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Employment Rises in 30 States in December

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Starts Jump 27%, Dodge Reports; ABI points down

Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose from November to December in 30 states and the District of Columbia and declined in 20 states, according to AGC’s analysis of data BLS posted on Tuesday. California added the most construction jobs over the month (7,500 jobs, 0.8%), followed by New York (6,400 jobs, 1.7%), Pennsylvania (4,600 jobs, 1.8%), Louisiana (3,300 jobs, 2.6%), and Florida (3,300 jobs, 0.5%). The largest percentage gain occurred in Louisiana, followed by Arkansas (1.8%, 1,000 jobs), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island (1.7%, 400 jobs), and New York. Missouri experienced the largest decline in construction jobs in December (-4,400 jobs, -3.0%), followed by Washington (-3,700 jobs, -1.6%), New Jersey (-3,400 jobs, -2.2%), and Minnesota (-2,600 jobs, -2.0%). North Dakota had the largest percentage loss for the month (-6.4%, -1,900 jobs), followed by Missouri and Alaska (-2.8%, -500 jobs). In 2022, 40 states added construction jobs, while industry employment declined in nine states and D.C. Employment was flat in Iowa. California added the most jobs over the year (41,100 jobs, 4.6%), followed by Florida (25,500 jobs, 4.4%), Texas (18,300 jobs, 2.4%), New York (13,100 jobs, 3.5%), Tennessee (12,900 jobs, 9.2%), and Utah (12,900 jobs, 10.4%). Rhode Island had the largest percentage increase (17.3%, 3,500 jobs), followed by Nevada (13.4%, 12,800 jobs), Nebraska (10.9%, 6,100 jobs), Utah, and Tennessee. New Jersey lost the largest number and percentage of construction jobs over 12 months (-8,900 jobs, -5.5%), followed by South Carolina (-4,900 jobs, -4.7%). (For D.C., Delaware, and Hawaii, which have few mining or logging jobs, BLS posts combined totals with construction; AGC treats the changes as all from construction.)

Total construction starts jumped 27% from November to December at a seasonally adjusted annual rate and 15% for all of 2022 compared to 2021, Dodge Construction Network reported on Tuesday. Nonresidential building starts increased 51% for the month and 38% for the full year, with manufacturing starts up 596% and 185%, respectively; institutional, 11% and 19%; and commercial, -10% and 25%. Nonbuilding starts rose 30% and 19%, respectively, with utility/gas starts up for the month and up 19% for the full year; miscellaneous, 19% and 0; highway and bridge, 10% and 25%; and environmental public works, -4% and 15%. Residential starts were flat for the month and down 3% for the full year, with single-family down 5% and 13%, respectively, and multifamily up 8% and 25%.

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) registered a score of 47.5 in December, up from 46.6 in November but the third-straight reading below 50, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported on Wednesday. AIA calls the index “a leading economic indicator that leads nonresidential construction activity by approximately 9-12 months.” 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 below 50 means more firms reported decreased billings than increased billings. Readings for practice specialties (based on three-month averages) varied: mixed practice, 54.8 (up from 53.3 in November); institutional, 47.3 (down from 48.0); commercial/industrial, 45.2 (up from 44.8); and residential (mainly multifamily), 44.3 (down from 44.7).

Inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (real GDP) rose 2.9% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2022, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported on Thursday, following a 3.2% gain in Q3. Real residential investment in permanent-site structures plunged 27% (single-family structures, -10%; multifamily, -2.6%). Real gross private domestic investment in nonresidential structures edged up 0.4% (commercial and health care, -6.4%; manufacturing, 11%; power and communication, -6.6%; other non-mining structures, 4.4%; and wells and mining structures, 11%). Real government gross investment in structures rose 1.1%, including federal investment for defense structures, up 3.5%; nondefense structures, up 11%; and state and local structures investment, up 0.7%. The GDP price index increased 3.5%, with price indexes for nonresidential structures investment up 6.7%; residential investment, 7.7%; and government investment in structures, 6.4%.

