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Midamerica St. Louis Airport Selects Avports, LLC As New Firefighting And Security Partner

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The St. Clair County Public Building Commission (PBC) on Nov. 22 approved the selection of Avports, LLC, to provide aircraft rescue and firefighting, airport operations and security services for MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. The approved five-year contractfor the work – collectively referred to as ARFF services -totals just under $1.1 million per year. Virginia-based Avports was selected out of a group of four bidders who were vying for the contract, including the incumbent, Pro-Tec Fire Service, Ltd., of Wisconsin, which had held the contract since the airport opened. 

Avports depth of experience gained through the provision of management services for 30 other U.S. Airports, and its current relationships with nine US airports where they provide services similar to those being sought by MidAmerica, along with the strength, stability and diversity of its workforce totaling more than 650 experienced airport staff, were key considerations in the company’s selection.

“MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is going through a period of exceptional growth in our passenger traffic and also welcoming dramatic expansions by long-term tenants such as Boeing,” said St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern. “That growth dictates that we must provide a new and enhanced level of security and operations services from a team that we believe can be a valuable partner for us today and into the future.”

Avports, which is recognized as one of the most experienced private operators in the U.S., will specifically be responsible for providing the staffing resources to cover emergency response, airport operation area inspections and fire inspections at the airport, in addition to Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, airport operations and security services, all of which are required by the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration and the state.

“Avports is excited to work with our new partners at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport next year and continue to expand our reach in the Midwest,” said Jorge Roberts, CEO of Avports. “Avports has led the way in airport operations for 94 years. We look forward to ensuring the safest possible air travel and highest level of service for the St. Louis area.”

Avports will begin providing services on June 1, 2022, coming to the airport at a pivotal time in its growth. The new $200 million Boeing facility being built at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is on target for completion in 2024, at which time the global aerospace company will add at least 150 more employees at that location. The $96 million MetroLink light rail extension from Scott Air Force Base to MidAmerica Airport is expected to open in 2024. A total of $22.5 million has been secured toward the $34 million terminal expansion project at MidAmerica Airport and construction is well underway on the second and most significant phase. The remaining cost will be covered by additional FAA and state dollars. Meanwhile, the airport expects to set a new all-time high passenger-enplanement record for 2021 as an estimated 160,000 passengers take advantage of the affordable, convenient opportunities to travel to one of twelve destinations currently served by Allegiant from MidAmerica.

“It’s an exciting time for MidAmerica St. Louis Airport and our commitment to providing the highest levels of safety and security has never been greater,” said Bryan Johnson, director of MidAmerica Airport. “From their outstanding track record developed over more than nine decades in the industry to the development of their proprietary “Safe Hands” program detailing their procedures in response to COVID‐19, we have every confidence that we will be in good hands with the team at Avports.”

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is located in Mascoutah, Illinois, in the eastern portion of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Passenger service to a dozen different destinations is offered by Allegiant. Major multimodal rail and inland port centers are located within 22 miles of the airport, which also enjoys easy access to five interstate highways via I-64.  With parallel runways of 8,000 and 10,000 feet, the airport can handle simultaneous take-offs and landings in all conditions, minimizing delays.  It has an annual capacity of 200,000 operations.  www.flymidamerica.com

Avports is the most experienced American owned and based airport manager and operator, with more than 650 employees and a 94-year track record. Founded in 1927 as the airport infrastructure operator division of Pan American World Airways, Avports has operated more than 30 airports, aviation facilities and passenger terminals in the United States. Avports currently provides O&M services at: Albany International Airport, New York Stewart International Airport, Republic Airport, and Westchester County Airport in New York; Teterboro Airport in New Jersey; Tweed New Haven Airport in Connecticut; Gary Chicago International Airport in Indiana;  Moffett Federal Airfield in California; Detroit Metro Airport North Terminal in Michigan; and as an O&M advisor in the development of Airglades Airport in Florida. www.avports.com

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Rises in October

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Two-Thirds of Metros Add Jobs in Past Year

 Submitted by AGC.

