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Operation FINALLY HOME and Hibbs Homes Host Special Groundbreaking Ceremony For Wounded Veteran & Family

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The community is invited to break ground on a new home for an American Hero, U.S. Army Spc. Heath Howes and his family in Hawks Rest in Wildwood, MO. The ceremony will take place Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Operation FINALLY HOME, Hibbs General Contracting and Hibbs Homes will join U.S. Army Spc. Heath Howes and his family to celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the family’s future custom-built, mortgage-free home, Thursday (March 22) at 1 p.m. The community is invited to welcome Heath, his wife Savannah, and their sons to the Hawks Rest community in Wildwood, Mo.

Having grown up in a military family, U.S. Army Spc. Heath Howes always knew he would follow in the footsteps of his family members. On January 25, 2011, Howes traveled to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, to begin Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training to join the Field Artillery as a Cannon Crewmember. Following training, Howes received orders that he would be stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Eager to begin the next chapter of his life, Howes deployed to Afghanistan a few months later.

As he adjusted to military life abroad, Howes relied heavily on his faith to carry him through the tough days. Several months into his deployment, his combat outpost was attacked by a suicide bomber carrying over 1,200 pounds of explosives. Even though his unit was unharmed, Howes considers that day one of the longest of his deployment. On June 27, 2012, his truck was hit by a 200-pound IED (improvised explosive device) during a vehicle patrol. The driver, Howes’ best friend, and soldier sitting across from Howes were immediately killed, while Howes and his captain sustained life-threatening injuries. To this day, he cannot recall anything that happened following the explosion.

Howes’ injuries include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a spinal burst, fractured ribs, nerve damage in his left leg, severe right ankle fracture, collapsed lung and more. He was honorably discharged in January 2014. His wife, Savannah, serves as his primary caretaker, driving him to the nearest VA facility that is two and a half hours away and helping him in his wheelchair when necessary. Although recovery is a long process, Howes remains determined to continue healing physically, mentally and spiritually. In recognition of his courageous military service, Howes had been honored with numerous awards, including a Purple Heart, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars, two Combat Action Badges, an Army Commendation Medal and NATO Medal.

Since Howes is currently unable to work, he spends his time coaching his sons’ T-ball and baseball teams, giving him a sense of purpose. His goal is to teach the young boys hard work, discipline and sportsmanship. As Howes continues to receive rehabilitative care, his wife hopes to eventually return to pharmacy training. Howes grew up in the St. Louis area and is looking forward to returning to be closer to family and friends. 

The Howes were surprised with the announcement they were receiving a new home at a St. Louis Cardinals game in September of 2016.

The home is being designed and built by Hibbs Homes.

Based in New Braunfels, Texas, Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Operation FINALLY HOME is to provide homes and home modifications to America’s military Heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME, visit OperationFINALLYHOME.org, follow @OpFINALLYHOME on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

Hibbs Homes is a leading custom home builder in the St. Louis area. Since 2004, the local builder has focused on custom and luxury homes for a variety of price ranges and lifestyles. For more, visit www.HibbsHomes.com.

Kadean Construction Completes Three Ambulatory Surgical Centers In Kansas And Wisconsin As Trend Grows Nationwide

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Kadean also is Constructing Two More ASCs in Florida and Indiana

Capitalizing on a growing trend in healthcare, St. Louis-based Kadean Construction has just completed three ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) in Kansas and Wisconsin, and is starting construction on two more centers in Michigan and Indiana, the company announced today.

“These ambulatory surgical centers are in demand,” said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction. “As our nation’s population ages and the need for various joint replacements and other out-patient surgery continues to grow, these centers are providing an excellent medical service in local communities.”

All five centers are being built for Towson, Maryland-based SurgCenter Development, a corporation that partners with local surgeons to create physician-owned and operated ambulatory surgical centers (ASC).

The Overland Park Surgical Suites is in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, while the other two recently completed centers are located in Milwaukee and Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

The Overland Park facility is nearly 7,500 sq. ft. and located in a multi-tenant building; the Milwaukee Surgical Suites is in a single-user building totaling nearly 7,400 sq. ft.; and, the Pleasant Prairie facility – called the North Shore Surgical Suites – is nearly 7,100 sq. feet.

The two newest centers that Kadean is constructing are in Zeeland, Michigan, and Munster, Indiana. Both will be in the 7,000 – 7,500 sq. ft. range, Eveler said.

SurgCenter has developed 177 ASCs with approximately 1,250 physicians throughout the United States, said Dr. Stacey Berner, principal, CEO, and managing partner, of SurgCenter Development.

“Our centers and surgical suites are serving a tremendous need,” he said. “For example, our centers have provided more than 22,000 joint replacements since 2013. Last year alone, our SurgCenter facilities provided joint replacements to nearly 7,000 patients in 19 states.”

He said advancements in surgical technique and pain control enable doctors to perform what was once a very complex procedure in a few hours, and offer hip and knee replacement patients a shorter recovery time, usually in the comfort of their homes.

Dr. Berner said more than 96 percent of the joint replacement patients treated at SurgCenter Development facilities were discharged the same day. Following an average four-hour recovery, 94 percent of hip replacement patients and 97 percent of knee replacement patients went home the same day.

