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HOK / PLP Architecture-Designed Francis Crick Institute Recognized As “Lab of the Year”

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The St. Louis and London offices of HOK are part of a design team that helped one of Europe’s largest biomedical translational research centers earn R&D Magazine’s 2017 Laboratory of the Year. The Francis Crick Institute, which opened last year in central London, was saluted by the research and development trade publication. HOK, led by the firm’s London and St. Louis practice, served as architect and ‎lead designer responsible for the institute’s overall design concept, lab planning, interior design and landscape architecture. PLP Architecture collaborated with HOK, leading the project through planning and shaping the building’s distinctive form and striking architectural expression.

Named after the scientist who helped discover the structure of DNA, the Francis Crick Institute represents a paradigm shift for biomedical research in the UK and the global research community. The 980,000-sq.-ft. building is home to a landmark partnership between the UK’s three largest funders of biomedical research—the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust—and three of its leading universities: University College London, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

“More than just sharing a building, these organizations have partnered as a diverse community of researchers working together in interdisciplinary teams,” said Bill Odell, FAIA, LEED AP, HOK’s firm-wide director of Science + Technology based in St. Louis.

The design encourages collaboration and interaction among multidisciplinary Crick researchers including biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians. The facility is divided into four lab neighborhoods connected by two atria that bring daylight into all of the labs and other spaces. The atria cross at the center of the building to create a hub with break areas, informal collaboration space, a large central stair and a concierge serving the entire floor.

“One of the Crick’s strategic priorities—‘pursue discovery without boundaries’—emphasizes the importance of its workplace environment,” said Odell. “Its researchers are encouraged to explore their scientific curiosities, with almost no idea being off limits.”

Glass walls allow for views into labs, promoting transparency and openness. Unless specific functions require closed walls, lab neighborhoods are open to encourage interaction. Walkways and informal meeting areas crisscross the main atrium and connect neighborhoods.

Designed with flexibility, lab neighborhoods can support rapid reconfiguration as research programs change. A centralized service distribution system enables a kit-of-parts approach in which predetermined components can be plugged into service spines in different combinations.

Now in its 51st year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging of the annual international competition was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design. A complete profile of the Francis Crick Institute is in the May/June 2017 issues of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design. More about the award can be found at this link.

 

About HOK

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

McCarthy Begins Construction of Transformative Project at Washington University in St. Louis

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Multi-building assignment will transform the east end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has started construction of a multi-building project that will transform the east end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus into a hub for state-of-the-art research and teaching, as well as a vibrant green space.

As construction manager, McCarthy will implement a comprehensive plan that includes the construction of three new academic buildings, two multi-use pavilions, an underground parking facility and a new expansive landscape. It also includes an expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

“These enhancements will expand the university’s capacity for academic programs, create opportunities for greater interdisciplinary interaction and transform the campus entrance,” says JD Long, associate vice chancellor for facilities planning & management at Washington University in St. Louis. “The project will advance the university’s academic mission while creating a more collaborative, welcoming campus environment.”

Major components of the east end transformation include:

  • Anabeth and John Weil Hall, an 82,100-sq.-ft. interdisciplinary building, will serve as the new front door to the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
  • The 25,500-sq.ft. Gary M. Sumers Welcome Center will house Undergraduate Admissions and Student Financial Services.
  • Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall is a 80,600-sq.-ft. building that will house the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.
  • The School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering will be located in the new James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall.
  • The new Ann and Andrew Tisch Park will provide a campus gathering place and expanded green space.
  • A 5,600-sq.-ft. addition to Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will enable the museum to showcase a larger portion of its world-class collection and expand its exhibition program.
  • The Craig and Nancy Schnuck Pavilion, an 18,000-sq.-ft. multi-use facility, will bring together a range of dining options, academic programs, the Office of Sustainability, and resources for pedestrian and bicycle commuters.
  • A new 790-space underground parking facility will provide convenient, safe and accessible parking.

