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IBEW Local 1 Hosts 2020 USGBC State of the Chapter Meeting

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Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1, George Fujii, BSI Constructors, Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection, Joe Abernathy, vice president, facility planning and engineering, St. Louis Cardinals.

It has been a momentous first two decades of the millennium for advocates of greater energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment.  LED lighting, solar  and renewable forms of energy, smart buildings, smart cities and smart infrastructure including electric vehicle charging stations are just a few of the innovations that blossomed over the past 20 years.  That served as the backdrop as IBEW Local 1 hosted the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Missouri Gateway Chapter’s State of the Chapter event on Jan 23, 2020.

Tim Green, Electrical Connection; Emily Martin, Aschinger Electric, Erik Lueders, director of sustainability and purchasing, Parkway School District, Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1; Jim Curran, Electrical Connection, Bob Kaemmerlen, president, Kaemmerlen Electric.

Since the USGBC launched the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in 1999 more than 300 buildings in St. Louis have achieved LEED certification.  “Our USGBC membership also continues to drive innovation, including the Living Building Challenge which strives for net-zero water, waste and energy in structures, the WELL Building Standard which aims to improve the health and wellness of building occupants and our Better Buildings Through Benchmarking initiative which encourages deeper energy efficiency in existing buildings,” said Emily Andrews, executive director, USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter.  “As green design and construction has evolved, we’ve had great supportive partners like IBEW and its Electrical Connection partnership with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).”

Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1

“LEED energized a new way of thinking about the environmental impact of what we build and innovations in greater energy efficiency,” noted Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “That, in turn, spurred the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center to adapt its program to develop the skills needed to engineer and build renewable forms of energy and all types of smart infrastructure.”

Bob Kaemmerlen, Kaemmerlen Electric; Angela Moore, US Green Building Council (USBGC) – Missouri Gateway Chapter board chair; Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1; Emily Andrews, executive director, USGBC; Emily Martin, Aschinger Electric; Jim Curran, Electrical Connection.

Jacobs noted that IBEW/NECA played an instrumental role in developing a national curriculum for electric vehicle charging stations.  It is also is a strong advocate for the next generation human-centric LED lighting which delivers better color and visual acuity and healthier circadian rhythm.  Last year, the Electrical Connection donated services to install human-centric lighting in three St. Louis Public Schools in partnership with PLANLED, Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation.

“At the start of the millennium 20 years ago, we had just completed a $1 million upgrade to our training center to meet the ever advancing needs of the information age, including digital technology and voice/data/video,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1. “As LEED and other green design initiatives developed, we continued to invest to create a highly adaptable learning laboratory, including a rooftop solar array.”

“We appreciate the Electrical Connection and IBEW/NECA’s leadership in not only delivering the skills needed to build the innovations driving greater energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment, but they have also been a strong advocates of these innovations,” said Andrews, executive director, USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter. “It is also great to have our state of the chapter meeting in IBEW’s newly renovated historic union hall, which is a showcase for energy efficiency.”

The 40,000-square-foot union hall at 5850 Elizabeth Ave. is on the National Register of Historic Places for modern design.  Renovations have included a solar array topping a parking lot canopy over electric vehicle charging stations.  It also features other cost saving systems, including a new HVAC system, a white roof and new windows and water efficient fixtures.

Andrews unveiled the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Education Calendar for 2020, which is focusing on three themes: A Just & Equitable EnvironmentClimate Solutions: Addressing Urgency & Taking Action; and Resilience & Innovative Recovery. The February 11, 2020 program will feature Lisa Conway, the vice president of sustainability for Interface.  For more information on programming visit www.usgbc-mogateway.org.

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  It represents more than 5,000 highly skilled and safe IBEW electricians and the more than 150 NECA electrical contractors who employ them.  For more than 75 years, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership has trained more electricians/communication technicians than any education program in Missouri. Its award winning work provides safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

Above Photos: 

EC-BSI – Left to right, Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1, George Fujii, BSI Constructors, Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection, Joe Abernathy, vice president, facility planning and engineering, St. Louis Cardinals.

