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Orchard Farm High School Kicks off Football Home Opener with a New Scoreboard Donated by the Electrical Connection

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The Electrical Connection has donated another new digital scoreboard, including its installation, to an area high school. The Orchard Farm High School Eagles dedicated its new scoreboard before its Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 home opener.  The scoreboard was installed by Schaeffer Electric and electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.   IBEW partners with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to form the Electrical Connection.

“We are well familiar with the high quality electrical service provided by IBEW/NECA to our school district, said Orchard Farm School District Superintendent Dr. Tom Muzzey. “But the value-added service they deliver is found in the generosity of their community support, such as the donated digital scoreboard.”

Orchard Farm High School has 600 students.  The school district serves 2,100 students in pre-kindergarten through high school in St. Charles County.  The Sept. 13, 2019 game had a disappointing outcome for the Eagles with a loss to St. Louis Priory.

Members of the Electrical Connection partnership have proficiently installed a number of electrical improvements to schools in the Orchard Farm School District.  In addition to Schaeffer Electric, that has most recently included NECA contractors Warren County Electric, LLC, TSI Global Companies, and Camp Electric & Heating Co., Inc.  IBEW offers an electrical contractor hotline to help customers find reliable and quality electrical service providers at 314-932-6526.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  The Electrical Connection offers the largest data base of Missouri’s most reliable and proficient electrical contractors at  Or you can call the IBEW electrical contractor hotline at 314-932-6526.

Photo Above: At the dedication of the new Orchard Farm High scoreboard are, left to right, Dr. Wade Steinhoff, assistant superintendent; Eric Schroer, athletic director; Jeff Witt, business agent, IBEW Local 1; Tim Green, Electrical Connection; Dr. Greg Jones, high school principal

Trades Outreach Recruiter Educating, Guiding Entrants into Construction Careers

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The Associated General Contractors of Missouri and other St. Louis organizational partners are serious about recruiting more individuals into its construction training schools and into the construction trades. Evidence of this is the AGCMO Education Foundation’s own recruitment of a former union laborer and social worker who is now serving as the construction careers outreach manager.

Sergio Munoz, 63, a native of La Paz, Bolivia and a first-generation American, is working full-time for the new Construction Careers Center in St. Louis, connecting workers with job opportunities.

“There are too many barriers to entry for these displaced workers,” said Munoz, referring to the urban unemployed and minorities, who are seeking to restart their lives and their careers. “Part of my job is to evaluate their skill level, point them down the right path and help them make the right connections. Sometimes all someone needs is that first break,” he added.

Educating a broad swath of the general population about the opportunities available to those who choose to work in the construction trades is a top priority for Munoz and others working in recruiting the future trades workforce. “We need to elevate the image of construction workers,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do with that.”

Working the job fairs is a big part of what Munoz and partners are doing. They’re interacting with hundreds of potential construction trades workers via large employment events such as the NGA West Job Training Fair sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Building Union Diversity (BUD) program is another active partner organization in the St. Louis-wide effort to guide and train more qualified individuals, and to make a construction career accessible to them.

Paul Smith, vice president of workforce development for the Education Foundation, said guiding potential apprenticeship candidates through the job search process is crucial.

“Oftentimes when a potential candidate does not satisfy the requirements of one particular program, he or she is not aware of other construction-related opportunities in which he or she may meet the requirements,” Smith said. “One-on-one, individualized support is needed to help guide candidates through the process. Placing construction trades candidates in the training program that best matches their needs and skills – and supporting them through the process – is our goal. We’re glad to have Sergio at the helm,” he added.

Apartment Industry & Residents Contribute $18 Billion to St. Louis Metro’s Economy

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A new Hoyt Advisory Services Study commissioned by the National Apartment Association (NAA) and National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) reveals that the apartment industry and its residents annually contribute $18 billion to the St. Louis metro’s economy, $38.4 billion to Missouri’s, and more than $3.4 trillion – or $9.3 billion daily – to the national economy. The new report, available at, provides a detailed breakdown of the economic impact nationally, by state, and in 50 metro areas.