“The Strange and Awful Path of Productivity in the U.S. Construction Sector” is the title of a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper posted this month by University of Chicago economists Austan Goolsbee and Chad Syverson. Readers are invited to submit explanations, critiques, or other comments to ken.simonson@agc.org.

St. Louis Downtown Airport Enters 2023 Prepared for Continued Growth

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2022 proved to be a solid year for St. Louis Downtown Airport, with highlights ranging from the arrival of a new director and continuation of strong flight operations to the return of in-person events aimed at growing the aviation industry workforce. Add in the groundbreaking for a significant new project and expansion plans revealed for its largest tenant, and the airport is looking to the future with an eye on continued growth.

To help lead operations at the busiest airport in Illinois outside of Chicago, Bi-State Development welcomed Sandra Shore as the new director of St. Louis Downtown Airport in February. With the airport’s enviable location just minutes from downtown St. Louis making it a popular choice for those flying into the bi-state area for business and major events, overall flight operations remained strong and steady last year under Shore’s leadership. A substantial increase in charter flights can be directly correlated to the NASCAR Cup Series race held at nearby World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill., which drew 56 charter flights in June. The airport also recorded two of its three best months in fuel sales in the last five years in 2022, a trend expected to continue in 2023.

St. Louis Downtown Airport will see additional growth in 2023 when its largest tenant, Gulfstream Aerospace, expands operations and adds 140 new jobs. Gulfstream Aerospace is one of the tenants that will benefit from the latest infrastructure investment underway at the airport – a new ground engine run up and compass calibration pad. Construction began last fall on the $5.4 million project, which secured $5 million in state funding through the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois Capital Infrastructure Plan. Upon completion in 2023, it will improve production safety, reliability and efficiency, boost airport businesses and increase global competitiveness for southwestern Illinois and the State of Illinois. Five million dollars in state funding was secured for the project.

Gulfstream Aerospace and other aircraft maintenance tenants will use the project’s new airfield pavement with jet blast deflectors to perform aircraft maintenance tests requiring the operation of an engine at high power on the ground for several minutes generating elevated noise levels. The new engine run up area will be located 1,850 feet from other parked aircraft and isolated from airport operations, ultimately reducing aircraft engine run-up noise by more than 50% and accommodating the airport’s largest aircraft.

Located on 1,000 acres in St. Clair County in Cahokia Heights and Sauget, St. Louis Downtown Airport and its tenants contribute more than $422 million in economic impact for the region and more than 1,500 full-time and part-time jobs, according to the most recent study conducted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

“The diversity of operations occurring at St. Louis Downtown Airport contributes to our role as an economic engine for the bi-state St. Louis region and makes us a key contributor to the tremendous strength of the aviation sector in the State of Illinois,” said Mary Lamie, Executive Vice President of Multi Modal Enterprises at Bi-State Development, which owns and operates the airport as one of its enterprises.

The economic impact of St. Louis Downtown Airport and other airports in the St. Louis region was the focus of an insightful panel discussion hosted by the St. Louis Regional Freightway in November. Shore and directors from four other busy airports – St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Spirt of St. Louis Airport, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport and St. Louis Regional Airport – participated in the event. The panel discussion highlighted the unique attributes and contributions of each airport and underscored the collective impact of the aviation industry in the region.

“The collaboration that takes place among our airports is unique in the aviation industry and a model for success,” said Shore. “Collectively, between airport operations and tenants, our five facilities account for more than 36,500 jobs and generate a combined annual economic impact that exceeds $10 billion and is growing.”

A key focus within that growing industry is attracting future workers to fill a wide range of positions. With that in mind, St. Louis Downtown Airport welcomed the return of in-person events at the airport in 2022 in collaboration with St. Louis University’s Oliver L. Parks Department of Aviation Science (SLU). The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) joined with SLU to host Aviation Day for Educators in June, bringing educators from six school districts in southwestern Illinois and Eastern Illinois University to the airport. SLU’s Aviation Summer Academy attracted participants from 11 states who spent a week learning about different aspects of aviation and related careers and experienced the thrill of flying. Girls in Aviation Day in October, a career expo, provided an opportunity for more than 100 young women to climb into the cockpits of various aircraft and fly planes in high-tech simulators.

