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Carpenters Open Wellness Center in Partnership with Cerner Corporation

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On Thursday, Aug. 28, The St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council celebrated the grand opening of its 10,000-square-foot Carpenters Wellness Center.

Located next to Carpenters headquarters in the 1400 block of Hampton Avenue, the Carpenters Wellness Center was built by St. Louis-based Interface Construction. The building represents a partnership with global health platform innovator Cerner Corporation.

“We’re now able to provide Carpenters and their families a one-stop shop for the majority of their medical and preventive care needs without the cost burdens associated with traditional medical care,” said Al Bond, executive secretary-treasurer. “By providing affordable and convenient care, we hope to improve the overall health of our membership while removing two key barriers, access and cost.”

A second wellness center location will be built soon in Kansas City, according to Bond. The health-specific initiatives are part of the Carpenters’ overall efforts to recruit and retain a skilled workforce, “There’s a looming workforce shortage as baby boomers retire,” Bond said.

“Offering innovative benefits like the Carpenters Wellness Center may help attract new talent to the field while providing a distinct healthcare advantage to our existing members.”

Mike Heckman, vice president of population health services at Cerner, said the company’s partnership with the Carpenters is enthusiastically welcomed. “Opening this wellness center marks an important step toward providing members and their families with quality care tailored to their needs, with a focus on long-term health,” Heckman said. “The Carpenters Union has served the tri-state area for more than 130 years, and we’re bringing many years of workforce experience to help deliver great health outcomes for their members.”

ASA Midwest Council Elects 2019-20 Officers, Board of Directors

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The American Subcontractors Association (ASA)-Midwest Council recently elected its officers and board of directors for 2019-20.

Mr. Tom Henson,  vice president at Affton Fabricating & Welding Co., Inc. was elected as the  2019-20-chapter president.  Henson succeeds Ms. Jennifer Church, United Rentals, and he will serve a one-year term which began July 1 and will expire June 30, 2020.

“It has been my privilege to be part of this subcontracting community for 20+ years and I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming year” Henson said.  “It is an absolute honor to be elected as the ASA Midwest Council President.  The changes in this organization and subcontracting industry over those 20+ years are nothing short of amazing, and I look forward to be a part of the changes yet to come.”

Richard Russell, of Sachs Electric Company was elected vice-president. Chris Sauer, of TJ Wies Contracting will serve as secretary, and Mark O’Donnell of Schmersahl Treloar & Co. will serve as the association’s treasurer.

Members of the 2019-20 Board of Directors also include: Steve Albart, Enterprise Bank & Trust; Sal Vitale, Vee-Jay Cement Contracting; Dennis Voss, Golterman & Sabo; Steve Cummins, Bell Electrical Contractors; Dan Tucker, Pipe and Duct Systems; and Ryan Spell, Precision Analysis.

Photo Above (L to R): Mark O’Donnell, Treasurer; Rich Russell, Vice President, Tom Henson, President; Chris Sauer, Secretary.

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 or contact executive director Susan Winkelmann at 314-845-0855. ASA Midwest Council – Building. Community. for 52 years. Est. 1967

Concrete Polishing Council Develops Seven Job Hazard Analysis Sheets

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The Concrete Polishing Council (CPC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), has developed seven Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) sheets for tasks primarily related to the process of polishing concrete. JHAs are used on the jobsite, prior to starting work each day, to remind craftsmen of the risks inherent in the work for that day, and the precautions that must be taken to avoid accidents.

Tasks covered in the polishing JHAs are changing pucks, safe procedures for emptying the vacuum and filter changes, sealing concrete floors, work location set up, portable generator set up, and fueling generators.

ASCC’s Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC) has developed a comprehensive list of JHAs for multiple facets of concrete contracting. All are available to ASCC members at The ASCC Safety & Risk Management Council educates contractors on all aspects of safety relating to concrete contracting and insurance matters.  The Council also provides oversight on safety publications and events.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 760 member companies in the United States and 14 foreign countries.

For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722

Key Logistics Corridor in St. Louis Region Spurs Historic Growth

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18 MSF of industrial space has hit St. Louis region’s market over past five years, much of it in North I-270 Corridor, according to new report just released by the St. Louis Regional Freightway

Recent trends in construction and development in the St. Louis region show that bulk distribution buildings (over 250,000 square feet) is a growing sector for the regional inventory. Since 2014, more than 18 million square feet of new industrial space has been constructed or is currently under construction in the St. Louis region, and more than 50% of that represents buildings of that significant size.

