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Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Faith Through Fire

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2022 HBA President Jeremy Roth (Elite Development Services/McBride Homes) (left) and HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (right) presented a $15,000 donation to Faith Through Fire’s CEO/founder Beth WilmesHBA member and CEO/chairman of Innsbrook Corporation Charlie Boyce (right center) sponsored the donation request.

The donation will be used toward the building of a respite house for St. Louis breast cancer patients at Innsbrook Resort, a luxury lake and golf course community in Innsbrook, Mo. The House of Hope will provide mental health support to patients who need a break from the rigors of treatment and is one of four Faith Through Fire programs designed to help address the emotional needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer. The organization’s other programs include peer mentorship, a podcast and partnership with Build-A-Bear® to help support the young children of breast cancer patients.

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.

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Riverboat Cruise Will Offer Opportunity to View A Final Milestone In Landmark Project to Replace the Historic Merchants Bridge

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The $222 million project to replace the Merchants Bridge that links Missouri and Illinois near downtown St. Louis is nearing completion, and the St. Louis Regional Freightway is providing a rare opportunity to see one of the last significant milestones in the project firsthand from the unique perspective of a riverboat cruise on Friday, August 26. A limited number of tickets will be available for members of the public who would like to join invited guests and media for the cruise, which will begin boarding at 11:30 a.m., depart at noon and return to the dock at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on a first-come-first-served basis at https://www.gatewayarch.com/buy-tickets/#u-riverboat-tickets-u. The cruise will depart from 50 S. Leonor K Sullivan Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63102, at the base of the Gateway Arch steps.

The work underway this week is a crucial phase of the project to replace the vital rail artery across the Mississippi River, which is one of the nation’s primary east-west rail corridors serving one of America’s largest rail hubs. The riverboat cruise is being offered as the last of three new trusses is scheduled to be installed. Those on board should be able to witness history in the making as it is floated into place. Representatives from Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA), which owns the bridge, and Walsh Construction, the general contractor for the project, will provide an overview of the project, its significance to the nation’s freight network, and the steps involved in placing the trusses.

The Merchants Bridge is one of two freight rail bridges spanning the Mississippi River in the St. Louis area, and this project will double the capacity on the bridge, enabling users to move their freight faster, more cost effectively and more reliably. The Merchants Bridge also serves Amtrak and is a main component of the Chicago to St. Louis high-speed rail corridor. The ability to utilize both the eastbound and westbound tracks at the same time upon completion of the project in the coming weeks will be an advantage during delays on the route, helping to increase average Amtrak speeds through the downtown St. Louis portion of the trip. Currently, only one train can cross the bridge at a time.

“This cruise will provide a unique opportunity for area residents who may be bridge enthusiasts, history buffs and current or aspiring engineers or construction workers to witness history and capture a photo of the work in progress to install the final of three trusses on the bridge,” said Mary Lamie, Executive Vice President of Multi Modal Enterprises at Bi-State Development, which operates both the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch and the St. Louis Regional Freightway as two of its enterprises.

The truss installation is a complex process that actually takes several days to complete. All the regularly scheduled cruises by the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch on Thursday, August 25, will also take passengers into the vicinity of the Merchants Bridge as part of the tour, where the captain will provide a little background on the structure, the project underway and the benefits the new Merchants Bridge will deliver. More information is available about the regular riverboat cruises at https://www.gatewayarch.com/buy-tickets/

“While it is possible the construction schedule may change in the final days leading up to the truss installation and that might impact exactly what phase of the work is occurring during the curated cruise, getting to see and learn about this landmark project from those directly involved in building the new bridge from this unique vantage point on the water will still make for a memorable experience,” said Asim Raza, Chief Legal Officer, Director of Corporate Affairs, Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis.

A Bi-State Development enterprise, the St. Louis Regional Freightway is a regional freight district and comprehensive authority for freight operations and opportunities within eight counties in southwestern Illinois and eastern Missouri which comprise the St. Louis metropolitan area. Public sector and private industry businesses are partnering with the St. Louis Regional Freightway to establish the bi-state region as one of the premier multimodal freight hubs and distribution centers in the United States through marketing and advocacy for infrastructure development that supports the movement of freight. To learn more, visit thefreightway.com.

