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Budnick Converting Awards Kadean $8 Million Contract For New Headquarters And Production Facility

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Budnick Converting Inc., a private, woman-owned enterprise, has awarded Kadean Construction an $8 million design-build contract to construct a 100,000 square foot headquarters and production facility, doubling the size of the company’s current operations in Columbia, IL, it was announced today.

The new structure will include 75,000 square feet of manufacturing, production and warehousing space, and 25,000 square feet of office space including the ground floor, a mezzanine area, a break room, conference room, and other commons areas.

The new structure will eventually replace Budnick Converting’s existing 50,000 square foot headquarters and manufacturing operations on an 11-acre tract adjacent to its current location, 200 Admiral Weinel Boulevard in Columbia, which is about 15 miles south of downtown St. Louis.

Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-October and completed in June 2019. The company plans to move into the new facility next summer, said Ann Wegmann, owner and president of the company.

“We are very excited about our plans to construct our new headquarters and manufacturing facility,” said Wegmann, whose father, Ed “Bud” Schwartz, co-founded the company with “Nick” Cutlich in 1952. “My Dad would be very happy we are continuing to grow the company. This expansion also will enable us to better serve our national and international clients.”

Budnick Converting, which is ISO-certified, specializes in converting adhesive coated tapes, foams, films, foils, and other specialty materials for hundreds of clients, including the transportation, appliance, consumer electronics, moving and storage, medical, and distribution sectors.

Wegmann acquired the company in 1982, and runs it today with her executive team, which includes her daughter, Quality and Communications Manager Christy Hornacek, who is overseeing the new construction and helping to manage Budnick’s growth.

“This design-build project is exciting for our team because it will help this 66-year-old company continue to expand its services to its clients here and abroad,” said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction.

Besides its operations in Columbia, IL, Budnick also has a second converting facility in Tampa, FL, a warehouse in Oklahoma City, OK, and a full-service joint venture operation in Monterrey, Mexico. The company also maintains six sales offices throughout North America.

The company currently employs 89 men and women at its Columbia, IL facilities and another 17 at its other operations across the country, Wegmann said. She pointed out that Budnick Converting plans to increase employment at its Columbia facilities by at least 10 percent in the next year.

Kadean has retained Gray Design Group as the project’s architect, J.R. Grimes Consulting Inc. for civil engineering, KPFF St. Louis for structural engineering, and numerous St. Louis-area subcontractors for carpentry, electrical, plumbing, concrete, and other work.

Founded in 1963, Fenton-based Kadean Construction has become one of the Midwest’s most successful construction companies, specializing in design-build, construction management, and general contracting for a diverse set of major clients in the industrial, commercial, health care, office, senior care, and multi-family industries.


Kadean Construction to Expand Old Tesson Surgery Center In South St. Louis County

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Surgery Center in Concord to More Than Double in Size

Capitalizing on a growing trend in healthcare, St. Louis-based Kadean Construction has been selected to more than double the size of Old Tesson Surgery Center in Concord, in South St. Louis County, it was announced today.

Old Tesson Surgery Center, located at 12639 Old Tesson Road, Concord, is owned by United Surgical Partners International (USPI), which retained Kadean Construction to increase the size of the surgical center from 5,000 to 11,000 square feet, said Kadean President Mike Eveler.

The new construction includes expanding into an adjoining vacant unit in the existing building, remodeling the lobby area, adding a new sterilization unit, and increasing the size of the recovery room area. Kadean also will build a new waiting room area, upgrade the electrical and HVAC systems, and make other enhancements to the expanded facility.

Old Tesson Surgery Center, which is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and fully licensed by the State of Missouri, will remain open during the construction, which will be completed in early August, Eveler said.

“Ambulatory surgical centers like Old Tesson Surgery Center are growing in demand,” Eveler said. “As our nation’s population ages and the need for various joint replacements and other out-patient surgery continues to grow, these centers provide excellent medical services to patients across the country.”

Old Tesson Surgery Center specializes in Ophthalmology and Orthopedic surgery. USPI is among the most successful ambulatory surgical networks and owns and operates more than 285 surgical centers nationwide. It serves more than 1.3 million patients each year and maintains strategic joint-venture partnerships with 4,000 physicians and more than 50 health systems across the United States.

Kadean Construction, one of the fastest growing and most successful construction companies based in the St. Louis area, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting in the medical, retail, commercial, and industrial sectors.

In addition to Old Tesson Surgery Center, Kadean has recently completed ambulatory surgical centers in Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, and Wisconsin.

Kadean also has undertaken major construction projects in recent years for BJC Healthcare, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Siteman Cancer Center, and other major medical facilities. According to Eveler, expanding its medical construction portfolio is part of Kadean’s continuing growth strategy.

Kadean Selected To Develop Cedarhurst Assisted Living, Memory Care Complex In Blue Springs, Mo

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Kadean Construction has been tapped by St. Louis based Dover Development and Cedarhurst Senior Living to build Cedarhurst of Blue Springs, a multi-unit senior care facility in Blue Springs, MO, it was announced today.

The $9 million project includes constructing a 61,007 square foot, two-story, wood frame facility that will offer 49 assisted living and 20 memory care apartments in all private suites.

It also includes various common areas, such as a kitchen and dining hall, physical therapy unit, entertainment areas, and other amenities, said Mike Eveler, president of St. Louis-based Kadean Construction.