This surge in construction of large distribution buildings has been evenly split between speculative developments and build-to-suit projects for occupiers. In addition, over the past five years, 85% of all construction and 70% of the new major industrial parks have been focused on the North I-270 Corridor, which is a major logistics corridor for local and national manufacturers, suppliers and distributors and reinforces the vital link between Missouri and Illinois.

“The St. Louis region’s central location in the U.S. and its logistics capabilities has made the metro area a coveted destination for industrial users,” said Katie Haywood, Vice President on the Industrial & Logistics, Advisory & Transaction team at CBRE. “As consumers demand faster shipping times, the St. Louis region becomes very attractive to e-commerce users. In the past 24 months, e-commerce users and 3PLs have leased massive amounts of space. Not to mention existing companies expanding in the area, such as World Wide Technology, Medline and FedEx. Vacancy continues to hover around record lows. The St. Louis region is expected to deliver over 5.5 million square feet of new inventory in 2019, with more than 50% of that inventory being spec construction, a good sign that developers are not seeing a slow-down in demand.”

The St. Louis region boasts triple net lease (NNN) rates of $3.75 per square feet (PSF) for the bulk distribution market, which is lower than the average rate of similarly sized Midwestern cities, including Kansas City, Louisville and Nashville. The region also has 90,000 workers employed in all transportation/material moving occupations, significantly more than Kansas City or Louisville. When looking at all production occupations, the St. Louis region also has a larger workforce than both competing cities.

“Availability of space and speed of delivery; an available, job-ready workforce, and exceptional freight assets are the top three drivers of the growth we’re seeing in our region according to private industry representatives with first-hand knowledge of the bi-state St. Louis area,” notes Mary Lamie, Executive Vice President of Multi Modal Enterprises for Bi-State Development. “There’s an overwhelming amount of data that helps to illustrate the historic growth trend we’re in the midst of, and that’s what prompted us to develop our latest report.”

To help organize all the data and information, the St. Louis Regional Freightway just released the St. Louis Regional Real Estate Market Indicators & Workforce Statistics report.

This report not only draws attention to the region’s construction and development trends and its labor market – especially as relates to transportation and production occupations – it also highlights the wealth of national developers and institutional grade investors active in the market.

A final purpose of the report is to serve as a resource to highlight the St. Louis region’s competitive advantages in the world of freight and distribution. These include logistical advantages such as being home to America’s third largest inland port, four interstates with national access, five airports with capacity and six Class I railroads. Other advantages that can be leveraged by new companies choosing to locate in the region include ample utility capacity and the presence of specialized industry, including international companies that are leaders in aerospace, agriculture, metal manufacturing and recycling, logistics, chemical manufacturing and the automotive industry.

“Although not as robust as 2018, industrial activity in the St. Louis region remains steady and is out-performing forecasts from early 2019,” said Geoff Orf, Senior Vice President, Colliers International. “With a number of large speculative projects recently completed or currently under construction, the industrial market in the St. Louis region is poised to provide multiple options for new large industrial users.”

The St. Louis Regional Freightway is a Bi-State Development enterprise formed to create a regional freight district and comprehensive authority for freight operations and opportunities within eight counties in Illinois and 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, public advocacy, and freight and infrastructure development. To learn more, visit

ASCC Safety Summit

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The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, and the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA), Mt. Vernon, IA, announce the ASCC/TCA Safety Summit 2020. This is a new event, designed to bring those responsible for safety in their companies together for a day of information exchange. “Our hope is that safety professionals from ASCC and TCA members across the country will come together to share best practices and their most daunting challenges,” says Bev Garnant, executive director of the ASCC. The first summit is scheduled for March 20, 2020 in Houston, TX.

The summit will open with keynote speaker, Tim Manherz, senior vice president, TAS Commercial Concrete Construction, Houston, winner of last year’s prestigious ASCC Owner/Executive Safety Award and immediate past president of TCA. The remainder of the day will be devoted to breakout sessions, the heart of the program. Attendees will move from table to table to delve into a wide range of hard-hitting topics selected to foster spirited discussion. “The goal is for every attendee to leave armed with new ideas and contact information from fellow members, eager to continue the conversations, and with renewed energy for keeping their companies safe,” says TCA executive director Mitch Bloomquist.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them with a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry, such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 760 member companies in the United States and 14 foreign countries.  For more information visit the website at or call (866) 788-2722.