Bi-State Development (BSD) owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD is the operator of the main public transportation system in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; a MetroBus vehicle fleet of approximately 24 battery electric vehicles and more than 260 clean-burning diesel buses that operate on 58 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 123 vans. BSD also operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway, the region’s freight district. To learn more about St. Louis Downtown Airport, visit www.stlouisdowntownairport.com.

Concrete Council of St. Louis Hosts Annual Concrete Pavements Seminar

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PDH and CEU credits available to attendees

The Concrete Council of St. Louis is hosting its annual Concrete Pavements Seminar Sponsored by Concrete Strategies and MAPEI on Wednesday, February 8th at Fabick Headquarters located at One Fabick Drive, Fenton, MO 63026. The Concrete Pavements Seminar gathers some of the brightest minds in the industry to discuss a variety of topics related to concrete paving. This year’s seminar features six sessions beginning at 8:00 a.m. and continuing through 2:15 p.m. Attendees may receive 6 PDH or CEU credits for their time.  The cost is $100 for members, government agencies and non-profits and $125 for non-members.

“We look forward to hosting the Concrete Pavements Seminar every year,” said Oliver Dulle, Executive Director of the Concrete Council. “We have such an incredible list of speakers this year, and with the variety of topics being discussed, I’m confident our attendees will come away from this event feeling great about how much practical information they learned. We are also pleased to provide PDH credits in a convenient format.”

The agenda is as follows:

8:00 a.m. – Concrete Parking Lot Overlays I Metro Transit Various Projects

9:00 a.m. – Concrete Pavement Myths

10:00 a.m. – Pavement Lift Cycle Savings in Dollars and CO2

11:00 a.m. – Specific Revisions to Enhance Performance and Reduce Cost

12:30 p.m. – Freeze-Thaw Durability Issues and Solutions

1:30 p.m. – Nano Silicia Internal Curing and Liquid Fly Ash Technology

Registrations must be completed by Monday, February 6. To register to attend, visit the seminar’s website at Concrete Pavements Seminar (constantcontactpages.com). For questions or more information, please contact Gina Heck (gheck@blacktwigllc.com)

The Concrete Council of St. Louis’ primary goal is to increase the incremental use of concrete construction in the area by serving as a resource to owners and agencies considering concrete construction. Membership is made up of firms in the St. Louis area involved in concrete production and construction. The Council provides technical input, site visits, inhouse presentations and cost comparisons, at no cost, for consideration of concrete construction. For more information, visit www.concretecouncil.com.

Home Builders Association Donates $15,764 to Youth in Need

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2023 HBA President Jeremy Roth (Elite Development Services/McBride Homes) (left) presented a $15,764 donation to Youth In Need director of philanthropy Demetria Lightfoot.

The donation will be used to renovate a bathroom at the organization’s emergency shelter. The updates will ensure the youth have a safe homes while in crisis and provide vulnerable young adults with a space that is comfortable, clean and updated. The youth in the emergency shelter have experienced significant, and often traumatic, life challenges. Youth In Need’s goal is to help prepare them with the skills needed to live a successful, independent life, and provide a warm and aesthetically pleasing space that they call home, even if temporarily.

The HBA is a local trade association of nearly 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.

Construction Commences on New, $13.5 Million Public Safety Center at the Emerson Park Transit Center

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Project is Being Made Possible by “Rebuild Illinois” Grant

One year after Illinois Governor JB Pritzker awarded St. Clair County Transit District with a $9,975,000 “Rebuild Illinois” Grant, dozens gathered at the Emerson Park Transit Center to mark the official start of construction on the new, $13,584,000 Public Safety Center at the site. This space will play a key role in further enhancing the safety and security of public transit – which remains a top regional priority.