“McCarthy is honored to partner with Washington University on this transformative project that will reshape the eastern end of the Danforth campus,” says McCarthy Project Director Ryan Moss. “Our team is uniquely skilled in coordinating the complex details and phasing to maximize quality, efficiency, safety and value for the university and broader St. Louis community.”

Reflecting Washington University’s strong commitment to the development of workforce diversity, the project team includes extensive participation of local certified minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE).

Sustainability is a high priority as well, with all new buildings targeting LEED Gold certification. Solar photovoltaic arrays located on many of the roofs will generate renewable electricity. High-efficiency heat recovery chillers will harvest waste heat for much of the heating needs, and the underground garage will be capped with a green roof to create a dynamic, car-free park above. The park’s landscape design features rain gardens with bio-retention, native plantings and a diverse tree canopy. Low-carbon transportation will be encouraged with a new bike commuter facility that includes showers and lockers, electric vehicle charging stations, and a network of bicycle and pedestrian pathways to link the campus to Forest Park and regional greenways.

The majority of the construction is anticipated to be completed prior to spring 2019 commencement.

Ongoing project updates and related resources are accessible at campusnext.wustl.edu.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. 

Ameren Missouri Proposes Plan for Solar Panels at Lambert Airport

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Energy produced will benefit customers

 

Ameren Missouri is taking off on a forward-thinking plan to increase the amount of solar energy available to customers. Today, the company announced plans for a new solar generation facility to be built at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Energy produced there would be available for its customers through the Community Solar Program.

“What better way to showcase that we’re a progressive region committed to finding innovative solutions to energy generation than by placing a large solar field at the airport,” said Mike Mueller, vice president of economic and technology development at Ameren. “Ameren Missouri continues to lead the way by investing in more clean energy delivered reliably and affordably to our customers.”

Customer Choice
The plan calls for Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), to build up to a one megawatt facility at Lambert. Once the plan is approved by city officials and state regulators, Ameren Missouri customers can sign-up for blocks of solar generated energy.

“This is a simple solution for customers to take part in solar generation,” said Dan Lidisky, director of technology and renewable development at Ameren. “Nothing is installed on a customer’s roof, and the experts at Ameren Missouri take care of maintaining the solar panels.”

The airport is an ideal location for solar panels. There is an abundance of open land that would otherwise go unused. Panels would be positioned away from runways and out of the line-of-sight of pilots taking off or coming in for a landing.

“We’re proud to be a part of this proposed project because St. Louis Lambert International Airport is heavily focused on impactful, environmentally sustainable projects and this is another positive piece that aligns with our mission,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, airport director.

How it Works
The program will be open to all Ameren Missouri residential and small business customers. Once the subscription period opens later this year, interested customers can sign up for 100 kilo-watt-hour blocks of solar generation capacity. Customers can subscribe for the equivalent of up to half of their average electric usage based on the previous 12 months’ usage. A limited number of blocks will be made available, at a price yet to be determined. Once the program is fully subscribed, construction will begin. Solar generation could start as soon as next spring. Customers interested in the program can go to AmerenMissouri.com/communitysolar for more information.

“Based on what our customers are telling us, we believe there is a strong interest,” Lidisky said. “Only those who sign up for the program will pay the cost related to installation of this new solar generation facility.”

Long-Term Plan
Ameren Missouri is focused on adding 500 megawatts of new renewable energy generation. In addition to this solar project, Ameren Missouri recently launched a second solar program targeted at businesses interested in hosting solar generation on their property. The company currently operates the 5.7 megawatt O’Fallon Renewable Energy Center, which is capable of producing nearly 8 million kilowatt-hours of energy from the sun’s rays each year.

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri’s mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company’s service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

Preventing Fraud In Your Organization

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It seems that every day we hear a new story of significant monetary loss due to embezzlement or other crimes perpetrated from within a company by a trusted insider. We hope this column from an earlier edition of St. Louis Construction News & Review Magazine will help protect your business.