The TRRA is a Class III railroad serving 80 industrial customers in the St. Louis region and providing interchange services to Class I railroads serving the East and West Coasts and the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. These services provide cost efficient transportation options to area businesses in a critical hub connecting the St. Louis region to the national and global marketplace.

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Some Input Costs Fall in July, While Bid Prices Climb; Employment Climbs But So Do Job Openings

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Submitted by the AGC

Contractors’ input costs declined on balance in July, while bid prices accelerated, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data posted on Thursday. Specifically, the producer price index (PPI) for material and service inputs to new nonresidential construction slid 1.3% for the month, while 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—jumped 5.4%. The input index climbed 14.6% year-over-year (y/y), but that was the smallest y/y rise since March 2021. The bid-price index rose by a record 23.9% y/y. Several materials contributed to the slowing of input costs. The PPI for diesel fuel plunged 16.3% in July but soared 71.3% y/y. Indexes for metals fell for the month: copper and brass mill shapes -9.7% (and -7.9% y/y); aluminum mill shapes, -4.0% (but up 12.5% y/y); and steel mill products, -3.7% (up 6.4% y/y). Other inputs with small declines in July include lumber and plywood, -0.5% (and -7.7% y/y); truck transportation of freight, -0.3% (but up 21.7% y/y); and asphalt felts and coatings, -0.2% (up 17.8% y/y). Prices increased in July for several inputs, including insulation materials, 3.3% (and 19.0% y/y); concrete products, 2.2% (and 14.3% y/y); and plastic construction products, 1.0% (and 22.4% y/y). AGC posted tables of construction PPIs. Readers are invited to send cost and supply-chain information to ken.simonson@agc.org.

Construction employment, seasonally adjusted, totaled 7,706,000 in July, an increase of 32,000 from June and 311,000 (4.2%) y/y, according to AGC’s analysis of data BLS posted on August 5. Residential construction employment, comprising residential building and specialty trade contractors, rose by 14,100 in July and 120,800 (4.0%) y/y. Nonresidential construction employment—at building, specialty trades, and heavy and civil engineering construction firms—climbed by 10,300 for the month and 190,800 (4.4%) y/y. The number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience fell 39% y/y to 359,000, and the industry’s unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, declined from 6.1% to 3.5%. Average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees in construction rose 5.7% y/y, less than the 6.2% rate for the overall private nonfarm sector.

Wages and salaries in the construction industry rose 1.7%, seasonally adjusted, in the second quarter (Q2) of 2022 and 4.4% y/y, up from 3.2% a year earlier, BLS reported on July 29. The y/y increase was the steepest since 2001. Wages for the total private sector increased 1.5% in Q2 and 5.7% y/y, the most in the 22-year history of the series and up from 3.5% a year ago. Total compensation (wages, salaries, and benefits, including required employer payments) in construction rose 1.5% in Q2 and 4.0% y/y, up from 3.0% a year earlier. Total private industry compensation increased 1.5% in Q2 and 5.5% y/y, up from 3.1% the year before. The steeper increases in sectors other than construction for these measures, as with average hourly earnings, may be one reason contractors are having trouble filling jobs despite raising pay more steeply than in past years.

There were 330,000 job openings in construction, not seasonally adjusted, at the end of June, an increase of 8,000 (2.5%) from June 2021, BLS reported on August 2. That was the largest June total in the 22-year history of the series and the 16th consecutive month of rising y/y openings. Hires dipped by 12,000 (-2.8%) y/y to 412,000. Layoffs and discharges fell by 30,000 (-21%) y/y to 116,000, and the layoff rate, 1.5 per 100 employees, was the lowest for June in series history. Quits held nearly steady at 183,000 (down 2,000 or 1.1% y/y).