The state-of-the-art, two-story, 16,000-square-foot facility will house the backup Metro Transit Operations Control Center and the St. Clair County CENCOM West 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Center, and will include office space for St. Clair County MetroLink Sheriff’s deputies. The goal of the new space is to help bolster communications and security collaboration among Metro Transit, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, Metro Transit Public Safety, the Bureau of Transit Police and other public safety partners. The building will feature improved rider amenities, including public restrooms for riders and operators of the transit system.

“This project is a critical public safety investment for East St. Louis, St. Clair County and the entire St. Louis metropolitan region,” commented Chair of St. Clair County Transit District’s Board of Trustees and Director of the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency Herb Simmons. “It will bolster communications and security collaboration among Metro Transit, the St.  Clair County Sheriff’s Department, Metro Transit Public Safety, the Bureau of Transit Police and other public safety partners.”

The project is valued at $13,584,000 and is being funded by a $9,975,000 “Rebuild Illinois” grant received from Illinois Governor JB Pritzker in January 2022, along with funding from St. Clair County Transit District and Bi-State Development. It will be owned and operated by St. Clair County Transit District. The project team includes FGM Architects, Poettker Construction, Southwestern Illinois Building Trades, BRiC Partnership, LLC, Kreher Engineering and Gonzalez Companies, LLC. Construction is expected to be completed in 2024.

Illinois State Senator Christopher Belt added, “This project proves that public transportation can, and will continue to, serve as a catalyst for change in St. Clair County and, more specifically, East St. Louis where new development and jobs have been absent for a long time. And, I wanted to give a special thank you to Citizens for Modern Transit, AARP in St. Louis, St. Clair County Transit District and Metro Transit for their work in 2021 to help transform the Emerson Park Transit Center as part of its Transit Stop Transformation projects.”

About St. Clair County Transit District

Founded in 1981, St. Clair County Transit District contracts with Bi-State Development to provide public transportation services in St. Clair County, Ill., by way of 11 Metro Transit Centers; 12 MetroBus routes; on-demand, shared-ride services and more – connecting individuals to jobs, education, healthcare, entertainment, the MetroBikeLink and other destinations. Those with questions about service, they can call (618) 628-8090 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit www.scctd.org

Construction Input Costs Slide in December but Top CPI Increase for the Year

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Submitted by the AGC.

Contractors’ input costs declined sharply, on balance, in December, as decreases in fuel, lumber, steel, and trucking costs outweighed increased prices for copper, aluminum, and concrete products, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data posted on Wednesday. The producer price index (PPI) for material and service inputs to new nonresidential construction declined for the sixth time in seven months, by 1.8%. The PPI for goods inputs sank 2.7%, the largest one-month drop since November 2008. Nevertheless, the materials and services index rose 7.2% year-over-year (y/y)—slightly outpacing the 6.5% increase in the consumer price index, the most widely watched measure of inflation. The PPI for inputs to new residential construction fell 1.2% for the month but increased 6.9% y/y. There were notable one-month declines in PPIs for diesel fuel (-29%, but up 20% y/y), lumber and plywood (-3.7% for the month and -20% y/y), steel mill products (-2.7% and -29%, respectively), and truck transportation of freight (-1.7% and 8.2%). The PPI increased by more than 1% from November for copper and brass mill shapes (1.5% for the month but down 3.6% y/y), ready-mixed concrete (1.4% for the month and 13.6% y/y—the most since 2006), and aluminum mill shapes (1.3% and 5.7%). The PPI for new nonresidential building construction—a measure of the price that contractors say they would bid to build a fixed set of buildings—was flat for the month and up 19.4% y/y. AGC posted tables of construction PPIs.

Some price declines may be short-lived. Producers of hot-rolled coil, from which some construction steel is made, have posted two price increases since early December. Copper and aluminum futures have risen sharply on commodities exchanges. A reader forwarded a December 27 letter from USG announcing, “All Commercial and Retail ceiling panels will increase up to 8% including Mineral Wool panels, Fiberglass panels and Gypsum panels,” effective February 6. Readers are invited to send information about input prices and supply-chain issues to ken.simonson@agc.org.

