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KAI Design & Build, HBD Construction, Inc. to Build New 136-room Fairfield Inn & Suites in Downtown St. Louis

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The KAI Design & Build/HBD Construction, Inc. team has been selected to build one of the first new hotels in downtown St. Louis in years – Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new hotel was held on Oct. 18 at the corner of 22nd and Market streets, the former site of iconic Harry’s Restaurant & Bar.

“We are truly excited to be a part of this dynamic project and the revitalization of such a landmark site in the Downtown-West area of St. Louis City,” said KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr.

St. Louis-based Equis Hotels is the developer on the $20 million hotel and parking garage project, with Chiodini Architects of St. Louis providing its design and Peak Construction Group serving as the construction manager. KAI Design & Build/HBD Construction is the general contractor.

“HBD is very excited to be starting its third project for Equis and its second project with joint venture partner KAI and team. The project will be an important amenity to the downtown St. Louis area, which continues positive growth,” said Michael Perry, President of HBD Construction.

The new hotel will feature 136 rooms and suites, 2,000 square feet of meeting rooms, a lobby lounge and bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, free breakfast, fitness center, outdoor patio, business center and shuttle service within a 2-mile radius of the property. With easy access to downtown St. Louis businesses and attractions, the modern Marriott-branded hotel will be suitable for business and leisure travelers and is expected to open in early 2020.

The Fairfield by Marriott hotel will revitalize a highly-visible lot in the western portion of downtown St. Louis and create an important addition to the region’s hospitality offerings.

“Equis’ new Fairfield by Marriott hotel is unique as it truly is the first, ground up Marriott select service hotel to be built in the City of St. Louis’ downtown market in decades,” said Equis Hotels Chief Executive Officer and Founder Michael Mullenix. “This hotel will now capture the traditional Marriott hotel customer seeking a true, ground-up Marriott select service hotel brand downtown. It will provide a quality offering so that guests do not have to travel outside of downtown to satisfy their lodging needs. Our new Fairfield by Marriott hotel will not only serve the existing hotel demand generators in the city, but it will definitely accommodate the exciting growth now taking place in the City of St. Louis, including the new $600 million Saint Louis University hospital project and the new $1.6 billion National Geo-Spatial Intelligence or NGA headquarters campus currently under construction just a mile north of our site.”

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. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

HBD Construction, Inc. is a diverse, full-service general contracting and construction management firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information about HBD Construction, Inc., visit www.hbdgc.com or call 314-781-8000.

Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. Selected as Construction Manager for $9 Million Historic Renovation

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Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. has been tapped by St. Louis-based developer Pier Property Group to execute the historic renovation of the Steelcote Manufacturing Company Paint Factory complex at 801 Edwin Street in mid-town St. Louis, Mo.

Pinnacle is targeting a spring 2019 completion for the 42,000-square-foot, $9 million conversion that will create 31 units in the landmark five-story building.  A second adjoining structure will house the leasing office and bike storage while a third building will host two additional units bringing total residence count to 33.   Fifteen indoor tempered parking spaces and exterior gated parking for guests and residents will also be constructed.

In addition to traditional loft floor plans with 10- to 12-foot ceiling heights, two-story units with rooftop terraces and panoramic views of St. Louis will also be available.  Loft finishes include oversized window bays, sealed concrete floors, quartz countertops and back-painted glass backsplashes in kitchens.

Founded in St. Louis, Steelcote pioneered rubber enamel coatings for a variety of products and was once a world leader in the field.  It opened the building on Edwin Street in 1922 and finished building out upper levels in 1929.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located within St. Louis University’s Midtown Redevelopment Area, the complex has been vacant since 2006.

“We have been fortunate to meet with family members of the original owners of the building who have shared their memories of milestones and significant events with the re-development team,” said Pinnacle Vice President of Operations, Tim McLaughlin, “Their stories and collector’s items are evident throughout the design, which aims to bring elements of the past back to life.”

Led by Michael Hamburg, Pier Property Group focuses on the acquisition, renovation and management of historic buildings.  It specializes in development opportunities that utilize public/private partnerships and creative financing.

