40 Years as Voice, 20 Years of Excellence

On September 24th a St. Louis CNR “birthday party” benefiting Habitat for Humanity will be held.  The event will recognize excellence in the construction industry here and CNR’s role as the industry voice for four decades.

Regional ExcellenceThe 20th annual St. Louis CNR Regional Excellence Awards will be presented at a dinner event at the Missouri Athletic Club. The event will also be a “birthday party,” marking CNR’s 40th year as the “Voice for the St. Louis Construction Industry.”

“The St. Louis construction industry has been an incredibly warm and receptive ‘family’ for our efforts at CNR,” said CNR Publisher Tom Finan. “We felt that it would be fitting to make this celebration into something lasting by assisting Habitat for Humanity in their efforts to create affordable housing.”

In addition to the Regional Excellence awards, CNR will present the first Thomas J. Finan, Jr. award, recognizing humanitarian contributions to the St. Louis community by members of the construction industry. The award is named in honor of the founder of CNR.

Last year, St. Louis Habitat constructed 27 LEED Platinum-certified homes, a fact that was recognized at the recent USGBC “Growing Green” awards. St. Louis Habitat is currently the third-largest developer of LEED-certified housing in the United States.

The St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate Regional Excellence Awards recognize those projects completed in the previous year that, in sum, demonstrate excellence in design and construction, and a positive contribution to the St. Louis community.

Now in their 20th year, the Regional Excellence Awards are the only comprehensive awards recognizing the best results of the construction industry when all the sectors — owners, designers, and contractors — work together as a team. The judges this year were: Judges were John Berendzen, principal, Fox Architects and past president, St. Louis Chapter AIA: Dr. Steve Bannes, director, Graduate School of Construction Management, Washington University; Paula Crews, director, sustainability practice, Paradowski Creative; Dr. John Gaal, director of education, St. Louis Carpenters’ District Council; and Thomas Finan, publisher of St. Louis Construction News & Real Estate.

The awards will be presented at CNR’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, “A Celebration: 40 Years of Excellence,” to be held in September at the Missouri Athletic Club. The event will be a fundraiser for  St. Louis Habitat for Humanity. Arrangements for a date are being finalized.  

The winners of the 2009 Regional Excellence Awards are:

Neighborhood Redevelopment

14th Street Mall
Owner: Crown Village Partners, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group & Regional Housing & Community Development Alliance
Architect: Rosemann & Associates
General Contractor: E.M. Harris Construction Company

Judges’ Comment: The $35 million redevelopment of27 buildings along the former 14th Street Pedestrian Mall is one of the largest and most exciting neighborhood redevelopment projects in the city.  In addition to breathing new life into the abandoned buildings along the former mall, this development will restore the 2600 and 2700 blocks of N. 14th Street as a drivable but pedestrian-friendly street

Historic Renovation
Cannon Design Headquarters – Powerhouse Building
Owner: Cannon Design
Architect: Cannon Design
General Contractor: R.G. Ross Construction Company

Judges’ Comment: The “ship in a bottle” design and construction reclaimed a long abandoned power plant and brownfield site as a modern, environmentally sensitive office building in a renovated historic skin.


Coldwater Creak Treatment Facility
Owner: Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
Engineer: Black & Veatch
Construction Manager: KAI/Jacobs Joint Venture
General Contractor: Goodwin Brothers Construction Co.

Judges’ Comment: Transforming a 45-year-old wastewater treatment plant into a new  $57 million wastewater treatment plant while 30 million gallons per day of sewage flow through it – amazing.

Public Building

Cottleville City Hall
Owner: City of Cottleville, MO
Architect: Kostecki Architects
Construction Manager: Paric Corporation
General Contractor: C. Rallo Contracting

Judges’ Comment: The new “green” city hall in Cottleville is a fitting symbol for the bikeable-walkable-sustainable community that Cottleville has become..  When construction was completed on the town’s $5.3 million city hall and police station in December, city government could boast that their new home used 30 percent less energy than a similar traditional building and reduced water pollution by capturing and treating water on site.

Gateway Multi-Modal Transportation Center
Owner: City of St. Louis
Architect: KAI Design & Build
General Contractor: K&S Associates

Judges’ Comment: Built on a challenging site under a highway and on top of an old lake bed and abandoned cinder deposit bins, the St. Louis Gateway Transportation Center provides Downtown St. Louis a much needed public transit center to serve Amtrak passenger trains, Greyhound Buses, MetroLink, Metro buses and taxis. And it has the capacity to serve a future commuter train

Pfizer Building MM
Owner: Pfizer
Architect: Flad Architects
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies

Judges’ Comment: Green construction, building information modeling, and innovative use of heat recovery wheels make this cell banking facility a stand out project.

Creative Renovation
Shock City Studios
Owner: Blueprint Concepts, LLC
Architect: The Lawrence Group
General Contractor: The Lawrence Group Projects

Judges’ Comment: The historic renovation of an old ice warehouse into a state of the art recording studio was an inspired idea.

Editor’s Choice: Corporate Headquarters

Owner: Clayco, Inc.
Architect: Cannon Design
General Contractor: Clayco, Inc.

Judges’ Comment: A unique four-buildings-in-one design and sustainable design features produced a fitting headquarters for a growing biotech company.