By Ken Van Bree

Here’s a statistic that will keep you up at night: according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), fraud within the construction industry is now costing an average median loss of $245,000 for organizations. Further, ACFE report that the construction industry’s median loss is approximately $90,000 higher than the average fraud losses across all industries.

Type of Fraud Schemes

The threat of fraud can never be wholly removed, but leadership should take steps to identify schemes their organization might face. Below are a number of schemes frequently used to defraud construction companies.

Billing Schemes

The ACFE indicates that billing schemes account for 35 percent of the fraudulent activity within construction companies. Such schemes can be payments to fictitious vendors, overpayment to vendors (often through collusion with an internal employee), and purchase of personal items with company funds.

Bid Rigging & Corruption

The ACFE reports that nearly 47 percent of the fraud cases examined in the construction industry had an element of corruption, whether it is bribery, kickbacks or quid pro quo situations The bid process can be riddled with opportunity for this type of fraud.

Theft

The construction industry is particularly susceptible to theft of materials due to the location of jobs and the difficulty of tracking construction materials. Job sites can be in remote areas or some distance from the corporate headquarters and subject to less supervision.

Additionally, materials on job sites are hard to track and measure during the construction process. Items lying around a job site such as lumber, concrete, copper pipe, wire and cable can create an opportunity for thieves if proper controls are not in place.

Misuse of Company Equipment

Similar to theft of materials, misuse of company equipment can also become an issue if there is a lack of controls present. For instance, an employee could operate a side business using a company’s idle equipment.

Other Fraud

The construction industry is subject to the same fraudulent activities faced by every other industry. These include payroll fraud through fictitious employees, check tampering, and fraudulent expense reports.

The Importance of Internal Controls

After identifying common fraud activities, an organization should design a control structure that will reduce the opportunity for fraud and increase the chances fraud will be detected. Although there are no guarantees, the foundation to a strong internal control environment is proper segregation of duties.

For example, the person in charge of setting up vendors should not be the same person who approves vendor payments or reconciles bank statements. Proper segregation of duties applies to all areas of business and can be employed effectively at little or no cost.

Here are some other simple yet effective internal controls organizational leadership should consider implementing:

  • Check all estimates for accuracy of calculations, labor rates and correspondence with drawings.
  • Compare job cost estimates with actual costs. Require approvals for cost adjustments or transfers of costs between jobs.
  • Require that estimates for materials above a specified amount include quotes from two or more vendors.
  • Make purchases only with pre-numbered purchase orders, and match them to both receiving reports and invoices before payment is made.
  • Check vendor invoices against estimates to ensure proper discounts and pricing.
  • Always refer to specific job numbers, phase codes or work order numbers in onsite communications.
  • Obtain ink or electronic signatures on change orders before work begins and revise contract values accordingly.
  • Allocate equipment usage to contracts weekly and record equipment maintenance expense in the ledger as they occur.
  • Review all billings for timeliness, accuracy, conformity with contract terms, and correct customer information.
  • Reconcile contract billings with general ledgers monthly, and calculate under-billings and over-billings.
  • Prepare and review monthly financial statements and reconcile them to supporting ledgers, bank statements, and loan schedules

Not all controls are created equal when trying to detect and prevent fraud.  For instance, according to the ACFE, an external audit was performed in 80 percent of the fraud cases reported, but detected the fraud in only three percent of those cases. The majority of fraud was uncovered through tips to a fraud hotline or management, and employees or customers were the leading sources of those tips. A fraud hotline was in place for 54 percent of the fraud cases examined.

Based on this information, it is important not to put too much reliance on a single control, but rather have a series of processes that will prevent and detect fraud.

Know The Signs

The profile of a fraudster can be as important to know as understanding the typical fraud schemes employed themselves. Per the ACFE, fraud typically is not perpetrated by a repeat offender. In fact, only 5 percent of fraudsters had been previously convicted of a fraud-related offense prior to committing fraud crimes.