The readmission rate from joint replacement procedures was less than 1 percent, he added.

Kadean, which was recently named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies” in the St. Louis region by the St. Louis Business Journal for the second year in a row, previously built four other ASCs for SurgCenter Development in Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan, and Ocala and Hollywood, Florida, Eveler said.

The Business Journal’s ranking comes on the heels of Kadean being named mid-sized General Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council. The organization honored Kadean for its commitment to working closely with its subcontractors, whom Eveler described as “dedicated partners and a big part of our company’s success for more than 50 years.”

Construction of ASCs is part of Kadean’s continuing growth strategy in its medical construction division, which includes major medical center construction and renovation, Eveler said.

Two of Kadean’s most recent medical construction projects include the completion of the $13.1 million expansion of the Siteman Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient treatment facility at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in suburban St. Louis, and a multi-million-dollar expansion of two floors of patient rooms at Missouri Baptist.

The company also is constructing independent and assisted senior living facilities in Sunset Hills and Independence, MO, Eveler said.

Kadean also specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting in the commercial and light industrial sector.

It is currently completing its fourth tilt-up distribution warehouse facility in the Aviator Business Park, near St. Louis-Lambert International Airport, for Panattoni Development.

Kadean also is preparing to start constructing two commercial distribution warehouse buildings at the Lakeview Commerce Centerin Edwardsville, IL, and KCI Logistics Center in suburban Kansas City, MO.

American Society of Concrete Contractors Awards Scholarships

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The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Education, Research and Development Foundation has awarded three scholarships to students in the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program. James Martin and Dimitry Petrov attend Middle Tennessee State University, Murpheesboro, TN and Jordan NuQue attends California State University, Chico, CA. Each received $5,000.

To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be enrolled full time in the CIM program and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.

The ASCC Foundation was created in 1989 to fund education and research that advances the quality and productivity of concrete construction.

MOWIT to provide scholarships to Women Building Nations 2017

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 The world’s largest tradeswomen conference is set again for Chicago, October 13 – 15.  Registration is now open!

WOMEN BUILD NATIONS is for women of all ages and all skill levels who work, or aspire to work, in the construction trades. Whether you are a pre-apprentice or a seasoned journeyperson, this conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with tradeswomen from around the country and the world.

WOMEN BUILD NATIONS speaks to every tradeswoman’s needs, offering workshops and plenary sessions facilitated by tradeswomen and featuring union leaders, apprenticeship coordinators, contractors and elected officials. Workshop tracks include, but are not limited to, Recruitment & Retention; Leadership Development; Policy/Politics and Beyond the Tools.

MOWIT is providing a block of shared rooms and registration for up to 12 area tradeswomen,  and CLUW is providing an additional 5 registration fees!

You can apply for these scholarships by sending a brief essay on why you want to go to info@mowit.org by Sunday, August 6th.  We will be reviewing these applications and begin selection of recipients August 7th!  For more information please call us at (636) 926-6948.

​Here is a link to the Conference home page.

 

Senior Lifestyle Corporation Launching $31 Million, 91-Unit The Sheridan in Chesterfield, Mo.

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62 Assisted Living/29 Memory Care Residences to Open Late Summer 2017

Senior Lifestyle Corporation (SLC) has opened a Welcome Center at 16100 Chesterfield Parkway West, Suite 145, for The Sheridan at Chesterfield, the third senior living community it has under development in metro St. Louis.

The building, which will total 84,000 square feet of finished space and rank as SLC’s largest and most elaborate facility in the metro area, is taking shape on a 3.2-acre site in Chesterfield Village. It will host a combination of 62 assisted living apartments and 29 memory care units developed specifically to support those with dementia, including Alzheimer’s.  It is slated to open in late summer 2017.

“While The Sheridan in Chesterfield shares a core identity with its sister communities in Creve Coeur and near Laumeier Park – a nurturing environment supported by the latest technology and advances in senior living design – its amenities are unique,” noted Denise Niemann, executive director.  Distinguishing features of the Signature Collection service array found exclusively at Chesterfield include a 24-hour concierge, a movie theatre and a communal space that is a coffee bar by day and a bistro by night.

All told, residents will have access to approximately 30,000 square feet of elegantly finished common area that will include gathering rooms, two dining rooms, a fitness center and an art studio.  Additionally, integrated internet technology will make it easy for residents to stay in touch with family and staff.

Memory care residents will benefit from SLC’s highly regarded Embrace program that uses designated interior areas and outdoor gardens to directly address the symptoms of dementia via a curriculum of cooking, aromatherapy, literature appreciation, gardening and other activities.

The project is currently supporting  approximately 175 construction jobs and is forecast to create 120 full-time equivalent jobs (both full- and part-time permanent positions) when it opens.

Brinkmann Constructors is the general contractor; Wiegmann Associates the mechanical contractor.

Senior Lifestyle, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing communities based in Chicago, Ill., has two other Sheridan properties underway locally. 

