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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.

Home Builders Association Donates More Than $6,000 to Rainbow Village Properties, Inc.

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2015 HBA  President Ken Kruse of Payne Family Homes (left), HBCF President John Eilermann of McBride & Son Companies (right) presented a $6,370 donation to Jo-Ann Goldstein, associate director of development for Rainbow Village.

The funds will be used to repair a driveway at one of Rainbow Village’s homes for a wheelchair-bound client. Rainbow Village strives to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by providing safe, affordable and well-maintained neighborhood homes. Living in a neighborhood home, instead of a nursing home or institution, gives residents a better quality of life and more independence.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

 

TAO + LEE Associates, Inc., Becomes First Mosaic Ambassador Architecture Company

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St. Louis Mosaic Project is pleased with the addition of its recent two Mosaic Ambassador Companies in the Architecture industry. TAO + LEE is the first Mosaic Ambassador Architecture Company to be joining, followed by Trivers Associates. Based in St. Louis and founded in 1995, TAO + LEE provides architectural, planning, interiors and creative design services. The founders and principals and longtime Mosaic Ambassadors, Peter Tao and Helen Lee, modeled the firm based on their extensive global experiences with projects located both domestically and internationally.

TAO + LEE has been tremendously involved in the St. Louis community. The firm recently led an effort to improve health and wellness as well as inclusion at the St. Louis Public School’s Nahed Chapman New American Academy. This is a transitional school for 500+ new immigrants and refugee children who come from different countries and speak different languages. Nahed Chapman New American Academy is one of thirty three Mosaic Ambassador Schools. In partnership with the construction industry in St. Louis, TAO + LEE envisioned, then co-led a tremendous project to create a new soccer field and social gathering space, at Nahed Chapman New American Academy as a means to build bridges for the students through sports. This was dedicated in 2016.

The firm continues to support a variety of causes and initiatives focused on immigrants and refugees, including the St. Louis Mosaic Project, where Mr. Tao is a member of the Steering Committee, the International Institute and Welcoming America. TAO + LEE will continue to mentor professionals from the international community. Mr. Tao and Ms. Lee have participated in mentorship programs such as the OCA St. Louis MAAP Program; Ms. Lee’s recent efforts helped connect an individual with employment at Caleres. The firm has stepped forward in its role in international student retention by hiring an international student with a STEM degree and will continue to mentor international students. In addition to professionals and international students, TAO + LEE will also continue to support cultural and international affinity groups.

TAO + LEE has been widely recognized for engagement efforts in the City of St. Louis and the greater St. Louis community with regards to Diversity and Inclusion. Recognitions include Business of the Year Award, Asian Business of the Year, Diverse Business Leader and has also been featured in the book Who’s Who Diversity in Color. TAO + LEE is an active sponsor of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis (AACC) and Organization of Chinese-Americans-Asian Pacific American Advocates (OCA St. Louis).

The St. Louis Mosaic Project was launched in 2012 in response to an economic impact report that showed St. Louis was lagging in immigrant growth and highlighted the potential economic benefits of increasing its foreign-born population. The Mosaic Project is a regional initiative that is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center and a 27-member committee. Its goal is to transform St. Louis into the fastest growing major metropolitan area for immigration by 2020 and promote regional prosperity through immigration and innovation. Learn more at www.stlmosaicproject.org.

TAO + LEE Associates, Inc. is an award winning St. Louis based design firm providing Architectural, Planning, Interiors, and Creative Design services for a diversity of project types, sizes & applications. The firm has extensive experience in the planning, design and execution of Commercial, Cultural and Educational, Residential, Restaurants and Retail, as well as variety of other project types, which include Healthcare, Industrial, Sports-Recreation, as well as unique Creative Design projects (including Art Projects and Installations). 