Additionally, 82 percent of fraudsters had never been punished or terminated by an employer for fraud-related conduct, which shows that while background checks are useful in screening out some bad applicants, they might not be effective in predicting fraudulent behavior.

Most fraudsters were employed for more than one year before committing fraud, but most displayed some, such as living beyond their means, financial difficulties, or having unusually close associations with vendors or customers, that could have served as warning signs. Training management to recognize these warning signs for employees, vendors and auditors is important to help detect fraudulent behavior.

Protect Your Company’s Reputation

Ultimately, knowing the types of fraud, what controls to implement and the profile of a fraudster can help mitigate the chances of a significant fraud loss, but maintaining your reputation is another critical factor.

Reputation is a construction company’s most important asset since the construction industry is small enough for word of mouth to carry great weight in the decision process of sureties, bankers, suppliers or customers. Across all parts of the organization, companies should operate under a code of ethics that builds their reputation in the community.

Ken Van Bree, CPA, is a partner of St. Louis-based accounting firm RubinBrown and serves as the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Construction Services Group. For information, visit

Midas Hospitality to Bring First Element by Westin to St. Louis

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A new eco-conscious hotel, which will be built at the home of a long-time area non-profit organization, is coming to St. Louis by 2019.

Owner Midas Forest Park, LLC, a subsidiary of Midas Hospitality, recently bought the current home of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) located at 3763 Forest Park Ave.  The 1.5 acre property was purchased for $2.4 million to make way for the $25 million Element by Westin.  Midas Hospitality will lease the non-profit organization space for up to one year while it relocates.

The hotel concept encourages renewal through a nature-influenced environment and is constructed with an efficient use of space and sustainability in mind.  The eight-story, 119,000-square-foot hotel will include 153 extended stay rooms and feature 10,000-square-foot retail space plus a rooftop lounge.

The environmentally-responsible rooms will have oversized windows to allow natural light plus fully-equipped kitchens with spa-inspired bathrooms.  The hotel will have an extensive fitness center, an all-natural saline pool, and a borrow-a-bike program for its guests.  Element will be located directly across from the St. Louis Foundry redevelopment.  It will back up to St. Louis University and be only three blocks from the Cortex Innovation District and one block from Ikea.

Midas Hospitality will manage the hotel.  The builder is MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, which is the sister company of Midas Hospitality.  The architecture firm is Gray Design.  All three companies are based in St. Louis, Mo., and this is the first Element hotel built and managed by these businesses.  Carrolton Bank provided the financing for the acquisition.

“The vibrant midtown area is the perfect place for an environmentally-friendly Element by Westin,” said Midas Hospitality CEO David Robert.  “We are excited to work with this growing community by providing extended stay lodging to the university campuses, innovation district, and medical community.”

“We are delighted with the sale and what it will mean to our much needed work in the community.  As good stewards of our organization’s assets, we were pleased to be able to take advantage of the strong commercial real estate market in the area,” said Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis CEO Kimberly McKinney.  “For up to a year, we will be continuing our important work of building safe and affordable housing for hard working families from our current Forest Park Avenue location.  We look forward to sharing more information in the future on our operations for our city Habitat ReStore, our construction warehouse and our administrative offices in a conveniently relocated space.”

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County.  In addition to a down payment and a mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes.  For more information, visit http://www.habitatstl.org.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 30 hotels in 14 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr., 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 details, call (314) 339-6600 or visit http://www.mchotelconstruction.com.

KAI Design & Build Completes 1,200-foot-long, Elevated Pedestrian Skywalk Through Largest Medical Campus in St. Louis

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KAI Design & Build, along with Joint Venture Partner Paric Corporation, is announcing the completion of a massive 1,200-foot-long, elevated pedestrian skywalk project connecting more than 6,000 parking spaces to the main hospital complex on the BJC HealthCare/Washington University Medical Center campus in St. Louis, MO.

