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HBA Awards Program Winners Announced

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HBA Awards Program Winners

The Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri (HBA) announced the winners of its annual HBA Awards Program on Thursday, July 22 at a ceremony at Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles, Mo. The HBA Awards Program honors excellence in the home building industry and is divided into three categories: Homes of the Year, Marketing & Advertising and Personal Achievement. Please see the next page for a list of winners.

The HBA Awards Program was judged by HBA members of Georgia and Greater Austin, as well as members of the Building Industry Association of San Diego. Click here for more information about award categories and judging criteria.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry.

The following HBA members and member companies were awarded for their achievements in 2020:

Homes of the Year Awardees

  • Display Home of the Year, Single Family Detached, Small Builder, 2,700-3,299 sq. ft. – McKelvey Homes for The LaSalle at Inverness
  • Multifamily Project of the Year – Fischer & Frichtel Homes for Montclair Crossing Townhomes
    Custom Home of the Year – Hibbs Homes
  • Most Advanced Home of the Year – Compass Design Build
  • Outdoor Living Space of the Year, Custom, Associate Member – Heartlands Building Company
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Kitchen, $75-100,000 Budget – Liston Design Build
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Kitchen, $100-125,000 Budget – Liston Design Build
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Bathroom, $100-125,000 Budget – Mosby Building Arts
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Miscellaneous Project, $75-100,000 Budget – Liston Design Build
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Aging in Place, $100-125,000 Budget – Compass Design Build
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Overall Redesign, $225-250,000 Budget – Liston Design Build
  • Staging Project of the Year, Single Family Detached Display Home, Sales Price Under $499,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, Single Family Detached Display Home, Sales Price $500,000+ – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, Spec Home, $2,500-5,000 Staging Budget – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, Spec Home, $5,000-7,500 Staging Budget – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays

Marketing & Advertising Awardees

  • Best Design Center, Builder Member – Fischer & Frichtel Homes
  • Best New Floor Plan, 1.5 Story, Above 2,500 sq. ft. – McKelvey Homes for The Larkspur
  • Best YouTube Commercial, Builder Member – McKelvey Homes
  • Best Print Ad, Builder Member – McKelvey Homes
  • Best Specialty Marketing, Associate Member – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team
  • Best Website, Associate Member – Second Mile Service Company for www.PurePest.com  
  • Best Website, Builder Member – Lombardo Homes for www.LombardoHomes.com
  • Best Social Media Campaign, Associate Member – Metro Lighting
  • Best Overall Marketing Campaign, Builder Member – Fischer & Frichtel Homes

Personal Achievement Awardees

  • Rookie Salesperson of the Year – Steven Bonfanti, McKelvey Homes
  • New Home Community Salesperson of the Year – Lisa Harris, McBride Homes
  • New Home Community Sales Manager of the Year – Gia Linville, McKelvey Homes
  • New Home Community Sales Team of the Year – Tina Bock and Josh Mueller, Fischer Homes
  • Highest Closer, Number of Sold Units – Lisa Harris, McBride Homes
  • Highest Closer, Dollar Volume – Lisa Harris, McBride Homes
  • Construction Manager of the Year – Ryan Barnoski, Fischer Homes
  • Marketing Director of the Year – Gia Linville, McKelvey Homes
  • Online Sales Professional of the Year – Kim Kelly, Fischer & Frichtel Homes
  • Real Estate Sales Manager/Agent of the Year – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team
  • Mortgage Professional of the Year – Jeff Griege, Paramount Bank
  • Mortgage Company of the Year – Groundwork Mortgage
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Expanded Grain Handling Capacity in the Ag Coast of America Strengthens St. Louis Region’s Position as the Nation’s Most Efficient Inland Port

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The St. Louis region’s position as the most efficient inland port in the United States has been strengthened following the recent addition of a new grain handling terminal on the banks of the Mississippi River in Cahokia, Illinois, adding additional capacity in the area known as the Ag Coast of America. The region garnered the title due to a 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi River featuring 15 barge-transfer facilities that, at total capacity, can handle 150 barges a day – the highest level of capacity anywhere along the Mississippi River. The addition of the 16th terminal, which was built by American Milling and purchased in December 2020 by Oakley St. Louis, LLC, a subsidiary of Arkansas-based Bruce Oakley, Inc., further expands the existing capacity with the ability to handle at least 1,000 more truckloads of grain daily. 