In St. Louis, the apartment industry supports 96,358 jobs.  Other financial contributions break down as follows: resident spending contributes $16.1 billion to the local economy, operations add $780 million, new construction contributes $810 million, and renovation and repair add $320 million.

“St. Louis city is currently seeing an unprecedented amount of development including over 2,000 apartment units in the pipeline. The city is going to receive over 50% of the units currently under construction in the St. Louis MSA, even though it contains only 11% of the population. Demand drivers, such as the $1.75 billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency project, which is set to break ground this summer in north St. Louis, and the continued development of the Cortex Innovation Community are turning the city into a tech-hub. Apartment developers are taking note,” said John Morrissey, Broadmoor Group, St. Louis Apartment Association Board of Directors.

“As demand for apartments continues to grow locally and nationally, the significant contributions to the St. Louis metro’s economy also increase. Apartments drive our local economy by adding employment opportunities, as well as revenue from resident spending, new construction, renovation and repair, and operations, all of which are positively impacting St. Louis,” Morrissey added.

The study also determined that the apartment industry has a major impact on local, state and national tax economies. Locally, tax payments associated with local apartment operations added $120 million and their residents contributed more than $1.3 billion in taxes to the St. Louis metro economy. These taxes support schools, improvements to local infrastructure, and other critical services in St. Louis.

Highlights from the report include:

  • All four sectors of the industry have posted very strong growth, punctuated by the construction industry ramping up to meet the unprecedented demand for apartments this cycle – reaching a height of 346,900 new apartments built in 2017, up from 129,900 in 2011.
  • Previous research by Hoyt Advisory Services demonstrated a need to build an average of 328,000 apartments per year at a variety of price points, which would bring continued economic activity. This number of apartment completions has only been surpassed twice since 1989.
  • Hoyt research also found that a significant portion of the existing apartment stock will need to be renovated in the coming years, boosting the renovation and repair sector.

“The apartment industry’s contribution is one that has grown in recent years, fueled by increased rental demand overall as population and employment growth continue and renting becomes a preferred tenure choice for millions of Americans,” said Eileen Marrinan, Managing Director of Eigen 10 Advisors, which partnered with Hoyt.

Visit and view the data, which is broken down by state and metro area. Visitors can also use the Apartment Community Estimator (ACE), a tool that allows users to enter the number of apartment homes of an existing or proposed community to determine the potential economic impact within a particular state or metro area.  For the purposes of this study, apartments are defined as rental apartments in buildings with five or more units.

For more than 25 years, the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA) have partnered on behalf of America’s apartment industry. Drawing on the knowledge and policy expertise of staff in Washington, D.C., as well as the advocacy power of more than 150 NAA state and local affiliated associations, NAA and NMHC provide a single voice for developers, owners and operators of multifamily rental housing. For more information, please visit or

Missouri University of Science and Technology Announces 62nd Annual Asphalt Conference

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2019 marks the 62nd appearance of the Asphalt Conference, going back to 1958, which makes it one of the oldest asphalt conferences in the country. I’ve been privileged to be the director since 1985, building on the success of the six directors that preceded me. The conference has seen many changes through the years. The conference has grown from a partial day to a full day-and-a- half, numbers of presentations from 7 to over 20, and registration from 150 to well over 300 participants. Presentation media in the old days included 35 mm slides and overhead transparencies. The technology today is strikingly different! The location of the conference has remained primarily in Rolla, but has shifted sites on campus. The one constant that has been true from the get-go is the high quality of speakers, including nationally prominent individuals. Throughout the years, the conference has maintained strong ties to the Asphalt Institute, MoDOT, and the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association. The topics presented, of course, have changed with the needs of the day, from the “Ottawa Road Test” to smoothness specifications to Superpave to recycling and sustainability. The introduction of industry exhibitors and corporate sponsors round out the changes over the last 6 decades.

Through it all, the goals of the conference have always been the same: to provide timely, up-to-date, and relevant topics covering the spectrum of activity in the asphalt paving industry, all at a reasonable price. Keeping abreast of the current desired topical trends is only possible by the hard work and expertise of the conference planning committee: 10 to 20 members of the asphalt community drawn from all walks of the asphalt world.

