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Leonardo DRS Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony in Bridgeton for New Engineering and Manufacturing Complex

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Leonardo DRS Inc. recently broke ground on its new engineering development and light manufacturing facility and offices in Bridgeton, Missouri, to accommodate its growing Land Systems line of business.

The company is investing in a new, best-in-class engineering, research and development and laboratory space to serve as the focal point for the majority of the business unit’s development and platform systems integration activities.  This move will permit the company’s operations to grow and continuing to serve its U.S. military customer while supporting the region for years to come.

The $32 million build-to-suit facility is being developed by U.S. Capital Development.

The event was attended by U.S. Representative Ann Wagner, Terry Briggs, Mayor, Bridgeton, Mo., and Aaron Hankins, Vice President and General Manger, Leonardo DRS Land Systems business unit, and other local representatives.

The Leonardo DRS Land Systems business unit is a recognized leader in the design and integration of complex technologies into new and legacy systems and platforms for global military and commercial customers.  Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Leonardo DRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A. See the full range of capabilities at www.LeonardoDRS.com<http://www.LeonardoDRS.com> and on Twitter @LeonardoDRSnews.

Landwide Development Corporation Finalizing Plans for Urban Senior Independent Living Experience in Wildwood, MO

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Construction on Independent Retirement Community Expected to Begin in Spring 2019

As the population of Baby Boomers ages in unprecedented numbers, the need for senior housing throughout the United States is increasing. The demographic growth for seniors in the City of Wildwood, MO, a suburb of St. Louis County, is a witness to that trend. Initial market research indicates a projected need for independent living retirement apartments in the Wildwood area and vicinity.

St. Louis-based developer Landwide Development Corporation (LDC) has plans to build a $22 million mixed-use, market-rate independent senior living community in the heart of Wildwood called The Prime Place at Wildwood Town Center to accommodate those active seniors.

Located at the corner of Main and Eastgate streets, the proposed development is within the city’s town center and within walking distance of a pharmacy, movie theater, restaurants, hotel, grocery store, gym, doctor offices, parks and trails, and other shopping.

“Our senior living community provides a new kind of independence, unlike anything else in the area. Our development will encourage residents to remain active within downtown Wildwood and promote interaction between residents and their families within the surrounding business, shopping and entertainment area. The Town Center district offers access to many important services and choices that will help our residents remain independent, healthy and active,” said Landwide Development Corp. President Michael E. Kennedy, Sr. “We refer to our development as the state rooms on the cruise ship, and the stores around it is the deck of the ship. I can’t think of any place safer than Wildwood Town Center.”

Landwide plans to begin pre-leasing the apartments in December 2018, with a ground breaking planned in summer 2019. Although the community will not be completed until 2020, interested seniors will be able to view model and perspective renderings of the apartments and lobby areas by visiting a leasing office that will be set up on the development’s proposed site.

KAI Design & Build has been contracted to serve as architect, engineer and general contractor on The Prime Place development.

For more information about The Prime Place at Wildwood Town Center, contact: Doreen Scarfino at 636-821-1400 or visit www.theprimeplacewildwood.com.

Founded in 1980, Landwide Development Corporation is a real estate development and property management firm based in St. Louis, MO. Landwide founder and managing member Michael E. Kennedy, Sr. has more than 40 years of experience in real estate and architecture, having directed the design of more than 16,000 units of multifamily housing throughout Southern and Midwestern United States. 

Wiegmann Associates completes work at new American Outdoor Brands Corporation distribution center in Columbia, MO

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Wiegmann Associates has completed HVAC and Building Automation System work for the new American Outdoor Brands Corporation distribution center in Columbia, MO. Wiegmann was the design/build mechanical contractor for the project. The general contractor was Ryan Companies. The architect was Heitman Architects. The new facility is expected to be in full operation this December and is estimated to create 300 jobs over the next several years.

Wiegmann engineered a new energy-efficient and cost-effective HVAC system that serves the warehouse, offices, cafeteria, employee fitness center, conference rooms and boardrooms. Multi-zone variable air volume (VAV) packaged rooftop units were designed for the office areas to minimize fan speed and fan energy consumption, when possible. Natural gas makeup air units were used to heat the warehouse.

