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Integrated Facility Services at Work on $10 Million Seismic Retrofit of Mechanical Systems at St. Louis Federal Building

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) has begun work on a nearly $10 million ($9,818,910) HVAC, plumbing and fire protection renovation project at the Robert A. Young Federal Building in downtown St. Louis. The project is part of a $62 million design-build seismic retrofit of the historic 20-story building led by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., the design-build contractor.

The 1.05 million-square-foot Robert A. Young Federal Building is located within 150 miles of the New Madrid fault, one of the largest known earthquake faults in North America. IFS is relocating, replacing and bracing mechanical systems, VAV boxes, HVAC ductwork, fire protection and plumbing to accommodate the new structural steel braces and seismic dampers being installed.

The Robert A. Young Federal Building, built in 1933, is owned and managed by the U.S. General Services Administration. The building is 98 percent occupied by nearly 40 federal agencies, with more than 3,000 workers. The design-build team is working to minimize disruption while renovating the building for enhanced safety during and after a potential seismic event. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2018.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 270 professional and trade employees. 

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier commercial construction companies. Founded in 1864, the firm is currently the 17th largest builder in America.

Integrated Facility Services at work on $7.1 million The Ranch Retirement Community in Stillwater, OK

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) has begun work on a $7.1 million design-build HVAC and plumbing project for The Ranch, a new $58 million Epworth Living retirement community in Stillwater, OK. The 325,000-square-foot facility, currently under construction, is located on 55 acres near Oklahoma State University. The construction manager is the Weitz Company. Spellman Brady is the interior design firm.

IFS conducted an extensive Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) process using state-of-the-art BIM technology and robotic layout. The entire facility is being built simultaneously so that residents can move from assisted living to memory care or skilled nursing.  The project is scheduled for completion in March 2018.

The Ranch, Stillwater’s only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) facility, features 114 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments, 40 assisted living apartments, 23 cottage homes and 20 memory care apartments for residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The facility will have under-building parking and 35,000 square feet of common areas including a fitness room, arts and crafts studio, library, and coffee shop.

ABOUT INTEGRATED FACILITY SERVICES (IFS)

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 270 professional and trade employees. Established in 1966, IFS delivers integrated mechanical engineering and construction, installation, service and planned maintenance, and energy conservation solutions to ensure occupant comfort, improve efficiency and reduce operational costs. Named a 2016 Midwest Top 50 Specialty Contractor by Engineering News Record and and ranked as the sixth largest mechanical contractor in the St. Louis region, IFS serves clients in Missouri and Illinois, with offices in St. Louis and Columbia. For more information, call (636) 680-2100 or (573) 442-6100 and visit www.intfs.com.

Integrated Facility Services to Install Building Automation System for VA Hospital in Mountain Home, TN

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) has been awarded a contract to install a building automation system (BAS) as part of an $8.85 million complete renovation of Building 8 at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Hospital in Mountain Home, TN. The Mountain Home VAMC Campus is located outside of Johnson City, TN and serves nearly 200,000 veterans living in Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky. Valiant Construction, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, is the general contractor. The IFS project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2017.

IFS will install a complete BAS controls system and integrate it with all new mechanical, HVAC, fire, water/plumbing, and lighting systems installed by others. The BAS will control air handlers, chillers, valves and lighting, with extensive trending and alarms to monitor electrical, steam, gas, lighting and water usage to ensure ongoing energy conservation. The BAS system installed as part of the Building 8 renovation will then be integrated into the existing campus infrastructure, allowing for control and monitoring of building systems from remote locations.

The IFS contract reduced the cost of the BAS system by nearly half as compared to bids submitted by other firms, according to IFS National Marketing Manager Dan Pemberton.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 270 professional and trade employees.

James Busch joins Integrated Facility Services (IFS) as CFO

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James Busch of Columbia, Illinois, has joined Integrated Facility Services (IFS) as chief financial officer (CFO). Busch, a Certified Public Accountant, oversees financial operations and activities for IFS, a St. Louis-based HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm. He also serves as the firm’s ethics officer and is responsible for hiring and training IFS’ accounting and human resource personnel.