“After 25 consecutive months of year-over-year declines, U.S. hotel construction increased slightly [0.3% y/y] in December,” data analytics firm STR reported on Wednesday. Rooms in “final planning” increased 15% y/y but rooms in “planning” fell 16%. While New York City “has the most rooms in construction as a percentage of existing supply, the market will likely see a slowdown after ongoing projects are built due to new development restrictions in place. Nashville is also showing signs of a slowdown, so we could expect a shuffle in the top pipeline markets later in 2023.”

Housing starts (units) in December declined 1.4% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate from the November rate and 22% y/y, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday. Single-family starts jumped 11% for the month but slumped 25% y/y. Multifamily (five or more units) starts tumbled 19% for the month and 16% y/y. Residential permits skidded 1.6% for the month and 30% y/y. Single-family permits declined for the 10th month in a row, by 6.5% from November and 35% y/y. Multifamily permits rose 7.1% for the month but sagged 22% y/y. There were 926,000 multifamily units under construction in December, the most in series history dating to 1970. The figure was the 17th-straight monthly increase, up 1.0% for the month and 25% y/y. However, the y/y plunge in starts and permits suggests construction is likely to decline once current multifamily projects wrap up.

“Economic activity [from mid-November to January 9] was relatively unchanged since the previous report,” the Federal Reserve reported on Wednesday in its latest “Beige Book.” The Beige Book is a compilation of informal soundings of business and nonbusiness sources in the 12 Fed districts. “Housing markets continued to weaken, with sales and construction declining across Districts. Commercial real estate activity slowed slightly, on average, with more notable weakening in the office market. [Some] bankers said higher borrowing costs had begun to dampen commercial lending.”

Union membership in the construction industry inched down by 5,000 (0.5%) from an annual average of 1,024,000 in 2021 to 1,019,000 in 2022, BLS reported on Thursday. Total construction industry employment averaged 8,671,000 in 2022, an increase of 514,000 (6.3%) from 2021. As a result, the rate of unionization declined from 12.6% 2021 to 11.7% in 2022. The number of employees represented by unions—including workers who report no union affiliation but whose jobs are covered by a union or an employee association contract—totaled 1,112,000 (13.6% of all construction industry employees) in 2021 and 1,076,000 (12.4%) in 2022.

Home Builders Association Donates $20,000 to Love the Lou

On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2023 HBA President Jeremy Roth (Elite Development Services/McBride Homes) (left) presented a $20,000 donation to Love the Lou LIVE director Tawana Lawson (center) and LINK director Rodney Tucker (right).

The donation will be used to assist in the full renovation of a vacant apartment building that is part of the organization’s revitalization plan in North St. Louis. Love the Lou’s mission is ​to enrich lives and environments in North St. Louis by creating where there is nothing, healing where there is brokenness, and joining where there is good. Its STL|LIVE program works with community volunteers to rehab homes in the area, which are then presented to identified residents with little access to home ownership through a “rent to own” lease agreement. STL|LINK is an apprenticeship program designed to connect North St. Louis residents to career opportunities. The renovated apartment will be home to several young adults involved in the program.

The HBA is a local trade association of nearly 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.

ASA Midwest Council Meet the General Contractors Expo on February 1, 2023

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The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) – Midwest Council will host its 21st  annual Meet the General Contractors Expo on February 1, 2023, at the St. Charles Convention Center.
The yearly event gives area subcontractors and construction professionals the opportunity for valuable networking time with many of  St. Louis’ top general contractors.

The expo provides an ideal opportunity for construction industry professionals to network with general contractors, all in one place and in a relaxed setting. The expo is specifically designed for networking and building relationships with multiple representatives from the area general contractorsAs of today, there are 34 GC exhibitors participating in this must attend event for the STL construction industry!