Wiegmann also provided and installed their own Direct Digital Control (DDC) system using Delta Controls. The Building Automation System controls all HVAC equipment in the facility and will allow the owner to monitor and schedule the HVAC system remotely and maximize energy savings.

The 576,214-square-foot, single-story distribution center will house outdoor sports recreation products and firearms manufactured by American Outdoor Brands Corporation. The facility was designed to improve logistics and supply chain efficiencies and to accommodate future expansion of up to 400,000 square feet.

Founded in 1852, American Outdoor Brands Corporation, formerly Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, creates a range of products for shooting, hunting and rugged outdoor enthusiasts. The company owns 18 brands, including well-known Smith & Wesson firearms.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Holland Construction Working on Renovations for New Mack Truck Service Center in St. Charles, MO

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Holland Construction Services is currently working on a 12,000 square-foot renovation to house a new Mack Truck Service Center for Vanguard Truck Centers. The new service center will be located at 940 Harmsted Court in St. Charles, Missouri.

The nearly $1 million renovation includes both interior and exterior work. The new service center will feature a newly remodeled interior, including a lobby, parts showroom and warehouse, drivers lounge, offices, a wash bay and service bays.  The exterior of the building will receive new paint, canopy and signage, along with a new parking lot, landscaping and lighting.

Senior Project Manager Steve Teipe with Holland Construction Services commented that “Holland is very excited to be constructing this project for Vanguard Truck Centers which will allow Vanguard to provide truck service to their customers from the St. Charles, Missouri area.”

Vanguard Truck Centers owns and operates full service commercial truck centers across the United States with locations in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas.

Fitzgerald & Associates out of Oklahoma City, OK is the architect on the project. Construction is scheduled to be complete this October.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

IMPACT Strategies Begins Tenant Improvements for BASF in Fenton, MO

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IMPACT Strategies has been selected by KP Development to oversee the tenant improvements of a 78,000 square foot space within a 170,000 square foot warehouse for the relocation of BASF’s agricultural services division in Fenton, MO. The new location will be in the Fenton Logistics Park and will be the first project in this rapidly expanding park for IMPACT Strategies.

This facility will produce and store pest control products, specifically for termites. Roughly two-thirds of the space will be dedicated to warehouse and production areas and the remaining third will be offices. Thirty-foot demising walls will be installed as well as completely new and redesigned MEP Systems.

This project is set to be finished in just over two months, with completion in mid-November 2018.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. 

KAI Design & Build to Construct Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, MO

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Inspiring groundbreaking ceremony held on Sept. 13

The sun was shining and so were the spirits of all who gathered to break ground on Sept. 13 for the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, MO. The event marked a time of renewal for the area which gained national attention in 2014 for violent protests following the fatal police shooting of teen Michael Brown.

The $12.4 million Teen Center of Excellence, under construction at 9200 West Florissant, will offer afterschool and summer programs to youth ages 12-18 in the North St. Louis County area.

KAI Design & Build has been selected as the general contractor for the project, which is expected to open in time for the 2019-20 school year and is one of the first of its kind in the country. The architect on the project is Arcturis of St. Louis, MO.

“KAI is ready to build this facility for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. This is a much-needed community asset in North St. Louis County,” said KAI Design & Build President Michael Kennedy, Jr. “It wouldn’t have been possible without a region that is committed to creating positive change in Ferguson. I am really proud of what the private and corporate community is doing to make this facility a reality.”

The 26,856-square-foot, three-level center will provide a safe place for area youth to gather and participate in a variety of activities. Designs for the facility include a nutrition education center, gym, teen lounge, outdoor garden, auditorium, music and art studio, office space, intellectual commons, innovation center, and outdoor basketball and activity court.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has a 50-plus-year track record of success in the St. Louis region as a youth services provider and will implement nationally acclaimed programs at the new Teen Center similar to those offered in the ten locations it presently operates (seven of which are located in North County). Programming will include an emphasis on health and wellness (such as yoga, healthy habits, open gym), education and workforce development (such as college tours, ACT/SAT prep, tutoring), STEAM (such as coding, app creation, robotics) and leadership and civic engagement (such as fine and performing arts, community service, applied arts).

“Building a Boys & Girls Club in the Ferguson area will produce positive outcomes in a community that has been subsumed with difficult realities and negative images. Adding a successful youth focused organization into Ferguson like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which has a long track record of success, can bolster young people’s attitudes and give them a sense of hope. A new club will enrich our children’s lives and the city by helping its youth build strong character, graduate from high school with a plan for life, and become productive citizens,” said Dr. Flint Fowler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President.