Busch has 27 years of experience in the accounting industry. He most recently was a partner at a certified public accounting firm where he oversaw accounting assurance and provided business and tax advisory services to construction and manufacturing firms. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is a member of The American Institute of CPAs, Missouri Society of CPAs and Kiwanis International.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 250 professional and trade employees.

Integrated Facility Services Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS), a full-service mechanical engineering firm and the eighth largest specialty subcontractor in Missouri, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. IFS provides HVAC, plumbing, piping, building automation and energy conservation services to clients across the country from offices in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri.

Established by Bill Rundquist in 1966 as Air Masters, the company now employs more than 250 workers in five divisions – HVAC and Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Building Automation and Controls, and National Design Build and Mechanical Construction. The in-house engineering department offers licensed professional engineers, GPS and 3D modeling, and other state-of-the-art technologies to improve jobsite coordination and efficiency.

In 2016, Air Masters consolidated its four affiliated companies and rebranded as Integrated Facility Services (IFS), a single-point resource for mechanical contracting and service. Today, IFS is led by Bill’s son, John Rundquist, who joined the company as a University of Missouri graduate and assumed the role of president in 2012. Bill Rundquist continues to serve as CEO and chairman.

Bill Rundquist launched the company out of his home in 1966 with a few dollars and a vision to build an organization based on excellent customer service, solid technical expertise and a commitment to the highest quality. On his second day in business, Rundquist sold a residential air conditioning job and installed it himself. He recalls borrowing his young daughter’s wagon to haul the condensing unit from his new 1965 Dodge sedan to the installation pad. Within several months, Rundquist was adding employees to install and service HVAC equipment.

Over the past five decades, IFS has moved six times to accommodate constant growth and expansion. Bill Rundquist purchased the current 56,000-square-foot headquarters building at 1055 Cassens Industrial Ct. in Fenton in 2004. When IFS recently reorganized and remodeled this year, John Rundquist had the company’s core values of stewardship, safety, integrity, teamwork, and innovation etched into the glass doors of the conference and meeting rooms.

IFS recently expanded its state-of-the-art pipe fabrication and welding shop into a nearby building on Cassens Industrial Ct. in Fenton. They also purchased a 10-acre site in Columbia, Missouri, for a branch office and warehouse facilities to serve the mid-Missouri market.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 250 professional and trade employees.

IFS installs HVAC rooftop units via air crane helicopter at Mid Rivers Mall

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IFS Copter Lift 1More than 42 tons of heating, ventilating and air conditioning HVAC equipment were lifted and moved by air crane helicopter when Integrated Facility Services (IFS) recently replaced the HVAC rooftop units at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters, Missouri.

The four-hour project on a Sunday morning involved 16 helicopter lifts to remove four existing HVAC units (two units had to be cut into two pieces due to their weight); four curb adaptors for placement of the units; and replace with four new HVAC units. Sixteen IFS employees were on-site along with employees of Erickson, the air crane operator, and Budrovich, the rigging agent.

The new units provide more than 280 tons of refrigeration capacity, increase efficiency and improve fresh air ventilation, resulting in better comfort and a healthier indoor environment for the thousands of employees and shoppers who visit the popular mall.

“From a safety standpoint, this was a very challenging project,” said IFS Project Manager Steve Errante. “Our safety director Mike Schwaller along with Mall Operations Manager Robert Minnix mapped out an extensive safety plan to protect the workers and the public.”

Schwaller and Errante conducted an extensive inspection prior to the helicopter lift to ensure complete safety. An area within 200’ of the helicopter lift was cleared of all loose debris, trashcans, antennas, small air conditioning compressors, restaurant patio furniture and other materials that could become flying debris hazards in the 70 MPH downwash created by the helicopter rotors.

Entrances to the mall were locked so that no tenants or shoppers would be in the Macy’s building where the units were being set. A 150’ “sterile” area was established and maintained throughout the flight activity, and only workers essential to the project were allowed on-site.

The team monitored weather conditions during the week leading up to the helicopter lift, since strong, sustained winds over 35 mph or lightening would delay or cancel the project. Despite rain, threatening skies and up to 25 mph winds, the project was completed on time with no injuries or incidents.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS), formerly Air Masters Corporation, is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 220 professional and trade employees.

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