Members of its St. Louis-based project team are architect Trivers Associates and the local office of structural engineer KPFF Consulting Engineers.

“The assignment poses multiple technical challenges ranging from the unique mat slab foundation in the basement to the detailed layout coordination required to respond to the specific structural requirements within each floor slab,” added McLaughlin. “Thorough preconstruction planning is key.”

Founded in 1998 in St. Louis by Tom McLaughlin and Nelson Grumney, Jr., Pinnacle Contracting provides general contracting, construction management and design-build services.  In its 20th year of business, Pinnacle works in many different markets including historic renovation, office, educational, industrial, healthcare, hospitality, retail and multi-family.

Bangert, Inc. Announces Acquisition of New Flagship Office in Olathe, KS

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Bangert, Inc. today announced the acquisition of their new flagship office in Olathe, KS. The building, which is located just north of Garmin, is a crucial addition and marks the company’s move from downtown Kansas City. “We see it as a huge benefit to our employees and our culture” says Kent Galley, COO, Bangert, Inc. “The modern, open space will promote our digital-first initiatives and give us some much-needed square footage for growth.”

Some key facts about Bangert, Inc include:

  • Founded in 1983, the company has been present in the Kansas City Metro since 1999
  • Bangert, Inc. is a family-owned business, now in its 3rd generation
  • Richard Bangert, founder, developed communications systems for the Apollo missions before

launching Bangert, Inc. with his son Kurt, Bangert, Inc. has grown substantially over the last 6 months, with plans of hiring 45 people throughout it’s 5 national locations over the next 18 months – the bulk being added in Olathe. The hunt for a perfect location has taken nearly a year to complete, but company leadership is excited about joining the Olathe community. “Olathe is a great place for us to be,” says Director of Marketing Reid Bangert, “We’re looking forward to being active with our neighbors as well as contributing to the local community.”

Bangert, Inc. is a leading technology solutions provider to the construction industry. Bangert has continually cultivated strong resources by investing in people and processes that are dedicated to helping their clients save time and money. There has never been a more exciting time to be in construction technology. If you’re looking to join a vibrant and dedicated team visit bangertinc.com/construction-tech-jobs/

 

Etegra, inc. Awarded $9M U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville Master Planning A-E IDIQ

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The MCFA-Etegra Joint Venture is proud to announce the official contract award to provide Architect/Engineer Services & Master Planning Services for Military and Civil Works Projects within the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Mission Boundaries under a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District.

The MCFA-Etegra JV (M|E JV) is a small business Joint Venture between Etegra, Inc. (Etegra) a SBA Certified 8(a) and DBE/MBE Small Business and MC Fuhrman Associates, LLC, a Small Business. The firms partnered together to offer the USACE Louisville District and its customers an optimum blend of master planning and conceptual design services ranging from big picture military installation master planning, infrastructure planning and civil works project development to individual project facilities planning and programming expertise.

Established in 1886, the Louisville District employs approximately 1,300 people in the five-state area of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio out of 60 field offices. The civilian workforce is made up of professional engineers, architects, planners, economists, biologists and other specialists and support staff. The mission of the Louisville District is to deliver solutions and manage resources supporting regional and national requirements through an expert team of multidisciplinary professionals utilizing best engineering practices and strategic partnerships to reduce disaster risk, strengthen the economy and support national security.

“We are honored to be a part of this effort. It is our duty to offer Etegra’s services in a manner that will improve the readiness and sustainability of the USACE facilities,” said Andrew Kishna, Chief Executive Officer.

“Our team is thrilled to be of service to the USACE Louisville District and their key customers.” says Brian Pieplow, Program Manager of the M|E JV. “We look forward to providing the District high quality innovative and effective strategy and planning services to support the key military and civil works missions of the District’s customers.”

The contract term is for one base year plus four option years and work is forecasted to commence later this year.

Etegra is an 8(a) DBE/MBE architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Our primary services are facility and civil design, and asset management for the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Air Force, Independent School Districts, and Power Companies. Our firm through an excellent delivery model is committed to a high level of service, technical expertise and execution to ensure we meet our customer’s needs.