2023 General Contractor Exhibitors
Alberici Constructors, Inc.ARCO ConstructionBEX Construction ServicesBrinkmann ConstructorsBSI ConstructorsContegra Construction CompanyConway ContractingEagan Building GroupEchelon ConstructorsHelmkamp Construction Co.IMPACT Strategies, Inc.Integrate Construction PartnersInterface Construction Corp.KAI BuildKadean ConstructionKeeley ConstructionKCI Construction Co.The Korte CompanyKozeny-Wagner, Inc.Landco ConstructionMcCarthy Building Companies, Inc.McGrath & Associates, Inc.Paric CorporationPinnacle Contracting, Inc.Poettker Construction Co.R.G. Ross Construction Co.Rhodey ConstructionRoanoke ConstructionRussellSITELINES, Inc.S. M. Wilson & Co.Tarlton CorporationUnited Construction Ent. Co. of St. Louis, Inc.Wright Construction Services

Advance Expo Registration is $85 for ASA Members and $125 for Non-Members. Registration includes hosted bar and appetizers. Register online at  https://asamidwest.com/asaevents/asa-meet-the-gcs-expo-2023/by January 18, 2023.  After January 18th , 2023,  there is a $15 surcharge on late registration, so register today for the early bird discount.

Advance Registration is required, and space is filling up very quickly so register soon.

ASA will have a booth at the expo with information about the St. Louis chapter, and details of upcoming industry events for 2023.  The event is open to ASA Members only from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., and then open to all registered attendees from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty subcontractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois. The ASA Midwest Council’s purpose is to improve the construction process through active participation in education, advocacy and cooperation. For more information about the ASA Midwest Council, visit www.asamidwest.com or contact Executive Director, Susan Winkelmann at 314-845-0855. ASA Midwest Council – Building. Community. Est. 1967

IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection Donates Services To Correct Faulty Electrical Repairs to Woman’s Home

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Warns Residents to Avoid Unskilled and Unlicensed Repairman

            Sparks shooting out of a bedroom wall socket, arcing from the main electrical panel, flickering lights, and exposed light fixtures with hanging wires – all the result of a slick repair sales pitch that made Angela Bryant’s first home a nightmare.  

Faced with up to $6,000 in electrical repairs to her home in St. Louis’ Mark Twain neighborhood, Bryant opted for what appeared to be a cheap solution from an unskilled repairman.  It made her home even more unsafe and unlivable. 

            With no hope for a solution, Bryant was directed by a social agency to contact the International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker (IBEW) Local 1. She connected with business representative Chris Clermont and he engaged IBEW and St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) leadership, which agreed to fund Bryant’s much needed repairs through their Electrical Connection partnership.

            “I was blown away after talking to Chris.  Somebody actually cared,” said Bryant. “I don’t have to be afraid of living in my home anymore. IBEW/NECA cared enough to make my house livable through their incredible generosity.”  Clermont engaged IBEW-signatory contractor RJP Electric to assess the Bryant’s needs and perform the repairs. 

            “This was a more than 80-year-old home that already had a history of jury-rigged electrical repairs by the unskilled,” noted Tom Piotrowski, project manager, RJP Electric.  “The latest attempt at repairs made it even worse.  The main breaker and busbar were corroded and there were exposed wires with improper splicing throughout the home.”

            “Half of my home wasn’t powered,” said Bryant. “I had to unplug every electrical device just to do laundry. The most frightening thing was sparks flying out of my bedroom wall socket and the arcing at the electrical panel.”

            “It is an all too common problem,” noted Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “People fall for a sales pitch on electrical repairs by someone who is devoid of the skills needed to make safe repairs that comply with electrical codes. That creates not only a shock hazard but a fire hazard.”

            On December 12, 2022, RJP made extensive repairs to the home, fixing the electrical panel, the improper splicing and secured all connections within junction boxes, bringing the home up code.

      “There are other issues beyond the hidden dangers created by unskilled so-called ‘handymen,’” noted Kyle McKenna, executive vice president, St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  “When it comes time to sell the home, any reputable electrical inspector is going to find and require the faulty repairs to be fixed. So why live with the hazard?”