Construction spending rose by 0.2% from an upwardly revised September rate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.60 trillion in October, the Census Bureau reported on Wednesday. Monthly increases in 14 of the 16 nonresidential categories more than offset decreases in residential spending. However, the opposite pattern held for year-to-date spending in the first 10 months of 2021, which rose 7.5% from the total for January-October 2020. Private residential construction spending declined for the third time in the past four months, by 0.5%, but soared 24% year-to-date (single-family, 36% year-to-date; multifamily, 17%; and owner-occupied improvements, 12%). Nonresidential activity climbed 0.9% for the month but was down 4.7% year-to-date. Public construction spending jumped 1.8% for the month but was 4.8% lower year-to-date. The largest public segment, highway and street construction, rose 2.4% from the prior month but trailed by 0.9% year-to-date. Public education construction edged up 0.2% for the month but slumped 7.6% year-to-date. Public transportation construction rose 1.7% from September but lagged the 2020 year-to-date total by 6.3%. Private nonresidential construction spending inched up 0.2% for the month but trailed by 4.6% year-to-date. The largest private nonresidential segment (ranked by year-to-date spending)—power—fell 0.6% and 3.3%, respectively (including electric power, -2.1% year-to-date, and oil and gas field structures and pipelines, -7.1% year-to-date), followed by commercial, down 0.1% for the month but up 2.6% year-to-date (including warehouse, 14% year-to-date, and retail, -12% year-to-date); manufacturing, up 0.3% for the month and up 2.8% year-to-date; and office, 0.2% and -7.9%, respectively. Lodging had the largest year-to-date decrease, -32%.

Contractor readers are invited to fill out AGC’s 2022 Hiring and Business Outlook Survey by December 13. Results will be released in mid-January.

Construction employment, not seasonally adjusted, rose from October 2020 to October 2021 in 236 (66%) of the 358 metro areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which BLS posts construction employment data, fell in 72 (20%) and was unchanged in 50, according to an analysis AGC released on Tuesday. (BLS reports combined totals for mining, logging, and construction in most metro areas, to avoid disclosing data about industries with few employers; AGC assumes the construction-only changes in these areas match the combined change.) The largest losses again occurred in the Nassau County-Suffolk County, N.Y. division (-6,700 combined jobs, -8%) and New York City (-4,200 combined jobs, -3%), followed by the Orange-Rockland-Westchester counties, N.Y. division (-3,600 combined jobs, -8%); the Dallas-Plano-Irving division (-2,800 combined jobs, -2%); and the Calvert-Charles-Prince George’s counties, Md. division (-2,600 combined jobs, -8%). Evansville, Ind.-Ky. again experienced the steepest percentage decline (-17%, -1,700 combined jobs), followed by Altoona, Pa. (-13%, -400 combined jobs); Watertown-Fort Drum, N.Y (-11%, -200 combined jobs); and the Gary, Ind. division (-10%, -1,700 construction jobs). Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade again added the most jobs (6,800 construction jobs, 9%), followed by the Boston-Cambridge-Newton division (6,600 combined jobs, 9%); Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (6,400 construction jobs, 8%); the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett division (5,500 construction jobs, 5%); and Pittsburgh (5,200 construction jobs, 9%). Worcester, Mass.-Conn. had the highest percentage increase (20%, 2,000 combined jobs), followed by Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas (19%, 3,200 combined jobs); Sioux Falls, S.D. (19%, 1,800 combined jobs); Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. (16%, 800 combined jobs); and Sierra Vista-Douglas, Ariz. (15%, 500 combined jobs). Eight areas set new lows for October and 50 set new highs, in series dating in most cases to 1990.

Price movements for construction inputs have become variable, in contrast to the across-the-board increases earlier in the year. Commercial Metals Company notified customers on Monday, “Effective immediately, we are increasing the transactional price for reinforcing steel products from our East Region Mills in South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee & New Jersey, $30/ton.” New South Construction Supply reported on November 23, “Wire mesh continues this year’s historic climb, and another price increase [of $80/ton] was pushed through on November 10….Mesh prices have more than doubled since November of 2020….Lead times on newly placed orders are still running three to four months before delivery. Rebar also saw…a $40 per ton increase effective” on October 29. The Commerce Department announced on November 24 that it the U.S. would retroactively double the duty on Canadian softwood lumber, from 9% to 18%. The January futures price for lumber on the CME exchange closed on Wednesday at $869.50 per thousand board feet, a $333 (62%) increase since November 15. In contrast, the near-month copper futures price closed on Wednesday at $4.27/pound, a drop of almost 10% from the near-record level of $4.73 on October 20. The national average retail price of on-highway diesel fuel on Monday was $3.72 per gallon, a dip of 1.4 cents from the seven-year high set on November 15 but $1.22 (49%) higher than a year ago, the Energy Information Administration reported on Monday.