Who should attend? The short answer is anyone that works in the asphalt world: pavement construction, design, specification, maintenance, and material production and supply. So, the folks that attend are typically paving contractors, binder and mixture material suppliers, aggregate producers, equipment suppliers, public agency engineers and staff at the local, state, and national levels, consulting engineers, and testing lab personnel.

Do you want to get your questions answered? Learn new things? See old friends? Network with employers? Well then, mark your calendars and come on down to Rolla December 3rd and 4th, 2019!

Electrical Connection Donates Digital Scoreboard to Herculaneum High School

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The Herculaneum High School Black Cats saluted the Electrical Connection for donating a new scoreboard to enliven football games.  The digital scoreboard was dedicated on Sept. 6, 2019 prior to its football with Fredericktown High School. The scoreboard was installed by Schaeffer Electric and electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.   IBEW partners with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to form the Electrical Connection.

“There’s always excitement in a new Herculaneum High School Football season, but new scoreboard brings added energy to the games, said Dunklin R-5 School District Superintendent Stan Stratton. “We are grateful to the Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership for making our games even more memorable with the donated scoreboard.  They are a great supporter of our school and community.”

Herculaneum High School has 440 students and is part of the Dunklin R-5 District, which serves 1,700 students in pre-kindergarten through high school.  The Sept. 6, 2019 game had a disappointing outcome for the Black Cats as its record dropped to 1-1 with a loss to Fredericktown High School.

Members of the Electrical Connection partnership have proficiently installed a number of electrical improvements to schools in the Dunklin R-5 District.  NECA contractor J.F. Electric is currently working on some electric upgrades for the district and in addition to its scoreboard installation, Schaeffer Electric has performed other work in the district.  NECA contractors Aschinger ElectricOzark Electric and Kaemmerlen Electric have also served the district. IBEW offers an electrical contractor hotline to help customers find reliable and quality electrical service providers at 314-932-6526.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  The Electrical Connection offers the largest data base of Missouri’s most reliable and proficient electrical contractors at  Or you can call the IBEW electrical contractor hotline at 314-932-6526.

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2019 HBA President John Suelthaus (Kingbridge Homes) (left) and HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (right) presented a $15,000 donation to Deirdre Schaneman, resource development operations manager for Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL).

The donation will be used to support Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis’ 2019 build program. The funding will play an integral role in helping HFHSL reach its goal of building 10 new homes in the La Saison neighborhood. Once the homes are completed, they will be purchased by hardworking, low-income families who will perform 350 hours of sweat equity to qualify for their purchase, and take on a 30-year, affordable mortgage payment.

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.

St. Louis Trades Say They’re Robust Compared to Shortage Pockets Nationwide

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Some 80 percent of construction firms across the U.S. report they are having a difficult time filling hourly craft positions across construction trade categories, but St. Louis construction industry execs say the region’s labor supply is adequate to meet the demands of current and near-future building projects here.

“That said, I don’t think we can ever have enough or too many people in the pipeline,” said Len Toenjes, president of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri.

The nationwide 80 percent statistic hails from August 2019 findings of a National Worker Shortage Survey Analysis conducted by Autodesk and the AGC of America. Nearly 2,000 survey respondents included those representing union and open-shop companies ranging from $50 million and under to more than $500 million in annual revenues.

Labor shortages are prompting many firms to boost pay and compensation, according to the survey, with 29 percent reporting they’re using incentives and sign-on bonuses to attract craft workers. Also, 46 percent of respondents said their organizations have launched or enhanced in-house training programs. One-half of all those surveyed said they’ve become active in career-building programs.

On the regional level, organizations including the St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562, the AGC of Missouri and the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis are continually reaching out to articulate the message of what a career in the trades can mean to individuals and families.

“In the last three years, we’ve brought in more than 400 new members,” said John O’Mara, business manager and secretary-treasurer for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562. “There are certainly pockets of the country that are struggling, but here in St. Louis we’re not having problems (recruiting). Our active membership is in the 2,900 range. We’ve been intentional about it over the past several years. We went from a one-man recruiting team to a team of six that is constantly recruiting, with individuals applying online year-round.” Local 562’s recruitment strategy includes a VIP program that courts individuals retiring from military service, he said.