Jerry Grimaud of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc., Awarded Honored Life Membership in IFAI

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Jerry Grimaud of Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structures, Inc., has been awarded an Honored Life Membership in IFAI.  This distinction is bestowed by special request, solely at the discretion of the IFAI board of directors.

Grimaud started working at Lawrence in 1979.  Throughout his time in the industry, he has served on numerous trade association boards, including the Lightweight Structures Association (LSA), the Fabric Graphics Association (FGA) and the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA). He has presented several IFAI/division-hosted educational seminars and was instrumental in creating many elements of today’s AIA-accredited CES presentations for both the FGA and PAMA.

Photo Above: Jerry Grimaund and Mary Hennessy, President of IFAI

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc. Wins 2017 International Achievement Award

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Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc. was recognized with the 2017 International Achievement Award (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications.

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures received an Award of Excellence for its Maggie McFly’s project. The project was recognized in the competition’s Fabric Graphics category.

For seven decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation, highlighting truly spectacular work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. The International Achievement Awards competition is sponsored by IFAI, a not-for-profit trade association who’s over 1,600-member companies represent the growing international specialty fabrics and technical textiles marketplace.

IFAI received a total of 235 entries from 11 countries that were submitted for 42 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were chosen for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area.

All entries receive prominent recognition at the IFAI Expo, the largest specialty fabrics tradeshow in the Americas. Winners receive additional publicity through coverage in IFAI magazines and press releases distributed to media professionals.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Awarded Project for St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

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Part of $160 Million Family Entertainment Complex Planned For National Historic Landmark St. Louis Union Station

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (www.mccarthy.com) broke ground today for a new  aquarium at St. Louis Union Station in downtown St. Louis.  The announcement was made by Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM), which owns Union Station.  St. Louis-based PGAV Destinations will be the designer.

The 120,000-square-foot St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will be located in the former mall area and will feature one-of-a-kind exhibits and tanks with 1.3 million gallons of water housing thousands of aquatic animals from the rivers and oceans of the world.  Construction of the unique leisure and entertainment destination is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

During construction, the project will create 500 jobs and once operational, will bring more than 100 permanent jobs to the downtown St. Louis area.

“We’re very excited to have the nation’s top construction and design firms working with us on this project,” said Bob O’Loughlin, chairman and CEO of Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM). “The fact that both McCarthy and PGAV Destinations are based in St. Louis means that they appreciate the value of Union Station’s history and its importance to our community.”

McCarthy brings extensive experience in hospitality and entertainment construction, including the 200,000-square-foot OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Ariz., the largest aquarium in the Southwest, and expansion to the St. Louis Gateway Arch Visitor Center and Museum at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in downtown St. Louis.

“We want to thank LHM for their investment in our community.  Everyone at McCarthy and staff who will work on the project are all very excited,” said Ryan Freeman, Vice President of Operations at McCarthy.

“The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is an important and challenging project for the region.  Building this aquarium, which is extremely complex construction, inside of the historic train shed is unique in its array of complexities.  Having been headquartered here for the past 100 years, we’ve been able to build some of the most challenging projects around the region and we’re pleased to be a part of adding this exciting new landmark,” said Freeman.

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will be part of a $160 million family entertainment complex planned for St. Louis Union Station. Other components will include the previously announced St Louis Wheel. Wheel passengers will take three to four rotations high over the St. Louis skyline during the 10-to-12-minute ride. Located on the south side of the historic train shed.  The St. Louis Wheel will be a new iconic attraction on the St. Louis skyline and will be operational every day of the year, accommodating an estimated 500,000 visitors annually.

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.

The National Historic Landmark St. Louis Union Station at 1820 Market Street in downtown St. Louis opened to the public on September 1, 1894 and was owned by the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis.  Designed by Theodore Link, it included three main areas: the Headhouse, the Midway and the 11.5-acre train shed. 

St. Louis Union Station is owned by Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM). The hotel has been named one of the world’s top railway themed hotels by Condé Nast. For information, visit www.stlouisunionstation.com/union-station-hotel/.