  • EC-Parkway – Left to right, Tim Green, Electrical Connection; Emily Martin, Aschinger Electric, Erik Lueders, director of sustainability and purchasing, Parkway School District, Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1; Jim Curran, Electrical Connection, Bob Kaemmerlen, president, Kaemmerlen Electric.
  • EC-USGBC – Left to right, Bob Kaemmerlen, Kaemmerlen Electric; Angela Moore, US Green Building Council (USBGC) – Missouri Gateway Chapter board chair; Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1; Emily Andrews, executive director, USGBC; Emily Martin, Aschinger Electric; Jim Curran, Electrical Connection.
  • Frank-Address – Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1

Mason Contractors Association Announces 2020-21 Board Appointments

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The Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, chartered in March 1896 and one of St. Louis’ oldest trade organizations recently announced its slate of officers and other governing members for the upcoming term.

Officers:

  • President: Bradly C. Grant (Grant Contracting Co.)
  • Vice President: Brian Smith (John J. Smith Company)
  • Secretary: Brett Lampkin (Lampkin Masonry)
  • Treasurer: Luke Siebert (Heitkamp Masonry, Inc.)

Trustees:

  • Daniel Dwyer (E.C. Landers Brickwork, Inc.)
  • Nick Frisch (Frisch Masonry, Inc.)
  • Tom Schmitt (Superior Waterproofing & Restoration Co., Inc.)
  • John Foley (Swanson Masonry, Inc.)
  • Scott Masterson (B & K Tuckpointing Co.)

Arbitration Board:

  • John J. Smith, Jr. (John J. Smith Masonry Company)
  • Brian J. Grant (Grant Contracting Company, Inc.)
  • Thomas L. McDonnell (George McDonnell & Sons Tuckpointing Company)
  • Jeffrey D. Schmidt (JDS Masonry, Inc.)
  • Martin Heck, Jr. (Martin C. Heck Brick Contracting Co.)

The MCA of St. Louis includes owners of contracting companies, along with businesses that supply the masonry industry, as well as the firms that serve its financial, legal and insurance needs.

Home Builders Association Donates More than $11,000 to Marygrove

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (left) presented an $11,197 donation to Courtney Noto, director of development for Marygrove.

The donation will be used to remove, repair and refinish industrial-grade metal cabinets in two of Marygrove’s residential treatment units – Aspen and Rosewood. Marygrove is dedicated to providing a safe living environment for children and youth while addressing their mental health needs. Marygrove serves approximately 225 children and young adults each day (approximately 1,300 each year) who are struggling with behavioral, emotional or other mental health issues. These challenges are often the result of abuse, neglect or other early childhood traumas. The desired outcome for each child is to learn how to manage their mental health condition and develop life skills so they can move to a less restrictive environment.

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.

 

RFP Issued Public Art Installation At Maplewood Metrobus Stop

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Artists interested in submitting their proposals as part of the “TRANSIT STOP TRANSFORMATION PROJECT” must do so by Feb. 7 to be considered 

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT), the regional transit advocacy organization, AARP in St. Louis and KaBOOM!, a national non-profit that partners with communities to expand play opportunities for kids, have issued a call for artists from across the St. Louis area to submit proposals for a public art installation that will be featured as part of the Maplewood Transit Stop Transformation project, located at the corner of Manchester Rd. and Marshall Ave. Interested artists can view the request for proposal at cmt-stl.org and must submit their ideas and qualifications by Feb. 7, 2020, to be considered.

The Maplewood Transit Stop Transformation project is a joint initiative between CMT, AARP in St. Louis, KaBOOM!, the City of Maplewood and Citizens National Bank to convert the space surrounding the MetroBus stop at Manchester Rd. and Marshall Ave. into a fun, artistic space that encourages active play, cultivates community and increases transit use. The design for the overall project, which is being led by BlackArc Design, has been finalized – with input from the Maplewood Community. The public art installation is separate from the overall design and will be a key feature of this project.

As part of the public art installation, artists must be able to submit a design that celebrates the identity and City of Maplewood and work collaboratively with partners to ensure a timely and efficient delivery of the project. The artist must include a community engagement aspect, with community members – including those without any art training – playing a part in painting, installing or creating portions of the public art piece. The artist must also have a deep understanding and commitment to equitable development, the impact and possibility of play and the ability for creative interventions to produce long-term impact in neighborhoods.

“The public art installation will be a key feature of the overall design to reimagine the vacant space around the MetroBus stop in Maplewood, and we are excited to issue this request for proposal for local artists to submit their ideas and be a part of this much-needed transformation,” said Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. “We look forward to viewing proposals and unveiling the chosen design next month, and we are eager to work with the selected artist to bring to life a public art design that will further enhance the engaging space being created at this busy traffic stop.”