David Gillick, executive director of the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, agreed that St. Louis’ construction workforce scenario, from his vantage point, compares favorably to the national shortages because of a key ingredient: retention of existing members. The MCA of St. Louis’ membership includes Bricklayers Local 1 and Tilesetters Local 18.

“Our average age of (MCA of St. Louis) member is 44,” Gillick said, “which is relatively young. In the past, that age was more like 50. What makes our program a bit unique is that we have a high percentage of retainage…90 percent of those who start their careers with us remain with us. I think that’s because there’s a commitment in both directions (from the employer and from the worker).”

Five Smart Tech Trends Transforming Construction

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Submitted On Behalf Of Construction Users Roundtable

Technology is increasingly revolutionizing all industries in the world, and the construction industry is not an exception. Smart technology is rapidly changing the way construction companies interact with their work environment, improving their quality of project delivery.

As the demand for quality construction services rises, we expect more construction firms to adopt smart technologies to increase their productivity. Technologies like dronesaugmented realityvirtual reality, and 3D printing are already at play.

In this guide, we explore some of the newest construction technologies that will take the industry to the next level.

Here are five smart tech trends propelling digital transformation in the construction sector.

3D Printing

3D printing is an emerging trend in the construction industry. Considering that the cost of 3D printing has reduced, its adoption rate has increased steadily. Construction companies are now using this technology to produce scale models.

3D printing has been there since the 1980s, and its progress in the construction industry is outstanding. Its potential is fully utilized today to design the construction components of a building.

Construction companies are beginning to understand the benefits of 3D printing. With this technology, construction firms can now:

  • Print the designs for complex buildings
  • Create construction models for better project visualization
  • Identify problems in building plans
  • Communicate effectively with project owners
  • Complete projects on time

Drone Technology

The use of drones in construction sites has grown in popularity over the past few years. Drones can perform a wide range of tasks, including building surveys and inspections.

Inspection is critical in every phase of a construction project, right from laying the foundation to building a complete structure. It helps contractors to pinpoint potential risks.

Drones use photography to collect data on a construction site. Contractors can analyze the data and establish the state of critical aspects in the area.

For instance, before laying a foundation, drones can assess the drainage and vegetation of a construction site. The findings help contractors to make informed decisions.

Drones play a significant role in promoting the safety of workers in construction sites. During on-site accidents, these unmanned aerial vehicles can assess areas risky for humans.

Construction managers can also use drones to supervise and monitor workers. It ensures that all employees are working safely without fear of impending danger.

What makes drones valuable is their ability to capture data of a wide area within a short duration. They use sophisticated cameras and GPS sensors to provide quality results.

Besides surveying sites and inspecting the progress of a construction project, drones can also help in the creation of promotional videos for construction companies.

Smart Building Materials

As the techniques used to construct buildings advances steadily, innovations for smart building materials are also finding their way into the market. Smart building materials can make building structures more durable, stronger, and safer.

Today, there are several smart building materials in the market. Some of these materials include smart concrete, self-healing coatings, and smart glass.

Smart Concrete

Smart concrete is stronger and more durable than their counterparts. With the concrete, contractors can easily monitor strains and damages in structures. Smart concrete relieves construction engineers from the burden of manual inspection.

Smart concrete uses voltage monitors to detect damages beforehand, allowing contractors to do the repairs on time. With this concrete, there is no need for embedding sophisticated sensors in the building structure.

Self-Healing Coatings

Contractors can apply these polymer-based coatings on the surface of building structures to correct damages like cracks and scratches. Factors such as water, light, and heat can trigger self-corrective mechanisms.

Smart Glasses

Smart glasses can change their transmission properties based on dominant factors like light and heat. For instance, when too much light is striking a transparent smart glass, it will dim itself and turn translucent. These glasses are ideal for building smart homes in sunny areas.

