected to the use of minority contractor A.L.L. Construction and that it needed to find a substitute contractor.  JDFK responded on Dec. 23, 2016 that A.L.L. was fully qualified and that MSD was not following its procedures in rescinding the contract award.  JDFK followed the contract requirements and substituted A.L.L. and the resulting outcome was to increase its contract amount to minority contractors by $230,000 without increasing its overall bid.
  • On Jan. 5, 2017, MSD notified JDFK that it accepted its substitution and awarded it the Deer Creek contract.
  • On Jan. 10, 2017, SAK filed yet another protest of the contract award to JDFK.
  • On Jan. 17. 2017, MSD again denied SAK’s protest. That same day JDFK sent a letter to MSD stating the obvious:  SAK’s continuously invalidated protests are a ploy to get the Deer Creek project “by any means.”
  • On Jan 26, 2017 SAK filed another appeal of the denial of its protest.  MSD responded the next day denying the appeal

The project remains stalled for unknown reasons.  As of Jan 31, 2017, the MSD trustees refused to  approve a thoroughly vetted and validated lowest bid proposal from the eminently qualified joint venture team of JDFK.

It is unclear where MSD is headed, but it appears the trustees are contemplating an award the contract to SAK or rebidding the project.  Its next board meeting is Feb. 9, 2017 where it may decide the fate of the $145 million project without the full board of trustees present.  A list of MSD trustees can be found at http://www.stlmsd.com/our-organization/organization-overview/board-trustees.

The JDFK joint venture team would be happy to discuss the trials and tribulations of MSD’s muddled bid process as would the AGC of Missouri.  Please contact them if you have any questions.

Office Construction to Take Off in 2017

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The fourth quarter 2016 Office Market Report from Newmark Grubb Zimmer highlights two major office construction projects that are expected to get underway in 2017.

 

Clayco is expected to start developing a new campus for Pfizer in Chesterfield in mid-2017. The 31.8-acre build-to-suit campus will create 460,000-square-feet of research, development, and office space so the pharmaceutical company can consolidate its St. Louis employees in one location and have room to grow. Clayco looks to deliver the $200 million project by April 2020, which is when Pfizer’s lease at the Monsanto Chesterfield Research Center expires.

 

Clayco is expected to start construction of the $770 million Centene campus expansion in Clayton this month. Phase 1 of the four-phase plan consists of a 660,000-square-foot, 28-story office building with 700 parking, street-level retail, and a bridge connecting the new building to the company’s existing 20-story headquarters building.

 

Phase 2 consists of a seven-story structure with ground-floor retail, several levels of parking , and 120 apartments.

 

Phases 1 and 2 are scheduled for completion in 2019.

 

Phase 3, with a 2020 completion date, is a 21-story tower with 400,000-square-feet of office space on 16 floors topped by 120 units of corporate hotel rooms in five floors.

 

Preliminary plans for the fourth phase, for which no timeline has been announced, call for a 25-story office building.

 

Newmark Grubb Zimmer reported that the office vacancy rate in metro St. Louis dropped 240 basis points in 2016, from 13.8 percent to 11.4 percent, and absorbed nearly 1.1 million square feet.

 

“As 2016 came to a close, the St. Louis market remained one of the top locations for midmarket investments, as both leasing and sales interest remained strong throughout the year and should continue into 2017. New-to-market investors and local real estate entities continue to grow their St. Louis holdings via portfolio sales and key acquisitions of Class A and Class B properties. Redevelopment projects in the urban core will continue in 2017 and will include both the repositioning of office products and the conversion of office properties to mixed-use and residential offerings.”

Guarantee Electrical Company Completes New State-of-the-Art Recreation Center in O’Fallon, IL

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Student Athletes at McKendree University, Southern Illinois IceHawks youth hockey organization and the general public now have a new recreation center to call home in O’Fallon, IL.  The McKendree Metro Rec Plex recently opened to the McKendree University men’s & women’s hockey teams, giving them a new facility to call “home ice”. 

Soon the school’s swimming, diving, and water polo teams will likewise be calling the recreation center home in their Olympic and NCAA Championship caliber natatorium.  In total, the 160,000 square foot facility features two NHL-sized ice rinks, an aquatic center fit with a 10 lane championship swimming pool, a separate recreational pool, a contemporary fitness area including a half court gym, elevated walking track, free weights, cardio equipment, and many other amenities such as party room and conference facilities.  With more than two years of planning and design for the facility, the McKendree Metro Rec Plex will anchor the larger development on the 45 acre site known as The Four Points Center consisting of retail, hospitality, and professional office space.
 


Guarantee Electrical Company was instrumental in value engineering and identifying cost saving opportunities on the original electrical design.  This allowed the developer to recognize substantial savings towards the overall cost of the project.  For its part, GECO was the turnkey electrical contractor on the project providing all site civil electrical work, including rough-in for Ameren’s underground utility distribution and site lighting throughout the development; the electrical construction contractor on the building responsible for installing new switchgear, both normal and emergency power, providing a combined 5000 amp 480 volt service to the building through two incoming services; and the systems electrical contractor providing all fire alarm and control wiring for the Cimco ice equipment.  The entire facility comprises energy efficient LED lighting and lighting controls throughout.    

 

This project is very important to not only O’Fallon, IL but the surrounding communities and region for several reasons.  In addition to providing a new home for both youth and collegiate organizations, the public ice rink fills a void left from the indefinite closing of a Fairview Heights Ice Rink in 2012 and also provides a new fitness center for the general public including personal trainers, daycare and much more.