Foreman Fabricators, Inc. of St. Louis Wins International Bronze Award

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Foreman Fabricators, Inc. in St. Louis has won a prestigious award for outstanding craftsmanship in the annual Ernest Wiemann Top Job Competition, sponsored by the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA).  Judges honored Foreman with the “Bronze Award for Furniture & Accessories Fabrication (non-forged)” for its entry of a unique, custom stainless steel kitchen range hood.  The International competition was open to over 700 member firms from throughout the U.S. and 12 foreign countries, and recognized outstanding work in the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry.

Foreman custom fabricated this range hood for homeowners Chad and Kate Angle, who said, “we spoke with many metal fabricators before choosing Foreman, and they were the only one we felt confident about.  They did an outstanding job!”  The final design for the range hood was the result of collaboration between Foreman and the Angles.  Kate did some research online, gathering images and ideas, and then worked with Foreman’s Project Manager, Andrew Ehlmann, to create an attractive ornamental custom design that would seamlessly cover their existing Viking exhaust unit.  The finished product is a beautiful, functional one-of-a-kind piece.

The clients couldn’t be more pleased with the finished product.  Kate Angle said, “The hood is really magnificent and it’s the crown jewel to my new kitchen!”  Kate and her husband often entertain large groups of friends and family at their home, and the range hood is the first thing her guests notice in her brand-new kitchen.  “Everyone comments how beautiful it is.”  When asked if she would recommend Foreman to others, Kate’s immediate response was, “Absolutely!”  Satisfied comments like these are why Foreman takes pride in every job; they know how important it is to be flexible with the changing wants and needs of customers to create outstanding finished products.

Founded in 1959, Foreman Fabricators is a premier fabricator of custom architectural metal items.  Examples of their work are all over the metropolitan area, from the railings surrounding the baggage carousels at Lambert International Airport, and the departure and arrival signs as well.  To the stainless steel countertops and ticket counters and brackets in Scottrade Center, as well as bar tops, bar footrails, bar waitress rails and some metal components in all the party suites.   To the aluminum flagpoles in the World Series Room in the Cardinals Museum, elevator cladding at Barnes Hospital, and on and on. As owner Brian Foreman says, “If you live in St. Louis, you’ve seen our work!”  Specializing in architectural metal fabrication, Foreman Fabricators can custom create almost anything in metal…from a single, unique bracket, to intricate hand railings, to one-of-a-kind architectural features for buildings.  With more than a half century of work in commercial venues and homes throughout the St. Louis area, there’s a good chance you’ve had your hand on a Foreman railing.

BMC Enterprises, Inc. Announces Three Aggregate Transactions in Missouri

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BMC Enterprises, Inc. (parent company of Breckenridge Material Company) is pleased to announce three additions to its Missouri aggregates business: the opening of a new BMC Stone quarry in High Hill, the acquisition of a strategic interest in Base Rock Minerals, LLC, a limestone quarry in Bonne Terre, and the subsequent acquisition of Strack Stone Company, a limestone quarry located just north of Cape Girardeau.  Strack Stone will now operate under the Base Rock Minerals name.

Nathan G. McKean, Chief Executive Officer of BMC Enterprises, Inc., stated, “We are delighted to announce these aggregate acquisitions, which demonstrate our continued commitment to a sustainable growth strategy.  The pro-business administration in Jefferson City has given us a renewed optimism about the Missouri economy.”  McKean added further, “We are pleased to partner with the Bauman Family and are looking forward to continued growth with our limestone businesses in southern Missouri.  We are also very excited with the new opportunities these transactions will bring to everyone involved with the parent organization.”

The three quarries vertically position BMC along the major interstate corridors from its hub in St. Louis Metro. “This will dramatically increase our ability to service our customers with expanded product offerings,” said McKean, “and will enable the parent company to participate more fully in future transportation and infrastructure investment in the state.”

The acquisitions now bring the total number of vertical and horizontal acquisitions for BMC Enterprises, Inc. to 10 since 2009 and 19 since Nathan McKean became CEO in 2004.

 

Founded in 1925, Breckenridge Material Company, a subsidiary of BMC Enterprises, Inc. is a privately held and operated construction materials company headquartered in St. Louis.

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