“Economic activity grew at a modest to moderate pace in most Federal Reserve Districts during October and early November, the Federal Reserve reported on Wednesday in the latest “Beige Book,” a compilation of informal soundings of businesses by the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. “Construction activity generally increased but was held back by scarce materials and labor.”

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2022 AGC Equipment, Technology & Construction Solutions Expo

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The 2022 AGC Equipment, Technology & Construction Solutions Expo will be the place to be at the AGC Convention! We’re expecting over 2,000 attendees at this year’s event.

The AGC Expo will include three Networking Happy Hours, two Luncheons, and multiple Networking Breaks. The Exhibit Hall will also include multiple activity areas boasting mechanical bull rides, armadillo races, and live music for attendees.

Act now, as rates increase on 12/1! Contact Heather McKean at exhibitsales@agc.org for more details.

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Electrical Connection’s Jim Curran Re-elected to Two-Year Term on Executive Committee of the Hawthorn Foundation Board

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Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection has been re-elected to serve another two-year term on executive committee for the board of the Missouri business organization Hawthorn Foundation.  The executive committee guides the Hawthorn Foundation’s day-to-day operations.  Curran will also chair the Hawthorn Foundation membership committee.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association. 

For more than 30 years, the Hawthorn Foundation has partnered with Missouri governors, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, as well as a myriad of local and regional economic development organizations, to create and support initiatives that are focused on attracting business to the state. 

Curran has orchestrated several recruitment events for the Hawthorn Foundation at Busch Stadium, including one this year during a Cardinal game.  He has also served as an important resource on electric and communications technology infrastructure integral to the state’s future.

In addition to the Hawthorn Foundation, Curran’s board service also includes Missouri Energy Initiative; Greater St. Louis, Inc.; Saint Louis Science Center; Economic Development Center of St. Charles County; U.S. Heartland China Association; Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter; and Downtown St. Louis, Inc.

       Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

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Electrical Connection Members Spruce Up Ferguson

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IBEW Electrical Workers Minority Caucus Mobilizes Members to Pick up Trash

In advance of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, the IBEW Electrical Workers Minority Caucus’ (EWMC) performed a service day to give a little thanks themselves to the city of Ferguson, Mo.  The EWMC mobilized about 30 Electrical Connection members to pick up trash in Ferguson on Saturday morning, Nov. 20, 2021.  On Dec. 14, 2021, the Electrical Connection will return to Ferguson for its annual support of the community’s “Shop with Cop” holiday giving program

Sylvester Taylor, director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Electrical Connection and EWMC founder and president orchestrated the day of service.  It included IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs, business representatives and IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center Director Shawn Levin.

“We have had the privilege of serving Ferguson’s electrical and communication needs and many of our member live in and around the community,” noted Taylor.  “So as part of our annual service day, we wanted to spruce up Ferguson for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays.” 

Members fanned out and picked up trash along West Florissant Road, Pershall Road and nearby streets. The effort yielded more than 40 bags of trash.

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA).  The partnership provides safe and reliable commercial, industrial and residential electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. It is an important resource for business and civic leadership for new technology, including disruptive technologies, advancing electrical and communication infrastructure.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

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October Employment Lags Pre-Pandemic High In 33 States; Construction Starts Measures Diverge