Etegra, Inc. Ranks #199 on Inc. 5000; #1 in Engineering

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On August 16th, 2017, Inc. 5000 released their list of fastest growing companies in the Nation. Etegra was not only honored to be featured on the list, but amazed to discover they ranked #199, #6 in Missouri and #1 in the field of Engineering! https://www.inc.com/profile/etegra

Etegra founders Mr. Andrew Kishna, CEO, and Mr. Paul Ramsaroop, COO, established a partnership with the plan for an accelerated growth business model that included an infrastructure that could handle the growth, an aggressive marketing strategy, and a focus on fostering partnerships and client relationships. Because of their backgrounds with Federal Programs, they developed an acquisition strategy to gain contracts with the DoD and other Public Agencies.

Etegra began to grow rapidly. In 2013, revenues topped $200K, with more than $600K in 2014, $1.75M in 2015, and $4.6M in 2016. To date, Etegra has executed almost $5M over 17 task orders on the above referenced contracts alone.

“You can only do so much as a small firm, therefore we have to be strategic,” Kishna said. “Despite our size, that strategy has led to winning larger long term contracts with significant clients.”

“Growth is a tonic for most companies. It attracts talent and creates strategic options while generating financial resources to fund new areas of work. We need to focus on continuing to deliver great projects, on time and within budget as the future looks great and will include more complex work. We are now seen as a small business leader,” RT Murthy, Chief Technical Officer, said.

Etegra has now opened a branch office in Dallas, TX to support their existing and new client base.  Etegra is also in the process of opening a third office in Washington DC to further support its Federal client base.

Etegra is a full service, 30+ person 8(a) DBE/MBE architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Our primary services are architecture, engineering, and construction management for the Department of Defense and numerous Federal Agencies.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. Takes DBE Participation to New Heights

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Kwame Building Group, Inc. has been a huge part of the successful Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and in the community. In recognition of their exemplary accomplishments, Kwame’s Chief Executive Officer Tony Thompson was presented with the Business Diversity award for Construction Services during the Business Diversity Forum on March 31.

Kwame is MBE/DBE certified and has played a major role in most of the construction work performed at the Airport. They were a joint venture partner on the team that was responsible for managing the design and construction of the recent Airport expansion project. The firm has also had construction management responsibilities on a number of projects at the Airport through the years.

Kwame has had an enormous impact in achieving diversity and inclusion on major projects in the greater St. Louis community as well. They served as the construction management firm responsible for monitoring and reporting DBE participation on the $33 million Central Riverfront Project of the City Arch River renovation at the Gateway Arch. This project was a true DBE success story, with Kwame reporting more than 50 percent DBE participation.

 

Etegra, Inc. Awarded $10M Department of Treasury Architect-Engineer IDIQ

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Etegra, Inc., was awarded a prime 8(a) contract from the Department of Treasury to provide a full range of architect-engineer (A-E) services for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) facility in Fort Worth Texas. The anticipated value of the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract is an estimated total of $10M, and will have a one-year base period and four oneyear option periods.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility (WCF), is one of only two locations in the U.S. that print currency (Washington, D.C. being the other). This 750,000 SF operation with 600 employees, approximately 250 contractors, 11 unions, and produces more than half of the nation’s currency order by operating 24-7 year-round. In addition to U.S. currency, the BEP produces several other security documents such as portions of U.S. passports, materials for Homeland Security, military identification cards, and Immigration and Naturalization Certificates.

Under this contract, Etegra will provide A-E services including, but not limited to the design, preparation of plans, specifications and cost estimates for various projects at the WCF.

To date, Etegra has received a request for a proposal for one task order which involves the design and upgrade of the Building Automation System.

“We are proud to support such a large operation. It is our duty to offer Etegra’s services in a manner that will improve the Western Facilities ability to produce Federal Reserve Notes for the country,” said Andrew Kishna, Chief Executive Officer.

Etegra is a full service, 40+ person 8(a) DBE/MBE architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Our primary services are architecture, engineering, and construction management for the Department of Defense and numerous Federal Agencies.

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