About KAI Design & Build

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. Since its inception in 1980, KAI has been instrumental in reshaping the urban environment through its expertise in housing, K-12 schools, transit facilities, collegiate structures, commercial buildings, sports and recreational facilities, government/justice centers and healthcare buildings. Beginning as an architectural design firm, KAI added mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering to give clients a full package of in-house disciplines for their projects. Today, KAI continues with its original core service of design and has quickly grown its construction management group since 1997. Additionally, KAI is a leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM), applying the skill set to architectural, engineering and construction projects firm-wide. KAI’s affiliate locations include Atlanta, Omaha, Dallas and San Antonio. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

 

S. M. Wilson Completes Construction of TruFusion Fitness & Yoga Gym in Clayton, MO

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has completed construction of TruFusion’s newest location, which is now open.

Located in Clayton, the 17,000+ SF venue features space for a unique blend of yoga, cycle, Pilates, kettlebell, barre, bootcamp and boxing allowing members to customize their experience based on their interests and fitness level.

“We offer a vast array of class styles that fuse multiple disciplines.  With the uniquely blended classes that we offer, people would otherwise have to pay for memberships at three or more studios to find this much diversity,” explains franchisee Joe Goldberg. “We’re so excited to bring this unique concept to the St. Louis community.”

TruFusion St. Louis was designed and constructed to portray a luxe atmosphere which derives partly from its upscale feel and partly from its organic accents. The gym features visually striking heated and unheated rooms.

The project also consisted of upscale amenities including spa-like locker rooms; the second location of the former Cardinals team chef’s Revel Kitchen, offering bowls, salads and wraps, as well as smoothies and raw, cold-pressed juices; and a retail boutique offering the latest fitness and athleisure trends. Space was also constructed for childcare, massage and personal training.

FM Group Inc was the architect for the project.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area.  The company posted $230 million in 2017 revenues and ranks 271st in Engineering News-Record’s 2017 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Since its launch in Las Vegas in 2013, TruFusion has earned a reputation for having the best variety of classes, workshops and hot fusion workouts, and was named among the “Best of Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  For more information, please visit www.trufusion.com.

The Staenberg Group Acquires Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield, MO

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Property will be Transformed to Unique Entertainment, Shopping and Dining Destination 

The Staenberg Group (TSG), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, has announced the acquisition of Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield, Missouri, an affluent suburb of St. Louis. The shopping center, located in the Chesterfield Valley on North Outer 40 Road, is currently comprised of approximately 300,000 square feet of outlet retail space.  TSG plans to transform the outlet center into a destination with exhilarating entertainment, innovative dining and unique shopping.

“This acquisition allows us the opportunity to deliver an exciting, vibrant entertainment destination unlike any other,” says Timothy Lowe, vice president of leasing and development for The Staenberg Group.  “With a highly creative mix of attractions, there will be nothing else like this in the St. Louis market. Visitors will be immersed in a unique mix of fun, food, and style — all in one easily accessible location.”

During the estimated 12-month transition phase, the outlet property will be renamed Chesterfield Outlets, and customers will continue to find their favorite outlet shops.

“Our impressive portfolio of properties, including Chesterfield Commons, one of the most successful power center developments, underscores our ability and commitment to develop and sustain thriving retail centers,” says Michael H. Staenberg, president and founder of The Staenberg Group. “Our in-depth knowledge of the Chesterfield market, coupled with an exceptional working relationship with city officials, positions this project as a game-changer.”

The Staenberg Group develops, leases and manages commercial properties throughout the country. The company and its principal have developed, leased and managed a portfolio of more than 200 shopping centers comprising in excess of 35 million square feet of quality retail space, including over 1,000 restaurants and 1,000 retail transactions, across the United States.

TSG Properties is a full service commercial real estate development company that owns, manages and leases shopping centers throughout the heartland. The firm offers a complete menu of development and leasing services including site selection, design, build, acquisition, investment and partnership opportunities for shopping centers. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, TSG Properties is headed by industry leader Michael Staenberg, who has developed, leased and managed a portfolio of over 100 properties comprising 20,000,000+ square feet of retail space across the US. 

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.

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