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Submitted by the AGC

Seasonally adjusted construction employment in October trailed the February 2020 level in 33 states, exceeded it in 16 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in Hawaii, according to AGC’s analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data posted today. (February 2020 was the month in which employment peaked nationally before plunging during widespread shutdowns in March and April 2020.) Texas lost the most construction jobs over 20 months (-46,400 jobs or -5.9%), followed by New York (-42,800. -10%), and California (-21,300, -2.3%). Wyoming had the largest percentage loss (-14%, -32,600 jobs), followed by New York. Utah added the most jobs (8,200, 7.2%), followed by North Carolina (7,700, 3.3%), Washington (4,900, 2.2%) and Idaho (4,900, 8.9%). South Dakota added the highest percentage (10%, 2,500 jobs), followed by Idaho and Utah. For the month, construction employment increased in 34 states and D.C., declined in 14 states, and was flat in Alabama and Virginia. Louisiana had the biggest one-month numerical and percentage gain (8,200 jobs, 7.1%). California had the second-largest numerical gain (7,5000 jobs, 0.8%), while West Virginia had the second-largest percentage increase (2.3%, 700). South Carolina lost the most construction jobs for the month (-1,900 jobs, -1.7%), followed by Missouri (-1,500, -1.2%). New Hampshire had the largest one-month percentage loss (-2.2%, -600 jobs), followed by Vermont (-2.1%, -300). (BLS reports combined totals for mining, logging, and construction in D.C., Delaware, and Hawaii. Because there are few, if any, mining or logging jobs in these locations, AGC treats the levels and changes as solely construction employment.)

Two privately collected measures of construction starts showed contrasting results for October. Total construction starts rose 16% from September to October at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, data firm Dodge Construction Network reported on Wednesday. Over the first 10 months of 2021 combined, starts increased 13% compared to January-October 2020. Nonresidential building starts soared 29% for the month and 11% year-to-date. “The catalyst for the increase was a large gain in the manufacturing sector as two very large projects kicked off. If not for these projects, total nonresidential building starts would have been down 3% over the month.” Commercial starts increased 9% year-to-date; manufacturing starts, 94% “(39% without the large projects this month)”; and institutional starts, 3%. Nonbuilding starts jumped 52% for the month. “This increase was solely due to the start of an $8.5 billion LNG export facility, which lifted the utility/gas plant category significantly.” Nonbuilding starts rose 2% year-to-date: environmental public works, 22%; highway and bridge starts, -7; miscellaneous nonbuilding, -7%; and utility/gas plant starts, -10%. Residential starts fell 8% from September to October but rose 21% year-to-date, with single-family starts up 22% and multifamily starts up 10%.

Construction starts, not seasonally adjusted, tumbled 14%, not seasonally adjusted, from September to October but rose 5.8% year-to-date, data firm ConstructConnect reported on Tuesday. Nonresidential starts plunged 26% for the month and slipped 2.2% year-to-date. Nonresidential building starts decreased 36% for the month and 4.5% year-to-date, with commercial starts down 7.6% year-to-date, institutional starts down 9.8%, and industrial [manufacturing] starts up 34%. Heavy engineering (civil) starts slipped 0.8% for the month but increased 1.5% year-to-date (including road/highway, 7.3%; water/sewage, 8.1%; power and other miscellaneous, 4.8%; bridges, -19%; dams/marine, -14%; and airports, -9.7%). Residential starts climbed 2.1% for the month and 17% year-to-date (single-family, 21%, and apartments, 5.2%).

Housing starts (units) dipped 0.7% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate from September to October but inched up 0.4% year-over-year from the October 2020 level, the Census Bureau reported on Wednesday. Year-to-date starts for January-October 2021 rose 17% from the same months in 2020. Single-family starts slipped 3.9% for the month but climbed 17% year-to-date. Multifamily (five or more units) starts increased 6.8% for the month and 18% year-to-date. Residential permits rose 4.0% from September and 20% year-to-date, as single-family permits increased 2.7 % and 17%, respectively, while multifamily permits increased 6.5% and 27%. The number of authorized multifamily units that have not started—an indicator of potential near-term starts–jumped 49% year-over-year.

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) slipped from 56.6 in September to 54.3 in October but remained above the breakeven mark of 50 for a ninth consecutive month, the American Institute of Architects reported on Wednesday. The ABI is derived from the share of responding architecture firms that report a gain in billings over the previous month less the share reporting a decline in billings, presented on a 0-to-100 scale. Any score above 50 means that firms with increased billings outnumbered firms with decreased billings. AIA commented, “although the pace of growth decreased modestly from that of the last few months[, the ABI} score of 54.3 means that business conditions remain generally strong, and that most architecture firms are still seeing billings growth. In addition, inquiries and the value of new design contracts, both indicators of future work at firms, strengthened in October, meaning that clients are continuing to both start conversations about new projects and are signing contracts to begin those projects in the coming months….The ABI serves as a leading economic indicator that leads nonresidential construction activity by approximately 9-12 months.” Scores by practice specialty (based on three-month moving averages) topped 50 for the ninth time in a row: mixed practice, 58.7 (up from 58.0 in September); commercial/industrial, 57.4 (up from 56.3); multifamily residential, 55.8 (up from 55.0); and institutional, 51.4 (down from 52.8). The design contracts index climbed to 58.0 from 54.7. The inquiries index rose for to 62.9 from 61.8.