Construction spending (not adjusted for inflation) totaled $1.76 trillion in June at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, down 1.1% from May but up 8.3% y/y, the Census Bureau reported on August 1. However, without a deflator, it is impossible to say how much of the gain is in units vs. price. Declines for the month were widespread. Private nonresidential construction spending dipped 0.5% for the month but climbed 1.7% y/y. The largest private nonresidential segment (based on spending year-to-date in January through June)—power—slumped 1.8% for the month and 15% y/y (including electric power, -2.0% for the month and -18% y/y, and oil and gas field structures and pipelines, -1.1% and -4.2%, respectively); followed by commercial, -0.6% for the month but up 11% y/y (including warehouse, -0.7% and 14%, respectively, and retail, -1.7% and 6.4%); manufacturing, -0.1% in June but up 20% y/y (including chemical and pharmaceutical, -4.2% and -9.2%, respectively, and computer/electronic/electrical, -0.1% and 149%); and office, 0.5% and -2.1%. Public construction spending decreased 0.5% for the month but edged up 0.4% y/y. The largest public segment, highway and street construction, lost 2.7% for the month and 1.1% y/y. Public education construction declined 0.7% and 4.8%, respectively. Public transportation construction fell 1.0% and 2.7%. Private residential construction spending declined 1.6% for the month but climbed 16% y/y. Single-family spending shrank 3.1% in June but rose 8.4% y/y; owner-occupied improvements slipped 0.3% for the month but leaped 33% y/y; and multifamily increased 0.4% in June but inched down 0.1% y/y.

Total construction starts in current dollars (i.e., without adjusting for inflation) soared 48% in July at a seasonally adjusted annual rate Dodge Construction Network reported today. “This gain results from the start of three large manufacturing plants and two [liquefied natural gas] export facilities. However, even without these projects, total construction starts would still have increased 7%. Nonresidential building starts rose 79% in July, and nonbuilding starts jumped 120%….residential starts decreased 8%.

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Walls Erected, Ceremonial Groundbreaking for St. Louis’ First World-Class, Indoor Volleyball and Basketball Complex

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Bradley Beal, Chesterfield Mayor Nation and others participate in groundbreaking

A ceremonial groundbreaking marked construction of Chesterfield Sports Complex, St. Louis’ first world-class, indoor volleyball and basketball complex at 150 N. Eatherton Road in Chesterfield Valley. St. Louisan and NBA star Bradley Beal made a surprise appearance at the event. Bradley Beal Elite (BBE), the top ranked NIKE sponsored club in the Midwest with some of the best players in the nation, has committed to be the basketball tenant for the facility. Other tenants are High Performance and Stratman Sports for volleyball and CNR Basketball. The facility will be owned and operated by nonprofit Chesterfield Sports Association. 

“For 25 years, I have been hearing the word ‘no’ a lot in terms of St. Louis having something like this. This is special. It has taken a lot of people a lot of time to get it to this point,” said Scott Mebruer, CEO and Club Director of High Performance, St. Louis’ premier volleyball club. “Generationally our youth will be able to play in this for our lifetimes and this kids lifetimes.” 

Scheduled to open early 2023, five major events have already been scheduled, including a gymnastics invitational in March, three NXT PRO Sports basketball tournaments and the Ozark Mountain National Martial Arts Tournament in July.  

The groundbreaking was stalled two weeks because of major rainfall on the originally scheduled date. Over the last week, general contractor Keystone Construction Company raised the 40-foot tall concrete tilt-up panels that were cast on site over the last several weeks. In the coming weeks, 302-tons of steel will be erected. The developer is Mia Rose Holdings. The architect is mw Weber Architects and the civil engineer is Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc. The project was funded by State Bank.

“We have one mission, and that is to take care of the youth of St. Louis,” said Stuart Duncan, president of Chesterfield Sports Association. 

The sports complex will offer the full range of youth sport services and amenities to develop student athletes to meet their fullest potential. Ace Performance Lab, owned and operated by U.S. gold medal Olympic volleyball player Scott Touzinsky, will lease the facility’s 4,000-square-foot performance center and provide both performance training and recovery equipment for youth athletes. As the facility’s medical service provider, Mercy will provide athletic trainers, physical therapists and sports medicine physicians.

The multi-court, 97,000-square-foot sports complex will attract an estimated 900,000 visitors each year to its clinics, camps, leagues and tournaments. The facility is projected to generate more than $3.5 million in local annual spending and generate 10,000 hotel room nights per year. An estimated 1,000 short and long-term jobs will be created for construction workers, coaches, referees, trainers, concession and maintenance workers. More than 1,000 youth athletes will practice and train during the week and over 2,500 athletes will play in league and tournament games each weekend. 