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) is the international nonprofit trade association for the global tilt-up concrete construction industry and was founded in 1986 by a dedicated group of contractors, professionals, and manufacturers with the interest of improving the quality and acceptance of tilt-up construction. For more information please visit

Urban Land Institute St. Louis to Host 2020 Regional Women’s Leadership Initiative Summit in St. Louis

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Coming off the first-ever Urban Land Institute (ULI) Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Regional Summit in Louisville, Ky., ULI St. Louis is announcing it will host the 2020 WLI conference in St. Louis on August 5-7, 2020. The WLI Regional Summit was launched this year to explore the topic of equity in land use and leadership.

“We are excited to be bringing this dynamic conference to St. Louis,” said Bonnie Roy, partner at SWT Design and ULI St. Louis WLI Co-Chair.  “Building equitable communities was a big part of discussions at this year’s national conference and we hope to showcase ULI St. Louis’ Equitable Communities Initiative launched to address significant issues detailed in the Ferguson Commission Report.”  The Equitable Communities Initiative was detailed in a recent op-ed by ULI St. Louis Chairman Chip Crawford in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (see

About 20 ULI St. Louis members attended this year’s conference.  The St. Louis chapter also provided two speakers: Bonnie Roy, partner at SWT Design, and Esther Shin, president of Urban Strategies, Inc.  Panel discussions explored topics such as “Fostering More Equitable Development” and “Cultivating Inclusive Leadership.”  It also featured breakout sessions focused on topics such as “Revitalizing Commercial Corridors: Pitfalls and Opportunities,” “The Difference ‘Difference’ Makes – Double Minority Leadership,” “Community Engagement and Involvement,” “Equitable Real Estate Opportunities,” and more.

The conference featured a mayor’s forum with leadership from Louisville, Lexington, Ky. and Gary, Ind. exploring the topic of equity in the public realm and in development underway in their respective cities.

With more than 240 members, ULI St. Louis unites thought leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.  Its members include real estate, design, construction, institutional, legal and accounting professionals along with civic leadership.   For more information,

New Paving Kit Available from ASCC

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The joint Paving Committee of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, MD has assembled a Paving Tool Kit, a library of resources for concrete paving contractors and designers. The Tool Kit is available at

Resources include:

Paving Brochure

A reference guide for concrete parking lots that details the benefits of concrete parking lot development, outlines the NRMCA Design Assistance Program (DAP) and provides reference and comparison illustrations and charts for material thickness.

Illuminance PFB1-Understanding Lighting and How LED are Changing the Game Discusses how a concrete parking lot decreases energy costs when compared to asphalt, due to lighter color and surface reflectivity.

Shedding Light on Concrete Reflectivity

A Case Study Focusing on the Leavenworth, KS Walmart – This real world case study focuses on energy savings with a concrete parking lot.

Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots

A guide to the use of concrete overlays over existing asphalt lots, provided by the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center. Provides information about selecting, designing, and constructing successful concrete overlays on existing asphalt pavements.

Concrete Parking Lot Construction and Design FAQs

Frequently-asked questions on reinforcement, jointing and sealing.

ACI 330.2R-17: Guide for the Design and Construction of Concrete Site Paving for Industrial and Trucking Facilities

ASCC recommends this guide designed to assist architects/engineers, contractors, and testing agencies with designing, detailing, constructing, repairing, and inspecting site paving.

ACI 330R-08:  Guide for the Design and Construction of Concrete Parking Lots Information on site investigation, thickness determination, designs of joints and other details, durability, paving operations, and quality-assurance procedures.

ACI Parking Area Quick Reference Sheet

Details recommendations for 20-year design thickness, jointing, best construction practices & more.

Parking Lot Checklist for Pre-Construction Conference

Prior to beginning a parking lot construction project it is recommended to complete this extensive pre-construction checklist.

Design Assistance Program (DAP)

Provided by NRMCA, this program provides detailed recommendations for specific concrete parking lot design including CAD jointing recommendations along with the opportunity for design consultation.