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BHMA Publishes Updates to Five ANSI/BHMA Standards

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Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association reinforces its commitment to public safety with revised industry standards.

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA®) announced the publication of revisions to five product standards, all of which have been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

“BHMA reviews each ANSI/BHMA standard at least once every five years to ensure that our standards continue to meet the ever-changing needs of both the public and our industry,” said BHMA Standards Director Michael Tierney. “This work is essential for maintaining alignment with modern quality requirements in our industry.”

Changes to ANSI/BHMA A156.1: Butts and Hinges

• Added concealed hinge requirements, along with accompanying type numbers and drawings

• Added zinc to the type numbers and gave it the numeral 9

• Reorganized Tables 3.8 and 4.6

• Removed finish requirements (now consolidated in A156.18)

Changes to ANSI/BHMA A156.6: Architectural Door Trim

• Added new product types environmental test criteria to scope

• Removed finish requirements (now consolidated in A156.18)

• Reorganized definitions into common types/ families and added new definitions

• Modified 3.2 to add tolerance for temperature. • Modified stainless requirement in 3.4

• Modified material requirements from minimum material thickness to nominal thickness, added throughout.

• Added language to 4.3.3 to allow larger diameter and longer length screws

• Modified polishing language in 4.3.4, 5.3.3 and 6.3.4 and relocated in the appendix A-2

• Added new language to 4.3.4 for fasteners for latch protection plates and vertical rod covers

• Bevel Edge language in 4.3.5 relocated to appendix A-2

• Added new section to 4.4 for performance tests for adhesive mounted door protection plates • Added new types and illustrations to Figure 1 (door protection plates)

• Added new types to Figure 2 (door and wall edging)

• Added additional symbol and options to 6.3.7 and 7.3.10

• Updated 7.5 with new test and added criteria for push/pulls • Added new type to Figure 4 (door pulls)

• Updated Figure 6 and added a new Figure 7

Changes to ANSI/BHMA A156.20: Strap & Tee Hinges

• Removed finish requirements from section 7 (now consolidated in A156.18)

• Added new language to 1.2 to reference finish requirements in A156.18

• Added language to 4.1 and 5.2 to clarify measurement equipment and measurement method

• Cleaned up and added new Figure 1 illustration

Changes to ANSI/BHMA A156.22: Door Gasketing and Edge Seal Systems

• Removed acoustic properties from scope • Updated verbiage in 3.3: to change “listed” to “certified”

• Moved Tolerances and Measuring Criteria from 4.7 to 4.1 to align with other standards layouts

• Updated illustration in 4.6 • Added verbiage to 4.7 to clarify set up of adhesion test fixture and updated illustration.

• Added language to 5.2 and 7.1.3 to clarify 20 minute anodize

• Modified acoustic performance in 5.5 and moved to appendix A-5

• Combined 10.9 with language in 10.2 to align information on retainer material

• Combined 10.10 with language in 10.3 to clarify when to use the “Y” designation

• Updated numbering system examples in 10.7 and 10.8 and added titles

• Updated verbiage in appendix a-6

• Retitled appendix charts 1 and 2 to clarify intent that they are reference guides

Changes to ANSI/BHMA A156.26: Continuous Hinges

• Removed finish requirements from 3.3 and 6.10 (now consolidated in A156.18)

• Added reference to finish standard A156.18 to 1.2 • Added “also called full mortise” to definition 2.1.3

• Reorganized tables in section 7

• Removed A115 reference from appendix

• Updated Figure 1 with new illustration

Revisions to all standards also included edits, renumbering and updates to references.