Nine basketball courts will convert to 18 volleyball courts and be equipped with Olympic level flooring and HD/4K streaming cameras. A sophisticated LED lighting system will be programmable with various lighting levels and colors to best illuminate basketball or volleyball action. Additional amenities include a fitness area, full food service operations, comfortable spectator seating courtside, second-floor mezzanine for game viewing, lounge areas and multipurpose rooms for team rooms, meetings and classes. 

Due to the lack of safe and adequate facilities locally, local basketball and volleyball clubs currently must use multiple locations, hours away, to meet their needs and tournament organizers turn to bigger venues in other Midwestern cities. 

For information about partnership opportunities, visit www.chesterfieldsports.com or email info@chesterfieldsports.com. To follow the development, follow chesterfieldsports on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

“This is a venture that will provide a venue for our youth to learn sportsmanship, become better citizens, learn competitiveness, keep them off the streets and maybe off their screens a little bit,” said Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation.

ABOUT CHESTERFIELD SPORTS ASSOCIATION

Founded in 2020, Chesterfield Sports Association (CSA) is a Chesterfield, MO-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was formed to give St. Louis youth the opportunity to grow, develop, and reach their highest potential as an athlete, student and individual. Stuart Duncan formed CSA after more than 20 years as a volunteer coach, tournament director, and board member for various local sports organizations. His passion for youth sports and development drives his mission for this new sports complex. 

ABOUT MIA ROSE HOLDINGS

Mia Rose Holdings LLC (MRH) is a Chesterfield, MO-based commercial real estate development company that actively acquires and develops real estate to support the needs and vision of local communities. MRH provides comprehensive, first-class development services through partnerships with the best and brightest in commercial brokerage, engineering, architectural and construction services. In addition to multi-family and mixed-use developments, MRH has a strong niche developing and consulting for ice rinks and other youth athletic facilities, including Maryville University Hockey Center, Pacific Ice Rink and Chesterfield Sports Complex. For more information about Mia Rose Holdings, visit www.miaroseholdings.com.

ABOUT KEYSTONE CONSTRUCTION

Keystone Construction Company is a St. Louis-based general contractor with expertise in design/build projects for office, retail, industrial and healthcare clients. For nearly 35 years, Keystone projects have reflected the company’s commitment to superior architecture and design, quality materials and craftsmanship that stand the test of time. The general contractor has received numerous design and construction awards, including Building St. Louis awards in 2017, 2019 and 2021; Project 64 West Excellence in Community Development Award; and Excellence in Design Award from American Builders Company and Nucor. Harvard University chose Keystone’s unique process for a course study called “How to do Design/Build Right.” For more information, visit https://keystone-stl.com.

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Electrical Connection Sponsors Hawthorn Foundation Networking Event at Busch Stadium

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The Electrical Connection brought business, civic and state leadership together, including Missouri Governor Mike Parson, for a Hawthorn Foundation networking event at the August 13, 2022 St. Louis Cardinal game at Busch Stadium.  The event, held in partnership with the Hawthorn Foundation, was designed to advance business and economic development initiatives in the state.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Electrical Connection at Cards Game Gov. Parsons & Bond www.timparkerphoto.com

Among the attendees was Doug Rasmussen, CEO and managing principal, Steadfast City Economic & Community Partners, who just days earlier detailed a development team’s $1.2 billion plan for Chouteau’s Landing in the St. Louis Business Journal

“Our IBEW/NECA partnership understands that business opportunities for our electrical contractors and workforce go hand in hand with a unified effort to advance prosperity throughout our region,” noted Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection. “We are proud to work with the Hawthorn Foundation to connect business, civic and state leadership to do just that.”  This was the fourth year the Electrical Connection sponsored and hosted a networking event for the Hawthorn Foundation at Busch Stadium (CORRECT?). 