Bruce Oakley entered the market in 2019 with its purchase of Lange-Stegmann Company, and this is its second terminal in the area. The acquisition gave Bruce Oakley control of Lange-Stegmann’s 60-acre site at Mile 182.7 on the Upper Mississippi River, which includes a barge dock, a rail yard with 23,000 feet of track, three locomotives, a truck and rail scale, and more than 153,000 tons of storage capacity.

“Bruce Oakley, Inc. is very excited to have a presence in the St. Louis area,” said Justin Oakley, Vice President of Bruce Oakley, Inc. “For a commodity transportation and distribution company like Oakley, St. Louis is one of the most strategic locations on the river system. No other city connects river, rail, and road quite like the Ag Coast of America. Deep barge drafts, the lock-free and ice-free river to New Orleans, connection to the Class-1 railroads, and proximity to many industrial accounts that Oakley also services, make the Ag Coast a perfect location for us. Having the largest and most efficient fertilizer terminal in the area, complemented by a high-speed grain loading terminal, makes Oakley uniquely suited to add value to customers throughout the region.”

Other facilities on the Ag Coast include the Cargill Grain Elevator, which is one of the busiest grain elevators in the nation; the Bunge-SCF River Grain Terminal in Fairmont City, Illinois, which is designed for more than a million bushels of permanent storage and can handle high volumes of multiple commodities simultaneously; and four facilities in Cahokia, Illinois, operated by Consolidated Grain and Barge Company (CGB), Louis Dreyfus and COFCO International Growmark, which are the four highest capacity facilities in the entire inland waterway. Facilities operated by ADM, Gavilon Fertilizer, SCF, and Italgrani Elevator Company, along with America’s Central Port and the Municipal River Terminal in St. Louis, round out the 16 barge transfer facilities currently handling the tremendous volumes of agriculture and fertilizer products flowing through the Ag Coast.  

Growth on the Ag Coast is also supported by the recently completed reconstruction of Cargill Elevator Road, a vital link to the terminals in Cahokia, Illinois. Trucks represent 87 percent of the vehicles traversing the narrow roadway, and prior to the reconstruction, traffic had been limited to one lane in each direction. Federal funding of  $800,000 through the IDOT Competitive Freight Program was key to advancing the $3.3 million project, which also received state and private funds.

“IDOT is proud to be working closely with our local stakeholders and businesses to improve the efficient transport of freight through our region,” said Keith Roberts, the Acting Region Five Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation. “The recent Cargill Elevator Road improvements complement future planned work by the department, including the extension of relocated IL Route 3 south into Sauget and additional projects to improve reliability of the freight and commuter network along this vital regional corridor.”

One additional project, now partially funded, will help to address heavy traffic volumes on Illinois Route 3 at the A&S railroad crossing in Sauget, which result in more than 55,000 hours of through-traffic delays annually. Calculating the cost of delay, a proposed grade separation project would provide annual cost savings of $1.5 million for passenger and commercial vehicle drivers traveling this area and improve truck traffic reliability, safety and efficiency benefiting barge and rail rates. The overall project has multiple benefits to the region in terms of improving access to the growing business community and encouraging future business development.

Mary Lamie, Vice President of Multi Modal Enterprises for Bi-State Development and head of the St. Louis Regional Freightway enterprise, is excited about the continued investment in the Ag Coast and the infrastructure surrounding it.

“Handling nearly 450,000 tons per mile, the St. Louis region’s port system is almost two and a half times more efficient on its river usage than its closest competitor, according to the most recent rankings by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” said Lamie. “The added capacity and enhanced access provided by the newest terminal and infrastructure investments will come in handy given projections that 2021 will be a record year for corn and soybean exports from the United States.”

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 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, public advocacy, and freight and infrastructure development. To learn more, visit thefreightway.com.

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AGCMO Promotes Brandon Anderson to VP; Names Doug Foley as Safety Consultant

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The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missourihas promoted

Brandon Anderson to vice president safety and named Doug Foley as safety consultant. The announcement was made by Leonard Toenjes, CAE, AGCMO president.

Anderson brings more than 24 years of experience in the construction industry to his new position.  Prior to joining AGCMO in 2020 as safety consultant, he was employed by the Missouri Department of Transportation for 17 years, including 15 years as a lead safety instructor.

At AGCMO he develops, leads and facilitates safety training and also serves as facilitator for AGCMO’s OSHA Partnership, meeting quarterly with the area director from the St. Louis OSHA office and member companies.  He also provides staffing for several AGCMO committees, including the Safety Committee, Safety Forum, Heavy Highway and Infrastructure Joint MoDOT Committee, and the Mental Health/Suicide Prevention in Construction Committee.  He also is chairperson of the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumer’s Safety Committee.