KAI Design & Build’s construction department led the  project, with KAI also providing its architectural design. The project is a component of the BJC HealthCare/Washington University Medical  Center Campus Renewal Project  – a long-term project to transform a 16-block campus that includes Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine. The renewal project is focused on improving the patient and family experience from both a clinical and campus perspective.

Completed in March 2017, after only 264 construction days, the extensive pedestrian connector is a 13-foot-wide tube elevated to heights averaging 40 feet above street level. It starts on the east end at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital staff garage and continues west along the MetroLink right-of-way adjacent to BJC’s new 3,022-space Duncan Central Garage, designed and constructed in 2015 by the Paric/KAI joint venture. The walkway then connects to a third BJC garage on Taylor Avenue and continues across Taylor Avenue to the west and runs alongside the 700-space Metro Parking Garage.

The 1,200-foot walkway ends at the new 12-story Mid-Campus Center where pedestrians can connect to the main elevated walkway system near the BJC Institute of Health and Hope Plaza. The recently completed Mid-Campus Center was also constructed by a joint venture between Clayco and KAI. Other buildings adjacent to the connector route include a 213,000-square-foot College of Pharmacy academic building (currently under construction), the existing College of Pharmacy, the Parkview Building, and the Eric P. Newman Education Center.

KAI’s architects designed the connector to blend in with its surroundings, withstand high pedestrian traffic and outside environmental factors such as wind and weather, and provide a comfortable, safe environment for its travelers.

The connector is constructed of tinted, Low-E glass; pre-fabricated steel truss sections (in total weighing 380 tons); 14 concrete piers (2,500 cubic yards of total concrete); and over 500 sections of glass panels. Its mechanical system consists of a 4-pipe, hot and cold water system that feeds local fan coil units with a couple of local above-ceiling air handlers.

The interior, which could not be completed until the connector was enclosed, incorporates field carpet tiles for its flooring and LED lay-in ceiling fixtures strung along its entire length. The bridge design also incorporates emergency exits, as well as emergency security intercoms (indicated by blue lights) at all garage and building points along its route.

“What we built was a controlled environment that provides a safe way to get from point A to point B,” said KAI Senior Project Manager Jeremy Lammers. “It is a conditioned space so that in the summer, you are going to be cool and in the winter, you are going to be warm. In the rain, you are going to be dry. The connector provides a new way to get to work or class safely and comfortably.”

For security reasons as well as aesthetics, lights were installed roughly every 20 feet in the soffit beneath the bridge to illuminate the ground below and minimize the shadow effect cast from the bridge. The connector’s roof consists of an energy-efficient white, mechanically-fastened TPO roofing system.

With multiple contractors/subcontractors and entities involved in the project at any given time, including the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, MetroLink, various BJC HealthCare operational entities, as well as public utilities and the City of St. Louis, significant coordination was required by the KAI/Paric construction team to keep the project on track.

“Clear and regular communication with all of the entities was key to the success of the project,” said Lammers. “Covering roughly seven acres of prime real estate on the eastern side of the largest medical campus in St. Louis, logistics were of the utmost importance. Daily communication with the building managers of several adjacent structures was key each and every day. Our crews had to not only avoid traffic congestion in the area as much as possible, but also work safely amongst the many people walking along the streets to get to the campus for work or school. It was quite a challenging project logistically, but the team did an outstanding job.”

KAI was able to achieve substantial minority inclusion on the project with 75% MBE and 1% WBE participation and reported only two recordable accidents on the project.

Power UP Electrical Contractors provided design/build electrical services on the project, with Square UP Builders providing rough and finish carpentry services.

To view a video of the East-West Connector project, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHlmsJUFvq4

Download Project Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9pwich80dy9xh3x/AAAVEhnXSLdyNlICTuJU54PWa?dl=0

 

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri . A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise.