Electrical Connection Named Arcus Award Finalist by the St. Louis Regional Chamber

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The St. Louis region’s economic development organization is honoring the Electrical Connection for its corporate citizenship.  The St. Louis Regional Chamber has named the electrical industry labor-management partnership an Arcus Awards finalist for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  Winners of the Arcus Awards will be announced at a Feb. 23, 2017 gala event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

            The Electrical Connection is being saluted for a number of initiatives to improve the communities that its contractors and electricians serve.  Most recently, this has included helping energize a Ferguson, Mo. “Shop with a Cop” program on Dec. 17, 2016 while also increasing its support for the rural St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program on the same day.  The expansion of both programs came about when the Electrical Connection partnered with Saint Louis FC for a fundraiser during a July 31, 2016 soccer game, allowing the IBEW/NECA partnership to donate $5,000 to each program.  As a result, more than 500 disadvantaged children were served by the holiday giving and community trust building programs.  The Electrical Connection’s involvement in “Shop with a Cop” dates to 1993 when it first began supporting the St. Francois County program.  It has donated more than $54,000 to the program since.

Other Electrical Connection civic endeavors include:

  • Sponsoring the lighting of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium
  • A 13-year commitment donating more than $800,000 in labor/materials to Rebuilding Together St. Louis to improve more than 450 homes for low-income St. Louisans.
  • Since 2004, donating $1.5 million in services to Habitat for Humanity to safely wire more than 233 new homes.
  • Helping National Night Out make neighborhoods safe by donating more than $450,000 in materials/services to install security lighting in more than 850 St. Louis homes.
  • Donating new scoreboards, including installation, for several schools.
  • In 2015, sponsoring Saint Louis FC and the return of outdoor professional soccer to St. Louis.
  • Engaging more than 9,000 students in how STEM subjects translate into electrical careers through partnerships with the Saint Louis Science Center, Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles, Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and numerous school districts.
  • Active leadership to strengthen Missouri’s economy and communities including regional and statewide partnerships with the Hawthorn Foundation, Missouri Partnership, the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County, Missouri Energy Initiative, S. Green Building Council- Missouri Gateway Chapter, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter and more.

Finally, for more than 70 years, the IBEW/NECA industry-funded apprenticeship program has consistently delivered the best value in workforce development, free of charge and at no taxpayer expense, to meet the Missouri’s next generation electrical needs, including electric vehicles, cybersecurity and robotics.  Diversity is fully integrated into its programs.  Up to 37 percent of its apprentices in the last 10 classes have been minorities.  It also invests in the Regional Union Construction Center’s mission to create a more sustainable minority contracting community.

The Electrical Connection is among six organizations named finalists for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  Others include Accenture, Anders, Emmis St. Louis, Gateway to Innovation and Mastercard.  The Arcus Awards honors companies, organizations, or institutions who make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive place to live, work, and invest for all people. The St. Louis Regional Chamber will salute 56 companies across 10 categories that align with the Chamber’s purpose to inspire a greater St. Louis. Learn more at www.stlregionalchamber.com.

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

Pace Properties Sells The Boulevard-St. Louis in Richmond Heights, Mo.

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Edwards Realty Company and Condor Partners have formed a joint venture partnership to complete the purchase of The Boulevard St. Louis, a 200,000 square foot five-acre retail, luxury apartment and office enclave in Richmond Heights across from the St. Louis Galleria. The sale included the 4.8 acres south of the commercial development. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Edwards Realty Company is a privately held real estate investment and development firm based in Orland Park, Illinois and led by Edward Hassan, founding partner, and Ramzi Hassan, partner. Edwards Realty Company has over 25 years experience in retail, residential and mixed-use management and development and controls a $65 million commercial property portfolio. Sol Barket, formerly of St. Louis, heads Condor Partners. Barket as founding partner of Condor and with his prior company, Centrum Properties, has developed many retail and mixed-use projects from coast to coast including Creve Coeur Pavilion in St. Louis.

Since 2004 The Boulevard has been known as the premier lifestyle development in the St. Louis metropolitan area and is home to Missouri’s first Crate and Barrel store and Soft Surroundings’ first Missouri location, restaurants Maggiano’s Little Italy and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, along with Allegro at The Boulevard, 74 luxury residential apartments and a professional office complex. Page 2 of 2 The Boulevard St. Louis

“The purchase of The Boulevard is part of our strategy to enhance and add value to a mixed-use destination that is highly regarded as the epicenter of the market.,” said Edwards Realty Partner Ramzi Hassan. “The Boulevard is a great brand with tremendous growth and development potential, and we intend to implement strategies to unlock that potential immediately.”

Edwards and Condor are planning to advance the second phase to include an exciting mix of retail, restaurants, entertainment, office and residential uses that will give the residents and visitors of greater St. Louis a one-of-a kind experience where they can live, shop, dine and play. Edwards Realty Co. will oversee management and operations of the property. The marketing and leasing responsibilities for phase two will be shared between Mid-America Asset Management Company, a Chicago based retail real estate organization, and Pace Properties. Further announcements regarding The Boulevard will be forthcoming in the very near future.

The Boulevard St. Louis is located at Brentwood Boulevard & Galleria Parkway in Richmond Heights, MO 63117.

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