“We’re very excited to work with Cedarhurst on this tremendous project,” Eveler said. “And, it is a perfect fit with the work we’re continuing to do in the assisted living and memory care industry.”

The project is scheduled to be completed in November 2018, said Kadean Project Manager Josh Moore, of Kansas City, MO, who is overseeing the Cedarhurst and other Kansas City-area projects.

Moore said that before winning the contract to build the assisted living facility, Kadean was selected to complete the site infrastructure work on the five lot, 22-acre Trinity Woods development, just south of Interstate 70 at Little Blue Parkway, where the Cedarhurst facility will be located.

Cedarhurst Senior Living, part of the St. Louis-based Dover Companies, currently operates twelve senior living communities in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas, and has numerous projects under development throughout the Midwest.

Kadean Construction, named one of the fastest growing companies in the St. Louis region two years in a row by the St. Louis Business Journal, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting at the regional and national level. Its expertise lies in light industrial and commercial facilities, medical construction, and senior living/multi-family facilities.

Five Kadean Executives Recognized As ‘Certified Healthcare Constructors’ By American Hospital Association

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Furthering the company’s expertise in medical construction, four project managers and a superintendent with St. Louis-based Kadean Construction Co. have earned their certification as Healthcare Constructors by the American Hospital Association Certification Center (AHA-CC), it was announced today.

Kadean Project Managers Mitch Crews, Travis Mulder, Kevin Nesselhauf, and Joel Vidlak, and Superintendent Ron Walton were awarded the AHA-CHC certification this week, joining an elite group of just 900 healthcare construction professionals nationwide.

To earn the CHC certification, an individual must satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporate a blend of education and associated healthcare-specific professional experience, agree to adhere to the AHA Professional Standards of Conduct, and, pass the CHC Certification Examination.

Kadean Construction Co. is one of the area’s oldest and most successful firms specializing in Pre-Construction, Design-Build, Construction Management, and General Contracting. For more than 50 years, Kadean has built its reputation on quality work, honesty in business, and being a trusted partner to its subcontractors, designers, and its clients.

Its work in the St. Louis area includes the expansion of the medical oncology unit and the addition of a radiation oncology unit with traditional linear accelerator at a major cancer center in St. Peters, MO; and, similar oncology units at a major St. Louis hospital and university.

Kadean also completed construction of a proton therapy vault – the first in the world – for a major area hospital; is under contract to complete a second proton therapy vault for the same facility; and, is near completion on a major expansion and interior build-out for another major St. Louis area hospital. This is in addition to its construction of five surgical centers in Michigan, Florida, and Indiana.

The CHC examination is designed to test a well-defined body of knowledge representative of practice in healthcare construction management covering Healthcare Industry Fundamentals; Planning, Design and Construction Process; Healthcare Facility Safety, Additions, and Renovations; and, Financial Stewardship.

The CHC certification program supports the community of healthcare construction professionals and is designed to provide an objective and rigorous assessment of broad-based knowledge in healthcare construction.

In addition to its expertise and growing influence in medical construction, Kadean also has been recognized for the construction of and interior build-out at the new Amazon distribution facility in the Lakeview Commerce Center in Edwardsville, IL; construction and interior build-out of several huge light industrial buildings at Aviator Business Park in Hazelwood, MO; and, the Kansas City Logistics Center, in Kansas City, MO.

Friendship Village To Expand; Kadean Awarded Building Project

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Kadean Construction extends senior living construction expertise

Kadean Construction has been tapped by Friendship Village, one of the region’s most comprehensive senior living communities, to manage and construct 12 new luxury villas in Friendship Village Sunset Hill’s Phase 1D expansion, it was announced today.

The expansion includes the construction of six, two-unit ranches within the development located on 52-acres at 12563 Village Circle Drive, Sunset Hills, in South St. Louis County.

The Sunset Hills community, which was started in 1978, provides a range of services from independent senior living in apartment homes and villas to Friendship Village’s 61-apartment Fountain View, which offers residential-style assisted living. Friendship Village also operates a sister community, Friendship Village Chesterfield.

The new units to be built by Kadean Construction are two- bedroom frame units ranging from 1,200 to 1900 sq. ft., with and without dens and finished basements. The $5 million expansion will be developed on Knighton Trail, a cul-de-sac on the northern side of the senior living community.

Each unit will start at $300,000, and will include Friendship Village’s Life Care benefit.

Construction is due to be completed by November 1, said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction, which has completed a variety of construction projects for many of the St. Louis region’s largest independent and assisted living communities.

“We’re looking forward to breaking ground and getting started,” Eveler said. “There’s a substantial demand for this type of development. So, with our strong track record in senior living communities and our dedication to quality workmanship, this will be a great project.”

Friendship Village Sunset Hills includes 385 existing apartments and villas and a variety of common areas, such as a new 27,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, dining venues, a new wellness gym, fitness center, swimming pool, media lounge, beauty shop, patio, practice putting green, chapel, water feature, and other amenities, said Terry Walsh, executive director, Friendship Village.

“For more than 40 years, we have set the standard for senior services in the greater St. Louis area,” Walsh said. “In this expansion, we will continue to provide the highest-quality care, amenities and senior services guided by Biblical values and supporting lifelong well-being.”

Kadean Construction, named one of the fastest growing companies in the region by the St. Louis Business Journal, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting.

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