TROCO Custom Fabricators Creates Stylistic Roofing Structure for St. Louis Restaurant

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Installation in Schneithorst’s Restaurant & Bar Enhances Rooftop Experience for Customers

Schneithorst’s Restaurant & Bar, a landmark in the St. Louis restaurant scene for nearly a century, replaced its deteriorating heavy timber rooftop structure with a European-inspired steel and glass structure. Constructed by TROCO Custom Fabricators<http://trocofab.com/>, a premiere custom fabricator in the Midwest, the new rooftop structure consists of steel canopies with laminated glass roof panels that will allow customers to enjoy a unique outdoor dining experience, even during inclement weather.

TROCO collaborated with Mainline Group Architecture, Inc. throughout the design and fabrication process in order to create a European train shed theme with stylized detailing. Special attention was given to the intricate hop and barley metal work at the column capitals. Silhouettes which were cut using a waterjet, then layered and hand-formed to create the design elements. TROCO supplied and installed the laminated glass roof panels that provide shading, and applied a highly durable epoxy paint for the exterior matte finish. TROCO also led the coordination to provide cutouts in the structure for routing all the power, lighting and audio/visual requirements.

“It was a privilege to work on such a unique project for a popular restaurant that has been serving the St. Louis community for nearly a century,” said Tim Trotter, president of TROCO Custom Fabricators. “The new rooftop structure is built to offer customers the experience of a European-inspired beer garden, and will stand the test of Midwestern weather for decades to come.”

The roofing structure was assembled on-site and installed in July 2016. Schneithorst’s rooftop beer garden will open for the 2017 season in late-Spring. For more information, visit Schneithorst.com.

TROCO Custom Fabricators is a premier metal fabrication company specializing in Architectural and Structural Metal Fabrication. Established in 2002, TROCO is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. to service the construction industry, both regionally and nationally. 

Saint Louis University Students Call for Clean Energy on Campus

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Student Government Association passes bill calling upon University Administration  to acknowledge climate crisis, demand clean energy from Ameren Missouri

Saint Louis University (SLU) Student Government Association recently passed in an unanimous vote on a bill calling upon the SLU Administration to show regional leadership on clean energy and climate.

“SLU just cut its Sustainability Masters Program as well as the Sustainability Director position. Not only does this show a lack of foresight on the university’s part, but it is also not in line with what students here on campus want. So as the student representatives, SGA has taken the step to express to the administration that clean energy, climate action, and sustainability are a priority for students and for our future,” said Erin Kollar.

While schools such as Missouri S&T have shown leadership in committing to 100% clean energy, SLU is reliant on Ameren Missouri for the campus electricity needs.  Ameren is only getting about 1 percent of its energy from wind and solar, but other utilities in Missouri are getting over a third of their electricity from clean sources.

The resolution points out that the SLU mission of ‘the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity’ demands that we acknowledge the truth of climate change and act in a way that serves our neighbors.  The bill language outlines several steps that the SGA would like to see SLU Administration take to show leadership in line with its stated mission.

They are strongly encouraging the Administration call upon Ameren to provide campus with clean energy. The resolution also calls for the Administration to sign the St. Francis Pledge, a Catholic Climate Covenant, as well as publish a statement of solidarity with Laudato Si, the Pope’s encyclical, which focused on the humanitarian threat of catastrophic climate change. Saint Louis University was interestingly the only Jesuit University to not sign the statement of solidarity with Laudato Si, or the Saint Franciscan pledge of action to respond to climate change.

At the end of the academic year, this resolution will be taken to the Administration for review and consideration.  Students are enthusiastic that the resolution is reflecting their efforts towards bringing clean energy to SLU and the St. Louis region. Students are hopeful that their Administration will become a stronger leader regarding sustainability in the St. Louis community.

“Cities, businesses, and universities are making the commitment to transition to 100% clean energy.  While efforts to address climate at the National level are being thwarted, we still have power at the local level to address fossil fuel pollution.We believe this goes hand in hand with SLU’s mission and so we are committed to fight for a cleaner future.” said Tommy English.

The full resolution language can be viewed https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S59BEYnNeOMQLVFkZSmNPWPCpEwQdiqi5oQX7t3HZW0/edit

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.

 

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