Artists interested in submitting their proposals for the public art installation must do so by 5 p.m. on Feb. 7. The artist and public art piece will be selected on Feb. 12 by a panel made up of members of the partnering organizations, with public art installation expected to take place in early March. The selected artist will be given $1,250 for the design concept, community engagement event and assistance with project installation. More details are available at https://cmt-stl.org/rfp-for-public-art-released-for-maplewood-transit-stop-transformation-project/.

The Maplewood Transit Stop Transformation project serves as an extension to Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) and AARP in St. Louis’ ongoing efforts to raise awareness about “placemaking” around transit. This is a concept that transforms places people simply pass through in route to their next destination – like MetroLink and MetroBus stations – into active, engaging corridors that connect individuals and neighborhoods by offering access to products, services and green spaces. To learn more, call Citizens for Modern Transit at (314) 231-7272 or visit www.cmt-stl.org.

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) is the region’s transit advocacy organization. It was established in 1985 to help bring light rail to St. Louis and works to develop, support and enhance programming and initiatives to ensure safe, convenient and affordable access to the region’s integrated public transportation system. CMT champions, challenges, encourages and advocates for public transit in an effort to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life in the St. Louis region. To learn more, visit www.cmt-stl.org.

 

SIOSH / SAFETYCON DAY

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SIOSH / SAFETYCON Day is hosting on Monday, January 27, 2020 what is expected to be the largest safety conference to ever take place on the Illinois side of the river to raise awareness of the importance of safety in the workplace and on construction jobsites.

Presentations will include: Trench Safety; Affirmative Employee Misconduct; Emergency Planning for the Employer; OSHA Update; Natural Gas Safety; Aerial Lift and Elevated Work Platform Fall Protection; Protecting Hearing and Communication Technologies for Construction; Practical Driving Tactics to Reduce Crashes; Stop The Bleed; Simplified Electrical Distribution Theory, Premises Wiring and Safety; Drones in Construction; and Building a Safety Culture. Presentation of Southern Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Excellence Awards for General Industry and Construction.

Expected attendees include Southern Illinois Builders Association, Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, IMEC, Council of Owners and Construction Associates, AASC/TekSolv and approximately 250 individuals from companies throughout the Southern Illinois area. 

This event will take place at the Morris University Center / Meridian Ballroom at SIU Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois on Monday, January 27, 2020

  • Registration and Networking: 7:30 a.m.
  • Welcome and Introduction of Speakers: 8:00 a.m.
  • Keynote Address by Aeneas Williams, Super Bowl Champion and NFL Hall of Famer.
  • Breakout Sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Awards Presentation: 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Lunch: 12: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Breakout Sessions: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Vendor Fair: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Aaron Priddy, OSHA; Mary Beth Proost, Council of Owners and Construction Associates; Representatives from IMEC; Tom Adams, GRP/Wegman; Tamara Walker, AASC/TekSov; Joe Wickenhauser, Olin Brass; Donna Richter and John Holt, Southern Illinois Builders Association will be on site and available for interviews on Monday, January 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CREW St. Louis Appoints 2020 Officers & Directors

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Tracy Howren
Nancy Petersen

The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) announced its executive officers and board directors for 2020.

CREW-St. Louis officers for 2020, including their respective companies, are: 

  • President, Tracy Howren, UMB Bank
  • President Elect/CREW Network Delegate, Nancy Petersen, Enterprise Bank
  • Immediate Past President, Michelle Yates, Lawrence Group
  • CREW Network Delegate, Stacey Kamps, Koch Development
  • Secretary, Angie Drumm, Carmody MacDonald
  • Treasurer, Mickey Warriner, Jacobs

Board directors for 2020, and their respective companies, are:

  • Sharon Henderson, Lawrence Group
  • Dawn Humphreys, First American Title
  • Christine Ramsdell, St. Charles County
  • Rebecca Randolph, Brinkmann Constructors
  • Erin Torney, Colliers International
  • Erin Valentine, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. The mission of CREW-St. Louis is to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

Green Street, SoLiS Building First Electrical Vehicle Charging Locations Along Market Street

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

St. Louis-based SoLiS Mobility LLC and Green Street Construction broke ground this month on the company’s first electric vehicle (EV) charge-sharing locations near the intersection of Market Street and Jefferson Avenue.

