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Edwardsville Construction Tops $122 Million With 2 Months Remaining

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE 

With 60 days left on the calendar, the City of Edwardsville can already say 2018 has been a record-breaking year with regard to commercial and residential construction dollars being pumped into the Metro East community.

Year-to-date figures for the first 10 months of 2018 indicate that construction projects breaking ground in Edwardsville thus far this year total a whopping $122.6 million, a 19.2 percent increase over all of 2017.

“We have another two months to go, and we’re anticipating another $15 million of construction projects coming through in additional permits,” said Walter Williams, director of economic and community development for the city. “This is our best year yet in terms of the number of construction dollars being invested in our community.”

Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction and Highland-based Plocher Construction are leading the way in new commercial construction projects this year, according to Williams.

New Poag Richland Residential Project

Among Contegra’s 2018 projects are the New Poag Richland Residential Project, a $20 million, 9-building, 486-bed housing community on a 15-acre site very near Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Timberlake Village, a $3.2 million retail center along Illinois Route 157 that features Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse.

Plocher Construction’s 2018 work in Edwardsville includes Edwardsville Town Center, a mixed-use development spanning 26 acres at Route 157 and Governors’ Parkway, directly across from SIUE. The $35 million, 75,000-square-foot-plus project will also feature residential apartments with multiple outlots for future tenants.

Williams said that in all of 2017, new construction dollars permitted by the City of Edwardsville totaled $102.8 million.

IMPACT Strategies Completes New Washington University Pediatric Facility in Shiloh, IL

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Finishing in less than 3 months and ahead of schedule, IMPACT Strategies has completed the new Washington University* Pediatric Facility on Memorial Hospital East Campus in Shiloh, IL.

IMPACT Strategies worked closely with BJC HealthCare and Washington University Pediatrics, in partnership with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, to ensure their medical office, reception area, and exam rooms exceeded expectations. This will be the first Washington University Pediatrics multi-specialty office outside of Missouri, giving Illinois residents direct access to the exceptional services they have to offer.

IMPACT Strategies used a majority of local subcontractors and worked with Archimages as the architect on this project. The construction of this first-floor tenant finish was accomplished without any interruption to the daily operations of the active medical office building or patients navigating in and out of the building. 

*Services provided by Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Inc

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.  

Mcgrath Completes $1.5 Million Patient Floor Renovation At Memorial Hospital Belleville

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McGrath & Associates has completed a $1.5 million renovation of the second-floor patient care unit at Memorial Hospital Belleville in Belleville, Illinois. McGrath served as construction manager on the project. Archimages was the architect and Horner & Shifrin was the engineer. 

McGrath converted one wing of the second floor from shared pediatric patient rooms into 12 private adult patient rooms, while adjacent wings remained operational and occupied by patients. McGrath implemented strict isolation and infection prevention measures to ensure a clean and safe environment for patients, staff and visitors. The project was completed on an accelerated schedule of just five months. 

 

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

IMPACT Strategies Helps Weir Parts Distribution Gain Substantial Efficiencies with New Facility Completion in Red Bud, IL

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IMPACT Strategies recently teamed up with J.R. Rentals, LLC to complete their 114,000-square-foot warehouse and office building for Weir Parts Distribution in Red Bud, Illinois. The new top-of-the-line facility for the all GM, all Ford, and Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram parts dealer was designed by Quadrant Design, Inc, of Waterloo.

“Until now, our business operations had been spread out over 10 different storage buildings. The new facility enables us to consolidate our operations, which undoubtedly will benefit our employees and customers,” said Norman L. Roy, owner of Weir Parts Distribution. “I couldn’t have been more pleased with how IMPACT Strategies handled the challenges along the way. Even the weather didn’t stand in their way to get this project completed on time,” he added.

Substantial efficiencies are expected to be gained with the new facility and its custom technology and conveyors. The warehouse has space to accommodate the 74 trucks in Weir’s fleet and office space for their 100+ employees.

Holland Construction Services Begins Expansion at New Life in Christ Church

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Holland Construction Services, Inc. (Holland) will begin work in March on an expansion project for New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church in O’Fallon, Illinois.  This expansion will provide much needed space as the congregation continues to grow.

The $3.8 million dollar project involves the expansion and renovation to the church’s sanctuary.  This will increase seating capacity to 1,100 from the current 450.  The expansion also includes a new west entrance and a large gathering area in the two-story open narthex, café and bookstore. An elevator is also being added to access the second floor and expanded sanctuary balcony.  The second floor will provide additional office and more gathering spaces overlooking the narthex below.  In addition to the building expansion, the project will also provide additional parking and a circular drop-off drive at the new west entrance.

“Over two thousand members of New Life in Christ Church in O’Fallon are so excited to partner with Holland to complete their long awaited sanctuary expansion,” said Senior Pastor Bishop Geoffrey V Dudley, Sr, D.Min.  “Bruce and his team have embraced our vision with grace, integrity and professionalism…they are making it a reality.”

This is the second project Holland has completed for New Life in Christ Church.  The first was in 2011 which also involved an expansion.

HCO, Inc. out of Indianapolis, Indiana is the architect on the project.  Completion is set for this summer.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, IL.

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.

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