Augmented/ Virtual Reality

Augmented reality in construction is becoming increasingly popular today. The technology provides real-time collaboration between construction companies and their clients. Contractors can share all the information regarding a project with the project owners.

In most cases, contractors use augmented reality to highlight potentially hazardous areas in a construction project. It helps in mitigating on-site risks and promoting the site safety.

While augmented reality pinpoints hazards in a construction project, virtual reality, on the other hand, trains workers on how to avoid or minimize such risks.

With the help of virtual reality, you can safely train your workers on how to operate heavy machineries like excavators and cranes. The technology can also help employees reduce exposure to hazardous environments.

Virtual reality eliminates the fear of fixing scaffoldings at greater heights and operating heavy machinery. With this technology, you will most likely reduce the number of on-site injuries.

Using virtual reality and augmented reality altogether will expand your company’s ability to conceptualize construction projects while promoting the quality of service and safety of workers.


Nothing protects a construction worker from danger like a smart wearable device that can alert the worker when they’re approaching a potentially hazardous zone.

Wearables are smart devices that workers put on while working. The equipment uses sensors to collect data on construction sites and transmit it to both the worker and the supervisor.

Wearables include smart vests, watches, glasses, shoes, and helmets. These devices use sensors to read the workers surrounding and send real-time reports to project managers.

When it comes to the safety of workers, wearables have numerous applications. The smart devices can:

  • Measure the height and speed of a fall
  • Notify workers of hazards
  • Monitor body temperature, blood pressure, and the heartbeat rate of workers
  • Send signals to safety personnel alerting them of on-site accidents

With wearables, workers perform their duties confidently knowing that they are safe. When proper safety measures are in place, workers get motivated. As a result, the productivity of a construction firm will increase tremendously.

Final Words

Technologies like drones, 3D printing, wearables, virtual reality, and augmented reality are some of the latest smart tech trends in the construction industry. When used together with construction project management software, one can achieve the best results.

Before adopting smart technologies in your construction company, it is vital to evaluate your requirements. That will help you establish an accurate estimate and a perfect working budget for your construction projects. This post by Procore will help you understand the basics of cost estimation.

‘2019 Top Plant Award’ for Bagnell Dam Stabilization Project at Ameren Missouri Osage Energy Center

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$53 million project was first major structural update in over 30 years for 85-year-old historic dam, which holds back 600 billion gallons of water 

MC Industrial, Inc., a McCarthy Holdings company, which serves the specialized construction needs of the industrial market nationwide, has received a “2019 Top Plant Award” in the renewable category from POWER magazine. The award recognizes MC Industrial’s work as general contractor for the Bagnell Dam Stabilization project, a $53 million investment in major structural and anchoring upgrades for the Ameren Missouri Osage Energy Center in Lake Ozark, Mo.

Completed three months ahead of schedule and on-budget in September 2018, the stabilization project was the first major structural update in over 30 years for the 85-year-old historic Bagnell Dam. The hydroelectric dam holds back 600 billion gallons of water from the Osage River at Lake of the Ozarks and is a source of clean energy for the entire state, as well as the centerpiece of a billion-dollar tourism destination.

When it was built in 1931, the Bagnell Dam, which created the Lake, was the largest construction project in the nation during the Great Depression. Today, it is the largest privately funded dam in the U.S. and produces more than 624,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy that powers 52,000 homes each year.

“This recognition as a Top Plant from POWER magazine is very special for this complicated 18-month-long project on the downstream side of the Dam to improve overall safety, efficiency and reliability, as well as long-term sustainability,” said Michael Hartwig, project manager for MC Industrial.

Work performed to enhance the structural integrity of the Bagnell Dam demanded expertise in heavy civil and major dam rehabilitation. The three-part project included installation of 67 new post-tension anchors to help secure the dam to the underlying bedrock; more than 66-million pounds of new concrete poured to further weigh down the dam; and a new concrete overlay to replace worn and cracked concrete on the east and west sections.

Notable innovations included the use of Project Tracker, a Lean construction tracking 3D model software developed by McCarthy to allow real-time integration of project data, enabling the project to be completed three months ahead of schedule. In addition, the project is the first in the U.S. to use Duoguard Formtex, a new permeable form liner, to complete the challenging vertical and diagonal concrete pours, ensuring a durable surface free from imperfections.