Each ANSI/BHMA standard can be purchased on the BHMA website, and summaries of each standard can be accessed on the Hardware Highlights page. For more information on ANSI/BHMA standards, please contact Larry McClean, BHMA’s program manager, at lmcclean@kellencompany.com.

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is an industry leader in building safety and security. BHMA is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for locks, closers, exit devices and other builder’s hardware. The widely known ANSI/BHMA A156 series of standards describes and establishes the features and criteria for specific types of hardware products. In addition, BHMA sponsors third-party certification of hardware products, which is a requirement for a product to bear the “BHMA Certified” mark — ensuring that the product meets the ANSI/BHMA standard. For more information, visit www.buildershardware.com.

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New Public Works Director for the City of Saint Charles

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The City of Saint Charles has announced that Nicholas Galla will serve as the new Director of Public Works. Galla has been employed with the City of Saint Charles since 2015 and has over 17 years of experience in civil engineering. Previously, he has served as the Assistant City Engineer for the City of Saint Charles as well as Interim Director of Public Works.

Prior to the City of Saint Charles, Galla was a Senior Transportation Engineer at Olsson Associates and a Squad Leader at HNTB, responsible for managing a team of engineers. A local of Missouri, Galla graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) and has been a licensed professional engineer with the State of Missouri since 2009. He also grew up in the Saint Charles area and graduated from Francis Howell North High School.

“I am extremely proud of our Public Works department and their service to our community,” says Mayor Dan Borgmeyer. “I believe Galla’s knowledge and experience will help bring a fresh perspective to the Public Works department and ensure that Saint Charles remains a beautiful and safe place to live, work and play.”

The Department of Public Works has around 90 employees that help maintain the City’s streets, water mains, sewers, facilities, and other infrastructure, along with 460 miles of right-of-way.

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BHMA Publishes New ANSI/BHMA Standard for Hardware for Architectural Glass Openings

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The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA®) announced the publication of a new ANSI/BHMA standard, A156.44: Standard for Hardware for Architectural Glass Openings. This is the 43rd ANSI/BHMA standard that has been established to date.

ANSI/BHMA A156.44 establishes performance requirements for exit device hardware used on swinging architectural glass doors.

“Architectural glass is being employed with higher frequency because it is an environmentally friendly building material and it allows for better use of natural light and other advantages,” said BHMA Standards Director Michael Tierney. “The development of this standard is an opportunity for BHMA to provide further value to the construction industry.”

When employed as a decorative element in doors and walls, glass is desirable for its design versatility and durability. These points align with BHMA’s mission towards sustainability & product stewardship.

Each ANSI/BHMA standard can be purchased on the BHMA website, and summaries of each standard can be accessed on the Hardware Highlights page. For more information on ANSI/BHMA standards, please contact Larry McClean, BHMA’s program manager, at lmcclean@kellencompany.com

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is an industry leader in building safety and security. BHMA is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for locks, closers, exit devices and other builder’s hardware. The widely known ANSI/BHMA A156 series of standards describes and establishes the features and criteria for specific types of hardware products. In addition, BHMA sponsors third-party certification of hardware products, which is a requirement for a product to bear the “BHMA Certified” mark — ensuring that the product meets the ANSI/BHMA standard. For more information, visit www.buildershardware.com.

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Electrical Connection’s Timothy Green Named to St. Charles County Convention & Sports Facilities Authority

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Timothy Green of the Electrical Connection has been named to the St. Charles County Convention and Sports Facilities Authority as a commissioner.  He was nominated to the position by St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann

The St. Charles County Convention and Sports Authority will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding next year. The authority oversees the spending of the revenues to promote and expand convention and sports facilities throughout St. Charles County.

With the Electrical Connection, Green serves as director of governmental affairs for the IBEW/NECA partnership. He served in the Missouri General Assembly for eight years as a State Senator and 14 years as a State Representative.  Green has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 for 40 years and was the president of the Missouri State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO for 20 years.  He also served as a member of the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees.

Green earned a degree in business administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) and is a graduate of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis. 

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  The partnership includes 7,000 IBEW members, including more than 5,400 skilled electricians and communications technicians and 150 electrical and communication contractors.  Collectively, they provide safe and reliable commercial, industrial and residential electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri.  It is an important resource for business and civic leadership for new technology, advancing electrical and communication infrastructure.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

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