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O’Fallon, MO, Edwardsville Experiencing Parallel Construction Investment

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By Kerry Smith, Editor – St. Louis Construction News & Review Magazine

Although their populations are markedly different, O’Fallon, MO and Edwardsville, IL are benefitting from similar new construction developments and are governed by municipalities with similar visions and priorities.

Patrick McKeehan, O’Fallon’s economic development director, says the city of 87,800 population has experienced solid growth in 2017 and early 2018. For example, True Manufacturing is building a 200,000-square-foot distribution center on the north side of Interstate 70 that is expected to reach completion within the next few weeks.

“Summit Development Group is the developer and Contegra Construction Co. is the general contractor,” said McKeehan. “True Manufacturing is consolidating space from some smaller off-site warehouses to generate greater efficiencies on its campus in terms of production, finished goods and shipping.”

A $13 million I-70 outer road project is expanding capacity along O’Fallon’s primary transportation corridor to improve traffic flow and encourage new commercial activity, according to McKeehan. “Bids just opened on this critical transportation project,” he said, “which also involves MoDOT and St. Charles County. I-70 was originally built in the late 1950s. O’Fallon’s exponential growth has increased demand on the road system.”

By the end of June, the first phase of a $25 million sports destination project known as Missouri Rush Sports Park will be completed. Cornerstone Contracting Services is the general contractor and 40DD Sports is the developer. McKeehan says the initial phase includes four all-weather soccer fields and a clubhouse with restaurant. The sports complex is strategically located at Highway DD and I-64.

With a population of roughly one-third that of O’Fallon, MO, Edwardsville is enjoying a similar resurgence in commercial development across multiple sectors. Walter Williams, Edwardsville’s director of economic/community development, says World Wide Technology’s latest announcement that it is breaking ground on twin Gateway Commerce Center warehouses – each spanning one million square feet – is tangible evidence of serious investment in what Edwardsville has to offer companies. The builder has not yet been announced.

“Edwardsville’s continued success is attributable to our ability to attract investors and job creators,” said Williams.

Both McKeehan and Williams see parallels in the types of development that the two cities are attracting. O’Fallon, MO and Edwardsville are enjoying bustling hospitality development, sports destination development and warehouse-distribution investment. Like O’Fallon, the $12 million, 70-acre Plummer Family Sports Park near I-55, named for Edwardsville builder/developer Robert L. Plummer, is in the development stage.

Just as Edwardsville is known for high-tech manufacturing and distribution with its two advanced logistics parks, O’Fallon, MO is home to a large financial services cluster anchored by CitiMortgage and MasterCard’s global operations and technology center. According to McKeehan, O’Fallon has more than 6,000 employees in the industry sector.

“There are many commonalities between Edwardsville, IL and O’Fallon, MO, including highway access, strong geographic position, affordable housing, family oriented amenities, and with forward-thinking local government,” McKeehan said. “I think these commonalities all contribute to economic success.”

McKeehan emphasizes that the plusses inherent in the two municipalities that are attracting local, regional and national investment these days can also be found in other neighboring cities within the St. Louis MSA.

“St. Peters, MO has similar qualities as Edwardsville and O’Fallon,” said McKeehan, noting that the neighboring community was Amazon’s choice to build a 1,500-employee, 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center in the Premier 370 Business Park. This new operation is similar to the one in Edwardsville and is Amazon’s first fulfillment center in Missouri.

O’Fallon-Shiloh, IL is another investment-friendly community, according to McKeehan.

“I see O’Fallon-Shiloh in a similar position of strength,” he said. “All of these communities are centered on key transportation corridors that enable each to attract large commercial and industrial development.”

KWK Architects Designing New $3.5 Million Athletic Stadium at Westminster College in Fulton, MO

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Facility is largest capital improvement project on campus in over a decade 

KWK Architects is working on designs for a new $3.5 million athletic stadium at Westminster College in Fulton, MO, following a surprise announcement to students last week.

The new facility is made possible in part by a $3 million gift from college alumnus Kent Mueller and his wife, Judy. Westminster students learned of the big news on March 13 during a luncheon at the college’s Historic Gymnasium.

“On behalf of the entire Westminster community, I want to thank Kent and Judy Mueller for their strong support of our students, programs and facilities,” said Westminster President Fletch Lamkin. “The Muellers were leaders during my first tenure as President of Westminster with their transformational gifts to make this a beautiful campus, and now they are stepping up to the plate once more to provide the quality athletic facilities our student-athletes deserve. This is great news for our students and prospective students.”

The new stadium will be located within the college’s existing sports complex, which includes a training facility, softball and baseball fields and tennis courts, along with football and soccer fields.

“The current location of the main athletic field does not adequately utilize the site’s potential for a new stadium,” said KWK Principal Eric Neuner, AIA, NCARB. “The plan is to replace the current field with a new turf field and 2,000-seat stadium to the north and to create more practice fields and possibly a running track to the south in the future.”

The new athletic stadium, the largest capital improvement project on campus in over a decade, will be used for Westminster and local community events. A walking track around the new field for use by students and the public is also planned.

Phase I of the project will include new turf, scoreboard and lights on the field and is expected to be completed by the start of the 2018 football season.