“This project was focused on keeping this vital asset providing clean energy in the long-term, using the best possible engineering available today,” said Warren Witt, director of hydro operations at Ameren Missouri. “The high-quality work will ensure Bagnell Dam and the Osage Energy Center operate reliably and safely, affording the quality of life for hundreds of thousands who enjoy all that the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer each year.”

For more than four decades, POWER magazine has honored the top performers in the electricity-generating industry with annual power plant awards. More information about the project is available at

MC Industrial, Inc., a McCarthy Holdings company, serves the specialized construction needs of the industrial market nationwide, providing turnkey services that deliver uncompromising commitment to safety and quality regardless of project size or complexity. MC Industrial has decades of proven experience in a variety of markets including power & renewables, petrochemical & refinery, heavy industrial and manufacturing. More information is available at

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. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedInand Instagram.

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri’s mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 130,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. For more information, visit or follow us at @AmerenMissouri or

Centene Community Ice Center Grand Opening Set For September 7th

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Featuring City of Maryland Heights, Legacy Ice Foundation, St. Louis Blues and Centene Corporation Senior Leaders at 11 a.m.

Maryland Heights, Mo., August 29, 2019 — The City of Maryland Heights, the Legacy Ice Foundation and the St. Louis Blues will open the new Centene Community Ice Center to the public Saturday, September 7 with a full day of celebration including a dedication ceremony, music, celebrities, hockey games, free public skating sessions, food, family friendly activities and more.

The public is invited to attend and participate in the festivities, which will begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 11:30 p.m. and include giveaway prizes for the first 3,000 in attendance and a formal dedication ceremony at 11 a.m.

The $83 million, state-of-the-art ice sports complex located at 750 Casino Center Drive features three indoor NHL-sized sheets of ice with public seating areas holding up to 2,500 spectators. The Ice Center will serve as the official practice facility of the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues.

A fourth covered outdoor rink will be a year-round destination featuring ice skating in colder months and serve the remainder of the year as a 4,200-seat multi-purpose venue for concerts scheduled by Live Nation, community festivals and other city events.

The day’s festivities will include the following activities:


  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Street festival featuring food trucks and family activities including jugglers, balloon artists, The Bubble Bus, air brush tattoos, the St. Louis Blues Street Crew with their inflatables and more.
  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Music by the ‘Pride of Pattonville’ High School Marching Band.
  • 10:45 – 11 a.m.: Boy Scout Special Needs Troop 724 presenting the colors and national anthem sung by Charles Glenn.
  • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Dedication Ceremony and ribbon cutting featuring:
    • Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller;
    • Louis Blues Chairman Tom Stillman;
    • Louis Legacy Ice Foundation Chairman Patrick Quinn;
    • Louis Blues President and CEO of Business Operations Chris Zimmerman;
    • Centene Corporation Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer Marcela Manjarrez Hawn
  • Noon – 2 p.m.: Music by the Charles Glenn Band.


  • Free one-hour public skating sessions with skate rental and DJ music at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Participants can bring their own skates or rent skates for free; however, size availability is limited.
  • Hockey games featuring Blues Sled Hockey at 3:30 p.m., Blues Blind Hockey Game at 4:10 p.m., St. Louis Blues Special Hockey at 4:50 p.m., Celebrity/Coaches Hockey Game at 5:45 p.m., Police vs. Fire Hockey at 7:15 p.m. and co-ed intra-squad Lindenwood University Hockey at 8:45 p.m.
  • Louis AAA Blues and Lady Cyclones will be practicing throughout the afternoon.
  • Special appearances by members of the St. Louis Blues’ Blue Crew throughout the day.