McClure Engineering Purchases the Cupples 1 Building in Downtown St. Louis

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After 15 years on Oleatha Avenue in south St. Louis, McClure Engineering has purchased and will be moving to the historic Cupples 1 building at 1000 Clark Street. Built in 1896, the building is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is part of the Cupples Warehouse district downtown. Located two blocks west of Busch Stadium, the firm will occupy two of the building’s six floors while leasing the remaining space to new and existing tenants. The iconic St. Louis warehouse was renovated in 2006 yet maintains the building’s historic appeal with large windows, exposed brick interior and wood frame timber structure.

The move comes after expressed interest from neighboring company, Huvepharma, who plan to expand into the firm’s Oleatha location. The purchase of the new building will allow McClure to grow, providing needed space to add 15 to 20 workers over the next few years. The firm will renovate two floors of office space to house staff and will adopt a new open floor plan to promote teamwork and collaboration.

Ross & Baruzzini Opens Kansas City Regional Office in Overland Park, Kansas

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Ross & Baruzzini, a St. Louis-based international design, consulting and engineering firm, has opened a Kansas City regional office at 6811 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 201, in Overland Park, Kansas. The new office – the firm’s 12th in the U.S. – strengthens its network of services and affirms its commitment to providing local delivery to an expanding client base.

The new office is the second Ross & Baruzzini has opened in the Midwest in the past six months. In August, 2016, the 265-person firm announced the opening of an office in Chicago through the acquisition of Mitchell Planning and Associates. Posting more than $40 million in sales, 2016 was the company’s most successful year in its 64-year history.

Bill Overturf

“We are motivated to continue on the growth trajectory that has more than doubled the size of our firm in the past five years,” remarked Bill Overturf, III president of Ross & Baruzzini. “Growth enables us to provide new leadership opportunities for individuals to step up in our organization and to attract and retain truly great people. Kansas City, where we enjoy a number of close client relationships, is a natural next step.”

Leading the office is Dan Phelan, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, a project manager and senior mechanical engineer who has been with Ross & Baruzzini for nearly 10 years. Phelan has led projects for clients in the government, higher education, healthcare and research sectors.  In addition to leadership qualities, he has deep technical skills focused on energy-saving retrofit projects and sustainable design techniques.

“It gives me great pleasure to lead the Ross & Baruzzini Kansas City office,” said Phelan. “I am honored and excited to be part of this new growth initiative.  The expansion will help us enhance relationships with clients in the region and engage new clients across multiple markets.”

The phone number of the new office is 913.258.5026.

Ross & Baruzzini (http://www.rossbar.com) is a 265-person international consulting and design firm with offices across the U.S. and with projects in more than 30 countries on 5 continents.

KAI Design & Build Founder Reflects on Figures in Black History Who Influenced His Career

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As St. Louis celebrates Black History Month in February, we acknowledge those African American men and women throughout history who fought for equality, improved the lives of others and achieved great success.

Locally, Michael Kennedy Sr., founder of KAI Design & Build, the largest minority-owned design and build firm in St. Louis, said he was influenced by the words of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, who visited his university in 1966 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, to pursue a career in the white-dominated field of architecture. Kennedy talks about his journey to becoming a minority architect during the Civil Rights Era in the new book, “Rare Company: St. Louis Entrepreneurs and How They Got Their Start” by John Berglund. https://www.amazon.com/Rare-Company-Louis-Entr…/…/B01JQMJWLA

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.

RSCA Announces New Officers for 2017

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The Roofing & Siding Contractors Alliance (RSCA) of Metropolitan St. Louis is pleased to announce its new Officers for the 2017 term:

Gary Howard
Brett Tesson
Tim Carroll

 

 

 

 

Gary Howard, President, Owner/President, Howard Roofing & Home Improvements

Brett Tesson, Vice President, President, Tesson Roofing & Exteriors

Tim Carroll, Treasurer, President/CEO, Constructors 911

The Roofing & Siding Contractors Alliance (RSCA) is a professional contracting group representing more than 55 member companies throughout the St. Louis bi-state region. RSCA members provide the complete range of roofing and siding services, for all types of commercial and residential projects in Missouri and Illinois. RSCA promotes the highest industry standards and practices, and solid corporate citizenship, advancing the professional and community profile of its member companies.

Construction Activity Drops After Election

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The St. Louis area saw a significant slowing in construction activity as the end of the year approached. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, construction activity in nonresidential building slipped 72 percent in November from the same month a year earlier, construction activity in the residential sector fell 52 percent.  (All dollar amounts shown in thousands.)

                                  2016             2015       Change

Nonresidential         $61,161      $220,330      – 72%

Residential             $116896      $224,404      – 52%

TOTAL                  $178,027      $464,734      – 62%

The losses in November pulled down numbers for the year.  In the first 11 months of 2016, nonresidential construction was off 26 percent compared to 2015, while residential construction was up six percent. As a result, total building construction was down 11 percent on the year. (All dollar amounts shown in thousands.)

                                  2016             2015       Change

Nonresidential    $1,463,516   $1,975,477      – 26%

Residential         $1,920,042   $1,808,473       +6%

TOTAL               $3,383,558   $3,783,950      – 11%

The residential category consists of both single family and multifamily housing. The nonresidential category consists of everything else.

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