Concrete Tracker is a collection of concrete building and paving case studies assembled by NRMCA. Building owners, developers, architects, engineers and others can search for information about a concrete building or paving project.

Concrete Promotion

A wealth of information for concrete contractors along with planning and design assistance programs and webinars.

Concrete Parking

Printable and downloadable brochures on concrete parking and paving subjects.

Advantages to Concrete Parking Lots

A joint presentation from ASCC and NRMCA, outlines the primary benefits of concrete parking lots and failure points in asphalt lots.

“These resources have been extremely beneficial to our paving contractors, “says Bev Garnant, executive director, ASCC, “for both promoting and installing concrete parking lots. “The information they need to convince owners, developers and designers that concrete is the paving material they want and need is all here in one package.”

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them with a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry, such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 760 member companies in the United States and 14 foreign countries.  For more information visit the website at or call (866) 788-2722.

The NRMCA is the leading advocate for the concrete industry. Its mission is to responsibly represent and serve the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion, education and partnerships to ensure that ready mixed concrete is the building material of choice. For more information visit the website at

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards NGA West Program Office Building Contract

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Fort Worth, TX-based Modular Management Group, Inc. has been awarded the contract to provide the Next NGA West’s integrated project modular office facility as a facet of the largest federal investment project in St. Louis history.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the $3.1 million contract on July 10.

According to the Corps, this temporary modular office facility will provide space for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Kansas City District and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and is expected to be occupied in early 2020.

Founded in 2005 as a minority-owned small business, MMG’s president is Hector Rodriguez. The design-build general contractor has a resume of government projects including a three-story 18,500 square-foot modular administrative facility for Veterans Affairs in Ann Arbor, MI; a 40,000-square-foot secured modular facility at Eglin Air Force Base in western Florida; and an 18,000-square-foot Invisible Wounds Center at Eglin Air Force Base, all which are permanent modular buildings. MMG’s list of temporary modular building projects includes a 13,104-square-foot temporary office modular project at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas; a 4,620-square-foot Open Secret Facility at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana; and 14,295 square feet of office space at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California.

“We would like to thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the contract award, and the opportunity to provide the temporary modular facility in support of the N2W project,” Rodriguez said.

Next NGA West is a mega-project jointly managed by the NGA, the Corps and the U.S. Air Force. The 97-acre site is in the historic St. Louis Place neighborhood at Jefferson and Cass Avenues.

In related NGA news, St. Louis development officials concluded a public comment period July 30 to gain input relative to the $25 million to $30 million in accessibility-related improvements planned for Jefferson Avenue and Parnell Street.

Electrical Connection & Saint Louis FC Partner on Fundraiser for “Shop with a Cop”

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The Electrical Connection is celebrating its 27th year supporting a well-known law enforcement community trust building program by partnering Saint Louis FC on a fundraiser for two holiday season “Shop with a Cop” programs.  For the third year in a row, the Electrical Connection and Saint Louis FC hosted a “Christmas in July” fundraiser. It was held on July 27, 2019 in the soccer match against Bethlehem Steel FC at Toyota Stadium in World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.   The charitable event benefits “Shop with a Cop” projects in Ferguson, Mo. and St. Francois County.  St. Louis FC won the game 3-0.

The game kicked off with a celebration of the “Shop with a Cop” program, featuring introductions on the field of law enforcement leadership and charity supporters and a video of last year’s holiday giving program.  Fans received a limited edition 2019 jersey flag commemorating the event for a donation.  The flag can also be obtained at the St. Louis FC Fan Shop.  Attending the game for Ferguson was its new police chief, Jason Armstrong, and officer Michele Merriwether.  The attendees for St. Francois County were Lora Henson, the county’s “Shop with a Cop” coordinator, and deputy Jason Jones.

The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

‘Shop with a Cop’ raises money so law enforcement can take children December holiday shopping for gifts they would not otherwise receive.  St. Francois County’s program is one of the largest in the country, serving more than 500 children. Electrical Connection members have supported that program since its inception in 1993.  In 2016, the Electrical Connection helped re-energize the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” program by initiating the Saint Louis FC “Christmas in July” fundraiser.  The Electrical Connection has donated more than $75,000 over the years to support both programs since 1993.

            Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit

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