            McKenna noted that many of the issues in Bryant’s home are similar to what the Electrical Connection partnership finds each year when it donates services to help Rebuilding Together St. Louis make low income homes safer.

The Electrical Connection and local inspection agencies say most electrical problems created by the unskilled involve attempts to tie in new equipment and wiring with existing electrical infrastructure. That includes:

  • Too many circuits for the number of positions in an electrical panel and electrical service panels located in a bathroom or a habitable room, often a room addition.  It should be in a utility area. Panels are also found mounted on moist walls where water leaks in, leading to corrosion and rust.
  • GFCIs added to kitchen countertops in an existing metal box that’s too small.  Many homes built before 1978 have this issue.
  • Improper splices and splices made outside of electrical boxes. Cables entering enclosures without the connector. Old style service entrance cables are often found with deteriorated jackets
  • Attempting to integrate old knob and tube wiring with new electrical wiring.
  • Decks added without permits, leading to unsafe overhead electric drops that are low enough to be a hazard to anyone on the deck. 
  • Outdoor receptacles installed with the wrong weatherproof cover and outdoor light fixtures installed without the required electrical box.
  • Illegal circuit runs to outbuildings.
  • Ampere rating of an overcurrent device exceeding the rating of the circuit conductors

The Electrical Connection offers the largest data base of licensed electrical contractors and skilled electricians dedicated to building in compliance with the National Electrical Code.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org

AGC of Missouri Names 2023 Leadership

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The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) announced its 2023 officers and board of directors for the statewide association representing contractors and suppliers in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

Tom Huster, president of KCI Construction Company, has been elected chairman of the board.  KCI, with offices in St. Louis and Springfield, MO, began in 1922 as a carpentry construction firm named Kloster Company. While maintaining a focus on self-performed work through the decades, it changed its name to Kloster Construction as it added concrete, sewer, heavy concrete, deep foundation, and highway and bridge work. In 1995 the company’s name changed to KCI and it further expanded to include self-performed earthwork and utilities work. KCI and its predecessor companies have been members of AGC since 1950 and Huster has served on the AGC of Missouri board since 2020, and also served on the former AGC of St. Louis board.

Other AGC of Missouri officers for 2023 are: chairman-elect of the board – Kyle Phillips, Herzog Contracting Corp.; secretary/treasurer – Mike Rallo, Jr., PARIC Corporation; and immediate past chairman of the board – Sean Thouvenout, Branco Enterprises, Inc. Also serving on the 2023 board of directors are highway & transportation division chair – Doug Fronick, APAC-Central, Inc.; building division chair – Michael Deihl, Holland Construction Service, Inc.; and utility infrastructure division chair – Steve Sellenriek, Sellenriek Construction, Inc.

Serving on the board as directors representing contractor members are Michael Luth, Fred M. Luth & Sons, Inc.; Earl Ming, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; and Andy Ernst, Pace Construction Company.

Jeremy Knernschield, Collins & Hermann, Inc. also will serve as a director, representing specialty contractors, while Steve Hicks, PE, S.H. Smith & Company, Inc. will serve as director, representing supplier/service providers. Nick Arb of Guarantee Electrical Co. will serve ex-officio, representing the Construction Leadership Council. Drew Leary, Capital Paving and Construction LLC will also serve ex-officio, representing the Young Executives Club.

Announcing the new board’s formation, Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of AGCMO said, “We are fortunate to have such an experienced group of people involved in the construction industry to help lead our association through the coming year.  Missouri’s construction outlook is generally positive as we work to meet current challenges related to workforce, supply chains, rising costs and economic uncertainty. Like many others, our industry is adapting to a changing environment, and these leaders are helping to provide our members with ‘real-world’ solutions and resources to meet the challenges.”                

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) represents the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. AGC of Missouri represents nearly 550 commercial, industrial, highway, transportation, and utility infrastructure contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state of Missouri. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield. Visit: www.agcmo.org

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