Phase II, which will include construction of the bleachers, press box, concessions and restrooms, is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com or 314-583-1757.

IBEW/NECA Volunteers Make Electrical Improvements to Boy Scout Ranch near Farmington, Mo.

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For more than 50 years, the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America’s S Bar F Scout Ranch near Farmington, Mo. has served generations of scouts throughout eastern Missouri.  But flickering lights and other electrical issues betrayed an aging infrastructure in bad need of repair. Not anymore.

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, more than 40 volunteers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and nine electrical contractor members of the National Electrical Contractors Associations (NECA) donated services to repair the electrical issues.

“We greatly appreciate both IBEW and NECA leading by example for our scouts by volunteering to make much needed electrical improvements to the S Bar F Scout Ranch,” said Anthony Fouts, director of camping services for the Boy Scouts.

Work began in the early morning and was completed in about six hours.  IBEW and NECA repaired lights, switches, receptacles ceiling fans and ensured all wiring and installations met the standards of the National Electrical Code.

“A lot of our IBEW members have kids in the Boy Scouts and lead many scout troops,” said Lee Asher, business representative, IBEW Local 1.  “Those members came forward to help IBEW mobilize a team with our NECA partners to make electrical improvements to the ranch in time to serve thousands of scouts this summer.”

Among the NECA contractors that donated service trucks and tools to complete the work were Akron Electric Co.; Aschinger Electric Co.; Bell Electrical; Concept Electrical Services, LLC; Desoto Ozark Electric;  Kaemmerlen Electric, Meier Electric Co.; PayneCrest Electric, Inc.; and Sachs Electric Co. 

IBEW/NECA unite to form the Electrical Connection, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visitwww.electricalconnection.org.

Knoebel Construction Completes Construction of Fresh Thyme Grocery Store in St. Peters, MO

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Construction is complete for the new $5 million Fresh Thyme store in St. Peters, MO, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor.  The 28,720-square-foot store opens today, March 14.  The developer was InSite Real Estate and the architect was NORR.

The construction project consisted of precast concrete and custom interior finishes and was completed within a condensed schedule. The store features an extensive bulk food section with more than 400 bins of items and 25 percent of the store’s floor space is dedicated to fresh produce.

Knoebel Construction also constructed Fresh Thyme in South St. Louis, which opened last Fall. Fresh Thyme will employ approximately 95 people at the new St. Peters store.

Fresh Thyme, a rapidly growing Midwest specialty retailer focused on value-priced fresh, healthy natural and organic products and groceries, operates other St. Louis-area stores in Kirkwood, Ballwin, South St. Louis and O’Fallon, Missouri, and Fairview Heights, Illinois.

InSite Real Estate, LLC acquires, develops, and operates industrial, office, and retail investment property nationwide. 

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

 

Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites Opens in Maryland Heights, Mo.

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Midas Hospitality to manage St. Louis’ first dual-branded hotel by Marriott

Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott recently opened at 11918 Westline Industrial Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  The 119,000-square-foot hotel, which was the previous home of Clayton Engineering, cost $25 million.  This is Marriott’s first dual-branded hotel in the St. Louis area.

The hotel includes 96 suites for the Residence Inn and 88 rooms for the Fairfield Inn & Suites.  The property features a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, meetings rooms, guest laundry facilities, and backyard seating areas with a grill and pergola.  Located on Page Rd. east of I-270, the hotel is adjacent to Westport Plaza, Worldwide Technology headquarters, and Edward Jones headquarters, as well as 15 minutes from Lambert International Airport.

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, will manage the hotel built by sister company MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations.

“This dual-branded hotel – one of the Marriott Hotels & Resorts’ finest – truly complements the growing Maryland Heights’ area,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “We look forward to being a part of this community, as well as catering to both extended stay and transient customers.”.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 33 hotels in 14 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, MO, specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states.  MC Hotel Construction builds for leading brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Starwood and Legacy Suites.  For more information, call (314) 339-6600 or visit http://www.mchotelconstruction.com.

KAI Design & Build Engineering Department Completes The LINC Recreation & Wellness Center in Jefferson City, MO

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The Engineering Department at KAI Design & Build tapped its extensive recreational facility experience to help build The LINC Recreation & Wellness Center in Jefferson City, MO.

A collaborative project between Lincoln University and the City of Jefferson – Parks, Recreation and Forestry, the $11 million facility is cooperatively managed by both entities and provides improved services and facilities that link the university with the community.

KAI provided mechanical/electrical/plumbing and fire protection engineering on the new 79,808-square-foot, three-level facility. The main level features four, full-size gymnasiums and parks department offices and classrooms. The upper level boasts a fitness center with cardio and weight training equipment, meeting and class rooms, an elevated walking track and the university president’s suite, which overlooks the university’s football field. The basement level houses the Lincoln University athletic department.

The facility features over 2,000 square feet of dedicated indoor program and meeting spaces, which can be rented for small events or large gatherings.