Joining Steadfast City, the Hawthorn Foundation, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership and Missouri Governor Parson at the event were key business and civic leadership from several firms including:

Bank of America, Masterclock, Economic Development Council of St. Charles County, Gateway Studios and Production Services, MLS St. Louis City SC; and Kit Bond Strategies, OPO Startups, MIssouri Realtors Association, Doe Run, Gateway PGA and Virtus Insurance

Former Missouri Senator and Governor Kit Bond also attended the event. Bond is the founder of the Hawthorn Foundation.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

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5K Trap Walk/Run on Sept. 10, 2022 Spotlights Community Building in North St. Louis

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There is nothing quite like a ground level view of successful community building in North St. Louis.  That’s the point of the fifth annual Trap Run 5K and Festival on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 hosted by Northside Community Housing Inc.  The event will wind its way through North St. Louis streets on a route dotted with successful and ongoing community development projects bridging the Delmar Divide.  Along the way, it will be energized by music from 12 different DJs as St. Louis’ first hip-hop themed 5K run/walk & festival.  Learn more and register at www.traprunstl.com.

                “The Trap Run 5K offers a vision of what is possible with the foresight of long-term investment in equitable developments in our under resourced neighborhoods,” said Aaron Williams, who serves on the board of Northside Community Housing.  Williams is also a project manager at Penn Services, LLC, and the newly named chairman of the Urban Land Institute St. Louis (ULI STL) District Council. 

                The family-friendly 5K, will begin at the intersection of North Sarah and Kennerly at 8:00 am Saturday, Sep 10, 2022.  It will pass by benchmark developments along the route including:

·         St. Ferdinand Homes II and 2600 N. Sarah for-sale homes, both developed by Northside Community Housing

·         Eternity Adult Day Care – new veteran senior homes under construction.

·         The planned Ozella Foster Funeral Home Services

·         North Sarah Apartments & Retail developed by McCormack Baron Salazar

·         Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being developed by the Deaconess Foundation

After the run, brunch and Sara-Lou Brew will be served by Gourmet Soul and Civil Life Brewing Co. at the celebratory festival that brings together community, culture and commerce from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sarah & Kennerly finish line.

“The special thing about this event is that it is homegrown and everyone who participates becomes part of the regeneration of this culturally-rich and historic part of our city,” said Michael Burns, Northside Community Housing, Inc., which reinvests proceeds from the event into neighborhood projects and affordable housing. “Whether you run, walk, volunteer, sponsor, vend, or just come to cheer on friends at the Trap Run, you will have made an impact.”

Major sponsors for the event this year include Purina, Verizon, Nike Community Impact Fund, Enterprise Bank and Trust, River City Outdoors and Invest STL. This 5th anniversary year also welcomes a new partnership with Go! ST. Louis. 

“GO! St. Louis is incredibly excited to be jumping in as a community partner of the Northside Trap Run this year,” said Mona Langenberg, of Go! St. Louis. “Our goal is to provide opportunities for the St. Louis community to be healthy and active while showcasing our beautiful and historic city.  The Trap Run does both of those things – and much more! We look forward to introducing even more local runners to this unique, local event.”

Northside Community Housing. Inc. (NCHI) is a non-profit, community development corporation that has been serving north Saint Louis City for 40 years. NCHI began as a housing department of Northside Youth and Senior Service Center in 1977 and in 2003 became an independent housing organization. In addition to owning and developing affordable housing, NCHI has been a key organization in providing support to youth programs, community gardens, and other community initiatives in north Saint Louis City.  Learn more at www.northsidecommunityhousing.org.

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Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program Awards Scholarships to Students

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Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program’s Garland E. Whitworth Memorial Scholarships:  from SIU Edwardsville-Abraham Koch, Kyle Wesolowski and Tyler Higgins; from Southwestern Illinois College-Austin Brown, Hunter Snow and Sean Wright; and from Kaskaskia College-Amy Perl.  SICAP began offering scholarships in 2010 and has awarded over $57,000 in scholarships since that date.

Scholarship recipients include: Abraham Koch, Amy Perl, Kyle Wesolowski, Tyler Higgins, Sean Wright, Austin Brown and Hunter Snow.

Eligibility requirements include:  writing a short paper on construction safety and submission to the SIBA Safety and Crime Prevention Committee; maintain a minimum of 2.5/4.0 grade point average at time of application; have a full-time student status; and enrolled in a construction management program at SWIC, John A. Logan College, Kaskaskia College or SIUE.