SoLiS President Luke Schuette said the $3.2 million, 5,411-square-foot project, being built by Green Street Construction, will include 24 EV stalls, a Kaldi’s coffee station, healthy grab-and-go food, a lounge and ride sharing and ride hailing areas.

The vehicle charging infrastructure on Market Street will accommodate eight 24-kilowatt AC-level II chargers, eight 80-amp AC-level II chargers, four 175-kilowatt chargers with eight distribution posts and four 160-kilowatt chargers with eight distribution posts.

“We are excited SoLiS chose St. Louis as its inaugural location,” said Phil Hulse, CEO and managing principal of Green Street St. Louis. “This forward-thinking solution is a great addition to our advancing region and our city’s sustainability initiatives.”

Luke Schuette, president and founder of SoLiS Mobility, said the pilot site at 2320 Market Street was selected due to its proximity to Downtown West and the Central Business District, offering connectivity to surrounding developments such as the next NGA West, the MLS stadium, St. Louis Aquarium and other destinations.

“We’re extremely excited to be positioning our pilot site in such an ideal location where there is already so much energy,” Schuette said.

The project is expected to be completed in May.

SITE Improvement Association Honors Joe Leritz With President’s Award

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Joe Leritz

The SITE Improvement Association has awarded Joe Leritz with its highest recognition, the President’s Award.  Leritz, President of Leritz Contracting and CEO of Busy Bee Paving, received the award for his many years of dedicated service to the organization.  The award is given to a SITE member who has provided outstanding guidance, foresight, time and leadership to assist the organization in reaching its goals and maintaining its role within the construction industry.

This is only the tenth President’s Award presented by SITE Improvement Association during its 54-year history.

“Joe Leritz has given generously of his time and talents to the association,” said SITE Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “This award is just a small token of the membership’s appreciation of his Significant efforts to help the association grow and better serve the construction industry in eastern Missouri.”

Leritz Contracting joined SITE in 1984.  Leritz himself has served on SITE Board of Directors for 33 years, including three years as president of the association.  He has also represented the association on various labor union contracting committees and served on multiple association committees.

SITE Improvement Association is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members. SITE has been in continuous operation since 1966.  For more information, visit www.sitestl.org.

Kadean Construction Nominated For ‘General Contractor Of The Year’ By Midwest Subcontractor Trade Association

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Kadean Construction, one of the fastest growing companies in the greater St. Louis region, has been nominated for the General Contractor of the Year 2020 by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council.
Kadean is proud to have been nominated for the award over a dozen times and for winning the award in 2018, 2017, 2009, 2008, 2003 and 2001.

“We are extremely proud to once again be nominated because it recognizes our dedication to working closely with our subcontractors, who we view as trusted partners,” said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction. “Our strong relationships with our subcontractors have been a big part of our company’s success for more than 50 years.”

The award will be presented at the ASA Midwest Council’s 27th Annual Disco Ball Awards Gala, which will be at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 28. In addition to the General Contractor of the Year Awards, there will also be awards given for the following:  GC Employee Recognition Awards, Outstanding MEP Subcontractors, Outstanding Specialty Subcontractors, Outstanding Service Provider/Supplier and ASA Safety Awards.

“The entire ASA Midwest Council is honored to acknowledge Kadean as one of the best general contractors in St. Louis at our 27th annual awards gala,” said Susan Winkelmann, ASA Midwest Council Chapter Executive Director.

The subcontractor members of the ASA nominate and select a “General Contractor of the Year” based on the contractor’s bid ethics, safety policy, job supervision, subcontractor relations, payment practices, scheduling coordination, administrative procedures and equitable contract provisions.

Kadean Construction specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting. It currently has healthcare, senior living, commercial and light industrial construction projects underway in Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Kansas.

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis area and Southern Illinois for the past 50 years.

The Midwest Council’s purpose is to improve the construction process through active participation in education, advocacy and collaboration.

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), HBA Immediate Past President John Suelthaus of Kingbridge Homes (left) and presented a $15,000 donation to Amy Armour, grant writer for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service.

The donation will be used to help fund the Care Service’s Repairing Home Restoring Hope (RHRH) program which provides needed repairs and handicapped-accessible modifications to help low-income homeowners avoid the threat of homelessness. Typical needs addressed include repairing HVAC systems, roofs, floors, window and door replacement, plumbing and electrical problems, and correcting city/county code violations.

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.

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