Because two different agencies would be utilizing the facility, KAI had to design two separate data networks in the building, as security and privacy issues for each agency prevented them from sharing a single data network. Common spaces, such as classrooms that were to be used by both agencies, had jack outlets color coded so that users could identify which of the two data networks that they were connecting to.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through client collaboration, the latest technology, proprietary processes and individual expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

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.

Construction Underway on New $5 Million Fresh Thyme Store in St. Peters, MO

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Construction is underway of a new $5 million Fresh Thyme store in St. Peters, Missouri, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor. The 28,720-square-foot store is scheduled for completion Winter 2018. The developer is InSite Real Estate and the architect is NORR.

The construction project consists of precast concrete and custom interior finishes, and will be completed within a condensed schedule. Fresh Thyme will employ approximately 95 people at the new St. Peters store. Knoebel Construction also just completed construction of Fresh Thyme in South St. Louis, which is scheduled to open this Fall.

Fresh Thyme, a rapidly growing Midwest specialty retailer focused on value-priced fresh, healthy natural and organic products and groceries, operates other St. Louis-area stores in Kirkwood, Ballwin and O’Fallon, Missouri, and Fairview Heights, Illinois.

InSite Real Estate, LLC acquires, develops, and operates industrial, office, and retail investment property nationwide.  To date, InSite has completed over 500 industrial, office and retail projects in 35 states ranging from 2,000 to 2.6 million square feet in size and $1 million to $250 million in value.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants.

Contegra Construction Co. Completes 1.1 Million SF Logistics Optimization Center in Wentzville, Mo.

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Facility Serves GM Wentzville Assembly Plant

A massive 1.1 million-square-foot logistics center in Wentzville, Mo. is now serving the nearby General Motors Corp. assembly plant. Built by Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction Co., the multi-million dollar facility was built for developer NorthPoint Development.

Located on a 132-acre tract at 201 Wentzville Industrial Drive, the facility serves as a logistics optimization center for the GM plant.  It is designed and constructed to optimize delivery, storage and processing of parts and products for timely transport to the assembly plant.  TVS Supply Chain Solutions operates the facility.

The seven-month project was constructed with a conventional steel frame, metal frame roof, and site-cast tilt-up concrete panel walls.  It features a 32-foot clear height ceiling, 168 dock doors and six drive-in doors.

“Contegra did a great job managing the schedule overcoming a record rainfall that deluged the region as construction was getting underway,” said Larry Lapinksi, vice president, NorthPoint Development.

The project is among 14 logistic facilities in the Metro St. Louis that Contregra is currently building or completed in 2017.  Since 2014, Contegra has performed work on 20 logistics projects in the region, including two fulfillment centers for Amazon and a number of distribution and warehouse facilities.

Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Its capabilities include building developer- and owner-driven projects and site development.  Learn more at www.contegracc.com.

 

KAI Celebrates Grand Opening of Lacy Clay Center for Children’s Health in St. Louis, MO

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KAI provided architecture, MEP engineering and interior design on the project

KAI recently celebrated the grand opening of the Lacy Clay Center for Children’s Health in St. Louis, MO. KAI provided architecture, MEP engineering and interior design on the $6 million project.

Located at 5647 Delmar Blvd., the new 18,000-square-foot facility provides behavioral health, clinical and counseling support to children ages three to 17. The facility is owned by Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers.

The three-story facility houses administrative offices, examination rooms, therapy spaces, conference rooms, a kitchen, medical records room and an art therapy room, with two outdoor roof terraces on the third level.

KAI designed the family-friendly facility to be bright, open and comfortable. Day lighting was utilized throughout the building’s design to promote the productivity and well-being of the building’s occupants, while large windows were specified in rooms where children would gather, such as the art therapy room.

The building’s exterior was designed for low-maintenance and durability, featuring a combination of fiber cement panels, brick veneer, aluminum storefront and curtain wall glazing systems. The building is supported on spread footings bearing on structural fill, with load bearing masonry wall construction and interior steel columns and steel bar joist.

KAI’s interior design team focused on creating a soothing atmosphere using neutral and cool tones and incorporating soft metals that glimmer when light reflects off the material. Floor to ceiling, curved metal panels are used as an artistic piece on a wall greeting visitors as they enter the main lobby. The same language follows as curves are used in the floor pattern, ceiling clouds and reception desk.

Thoughtful use of color in the flooring, art panels, furniture and casework is seen throughout the second floor. KAI worked with St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc to create various artistic images of children playing within tempered glass panels to define each waiting area on the second floor. KAI consulted with health center representatives to select furniture for the first and second floor public areas that utilized materials that could withstand a healthcare environment and worked well with the color scheme.

“The overall goal was to deliver a great project that was within the budget,” said KAI Interior Specialist Asha Perez.  “We listened and paid close attention to the needs of the owner and the community whom we understood would visit this building.”

Dwayne A. Butler, CEO of Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health, expressed his satisfaction with KAI’s work, calling the building, “a game changer in urban behavioral health.”

“My performance expectations of our team have always been so high, that I am rarely shocked by the product of our efforts, but after taking a tour of the interior of our new children’s building, I was almost speechless. The new building is utterly extraordinary. I cannot imagine a more fitting gift to our communities’ most ignored and deserving children and families,” said Butler.

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.

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