Students chosen for the scholarships are:  eligible to attend monthly Safety and Crime Prevention Committee meetings; required to take part in a full day ride along with an SIBA member company’s safety manager to observe/mentor safety walk throughs, tool box talks, etc. and get exposure to the industry; maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average during the scholarship semester; maintain full-time student status; and prepare a short presentation on experiences and knowledge learned throughout the year at the end of the school year.

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MoDOT DBE Lunch & Learn, Design-Build Projects

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The Missouri Department of Transportation’s External Civil Rights Division is hosting its 3rd Virtual DBE Lunch & Learn on Thursday, August 25, 2022, from 12 noon to 1 pm, Central Standard Time.  This month’s topic is MoDOT Design-Build Projects.  We will have guest presenters from MoDOT and the prime contractor community who are also currently working on MoDOT’s Design-Build projects across the state of Missouri.

If you are interested in registering for this event, please click on the revised registration link below to  sign-up. 

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Should you have questions, more information is available at: 314-453-1872. 

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Home Builders Association Donates $17,624 to UCP Heartland

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2022 HBA President Jeremy Roth (Elite Development Services/McBride Homes) (left) and HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (right) presented a $17,624 donation to UCP Heartland’s major gifts officer Kevin Amstutz.

The donation will be used to replace the flooring at the organization’s Oak Tree Respite Home in Webster Groves, Mo. The unique respite program offers a fully staffed home-away-from-home for adults with developmental disabilities. Primary caregivers may schedule a planned or emergency visit for their loved ones while they travel or tend to their personal needs. UCP Heartland’s mission is to provide children and adults living with differing abilities the extraordinary care and support they need to thrive in school, at home, at work and in their community.

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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Final Design Concept Approved for Transformation Project at North Hanley Transit Cent

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Construction to Commence in September and be Completed in October 2022

After getting input from transit riders, area residents, elected officials and stakeholders through a series of in-person and virtual opportunities, a finalized design concept has been approved for the “Transit Stop Transformation Project” at the North Hanley Transit Center, located at 4300 North Hanley Road. The project – being completed in conjunction with Citizens for Modern Transit, AARP in St. Louis and Metro Transit and through a partnership with St. Louis REALTORS® – will transform the concrete area between the bus bays and MetroLink entrance into an interactive, playful and engaging space.

The finalized design – developed by Team Better Block with the assistance of local design firm Design Lab 443 – boasts a vibrant-colored “Transit: We All Ride Together” theme. It features shade structures, seating, musical artwork, ground murals and window designs. In addition, it reflects the diverse group of riders who utilize this significant MetroLink-MetroBus connection point in unincorporated St. Louis County. Construction will commence in September and be completed in October 2022.

“The planning process for this project was fueled by the input of the local community, and the final design fits the feel of the area, as it will serve as an extension of the fabric of the community,” commented Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. “We are excited to see this concept come to life and transform this space into an engaging corridor that residents of all ages can enjoy.”

The “Transit Stop Transformation Project” at the North Hanley Transit Center is the fourth transformation of its kind in the St. Louis region. Transformations were also completed at the Belleville Transit Center in Belleville in June 2022, the Emerson Park Transit Center in East St. Louis in August 2021 and at a MetroBus stop in Maplewood in June 2020. Each project showcases a deep understanding of and commitment to equitable development around transit, the possibility of play, the ability for creative interventions to produce long-term impact for residents of all ages and the need for collaboration to succeed. The partners work with stakeholders to build consensus and policies to move permanent development forward – and ultimately establish lasting developments at transit stops that are helping to improve safety and security, build ridership and increase activity around transit. Each project also reinforces the element of fun that comes with activating space and will be maintained via partner commitments to ensure sustainability for years to come.

To learn more, visit www.cmt-stl.org.

About Citizens for Modern Transit

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.

About AARP in St. Louis

AARP in St. Louis is the local connection for AARP – the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age. Locally this is done through virtual & in-person engagement opportunities, legislative efforts on the local, state and federal level, educational resources, and volunteer opportunities.  Advocating for and supporting efforts that contribute to creating a lifelong community is at the core of what we do in the St. Louis region.  www.aarp.org/stlouis

About Metro Transit

Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s main public transportation system, which includes 24 battery electric buses and nearly 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 59 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 38 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro Transit is a Bi-State Development enterprise.

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