Food and beverages will be provided all day by food trucks.  Special exhibits will be on display throughout the day from the Blues Street Team, Lindenwood University, the Lady Cyclones and others.  On-site parking will be available and supported with shuttle transportation to overflow off-site parking areas at nearby Hollywood Casino St. Louis.  More information about the grand opening, registration for public skating sessions and ongoing programs is available at

The St. Louis Blues, the St. Louis Blues Alumni, Lindenwood University, the St. Louis Blues AAA program and the St. Louis Lady Cyclones are the primary tenants of the Centene Community Ice Center.  The facility will also host high school teams and leagues, hockey tournaments and regional events from across the Midwest and nationally.  The Ice Center represents a regional movement to engage more youth in skating and ice sports.  Its construction fills a major need in the St. Louis community, providing the support and resources necessary to foster the growth of hockey and other ice sports and the health and well-being of the region’s youth.  For more information, visit

Mercy Healthcare will offer sports medicine, therapy, training and other ancillary medical services through an on-site space.  The Ice Center will also house retail and restaurant spaces as well as concourses and support facilities.

Overall, the Centene Community Ice Center expects more than 1 million visitors annually, filling more than 16,000 hotel nights and delivering an estimated $20 million economic impact. The complex is funded through a public-private partnership with support from the City of Maryland Heights, St. Louis County, the State of Missouri, the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation, the St. Louis Blues and Centene Corporation.  The 27-acre facility is managed by Spectra, a national entertainment and hospitality company, through the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation as part of a 30-year agreement with the City of Maryland Heights, which will own the facility upon completion.

“The arrival of the Centene Community Ice Center is a major step forward in the City’s overall development of the Maryland Park Lake District as an environmentally responsible community of recreation, sports, entertainment, hospitality and lifestyle amenities,” said Mike Moeller, Mayor of Maryland Heights. “This ice sports complex fits perfectly into our vision of the Lake District as a catalyst for regional growth and development.  This is a great partnership with the City of Maryland Heights, the St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation that will facilitate development of the Lake District and be a tremendous asset to the community.  We are excited by what the future holds for this area.”

“As an enthusiastic hockey community, we are thrilled to further enrich the region with programing for all ages and physical abilities at Centene Community Ice Center,” said Patrick Quinn, St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation Chairman.  “We are also thrilled to introduce the sport of hockey along with other ice sports to the members of the community that may not yet be participants.  The Grand Opening celebrations include free public skating that will allow everyone to join in this milestone moment.”

“From day one, the goal for the St. Louis Blues was to support the development of a world-class facility that would help grow ice sports in our region and shine a spotlight on the Heartland of Hockey,” said Chris Zimmerman, President/CEO Business Operations for the St. Louis Blues.  “We are thrilled to be able to join the other Foundation partners and the City of Maryland Heights in making this dream a reality. What wonderful timing for every level of the game to come together in this facility as the Blues prepare to defend the Stanley Cup and then host the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis.”

“Spectra is thrilled to open this premier hockey facility along with our partners St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation and the City of Maryland Heights. The vitality of the community will shine through in all of the programs that are open to hockey fans of all ages,” John Page, President of Spectra’s Venue Management and Partnerships divisions, said. “We are proud to contribute to the growth of the region while continuing the celebration of the recent Stanley Cup Champions, the St. Louis Blues. In addition to the multiple ice rinks, there will be an opportunity to host events both public and private to experience this state-of-the-art complex. Spectra is dedicated to the fan experience and making it a memorable one that exceeds expectations.”

St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation Mission

The St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation was founded to provide the St. Louis region – with an emphasis on youth – with the opportunity to develop their skills in ice sports in setting that foster personal growth and excellence.  The St. Louis Community Ice Center is our “flagship” facility ensures that our region will attract major ice sport events and tournaments, contributing to economic development and job creation, with the resulting effect of strengthening ice sports across our region.  In these and related endeavors, we champion the value inherent in ice sports: commitment, good sportsmanship, teamwork, personal integrity, and respect for others and self.


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About St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues have been a part of the NHL since 1967. During more than 50 years of operation, the organization has established itself as one of the premier professional sports franchises in the country. With nine division titles, a Presidents’ Trophy and more than 20 former team members enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Blues have etched one of the most storied histories in the NHL. Through their history, the Blues have hosted more than 35 million fans and invested millions in the St. Louis community via Blues for Kids, the team’s charitable foundation.

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