Anderson is certified as an instructor in first aid, CPR and AED (both adult & pediatric) by the National Safety Council. He also is a certified instructor in fall protection, including EM385 24-hr. fall protection competent person, competent person, equipment inspector and end user, and is a certified ATSSA traffic control supervisor, just to name a few.

Doug Foley joins AGCMO from MoDOT where he has served as senior safety specialist, Southwest District since 2012.  From 2007 to early 2012, he served in emergency incident response for MoDOT.  Prior to that, he worked in MoDOT maintenance.   Foley attended Ozarks Technical Community College and is certified by OSHA as a specialist in safety and health, and as an OSHA 500 and 501 authorized trainer, and is certified in OSHA 40 Hour HazWoper.

      Foley also is certified as a CPR and first aid instructor and a 3M fall protection equipment inspector. He also holds a National TIM training certificate in traffic incident management and responder safety.  Finally, he is trained in FEMA incident command structure level 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800, and hazardous materials awareness levels by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety.

“Safety and the health and wellness of our workforce have become a top priority during the pandemic,” noted Toenjes. “Brandon has contributed greatly to the growth and support for our Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Program, including our Pledge of HOPE campaign. Our 12 toolbox talks, developed with Washington University in St. Louis, our campaign materials, and approach have received national attention, with contractors from around the country asking for our assistance.

“Unfortunately, U.S. construction has one of the highest suicide rates among all professions and carries the weight of a male-dominated, ‘tough guy’ image that often prevents people from asking for help,” observed Toenjes.  “COVID-19 has put additional pressure on our workers, many of whom are already coping with high physical stress, injuries, long hours and travel. Our goal is to let construction workers know it’s ok to ask for help and to place trained people on every major job site that can recognize workers who may be experiencing difficulties.”

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri. In 2020, Missouri’s chapter was named AGC of America Large Chapter of the Year.

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Electrical Connection Contractor Guarantee Electrical Co. Earns Two Finalist Projects in AGC Keystone Awards

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Electrical Connection member contractor Guarantee Electrical Co. has two projects vying for Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri Keystone Awards this year.  The projects competing for top honors in construction excellence include New Growth Horizon Medical Marijuana Facility and Ballpark Village – One Cardinal Way.  Guarantee is a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA), which partners with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection.

Guarantee’s New Growth Horizon Medical Marijuana Facility assignment entailed renovating an existing 60,000-square-foot warehouse space to facilitate the cultivation of medical-grade marijuana. Work included a new 12.47kV electrical service to the building feeding two 3,000 amp substations powering the highly controlled lighting and HVAC systems across the cultivation and production areas. Guarantee also installed specialized grow lights in the vegetation rooms, power to all rack-mounted grow/vegetation room fans, and card access, CCTV, and an enhanced security system.

For the Ballpark Village – One Cardinal Way project, Guarantee overcame challenges to deliver electrical and low voltage infrastructure for a 297-unit, 30-story luxury residential tower in the heart of downtown St. Louis. Work consisted of three distinct services to balance the overall load for optimal efficiency, a 750 KVa backup generator, three bus duct risers, smart energy-efficient lighting, and power and data to all residential and common spaces.

Since 1997, when the AGC Keystone Awards competition was launched, more than 100 Electrical Connection member contractor projects have been honored.  The prestigious construction awards program salutes projects for safety, proficiency in overcoming challenges and the quality of delivery, including maintaining budget and schedule.  In addition to Guarantee, Electrical Connection contractors that have earned AGC Keystone honors in the past include PayneCrest Electric, Kaiser Electric, Sachs Electric, Aschinger Electric, and Bell Electrical.

Winners of the 2021 Keystone Awards will be announced and celebrated at the AGC’s Construction Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4 at the River City Casino & Hotel in St. Louis.  For more information, visit https://www.agcmo.org/keystonefinalists.

The Electrical Connection partnership provides safe and reliable commercial, industrial and residential electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. It is an important resource for business and civic leadership for new technology, including disruptive technologies, advancing electrical and communication infrastructure.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

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Job Openings, Hires Rates Slip in May; Dodge Momentum Index Declines In June but Remains Elevated

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Submitted by the AGC

There were 299,000 job openings in construction, seasonally adjusted, at the end of May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Wednesday in its latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) release. That was a 6.4% increase from a year earlier. However, as a share of filled and unfilled jobs, the job openings rate of 3.9% matched the year-earlier rate and fell short of the rates in April (4.5%) and March (4.3%). Hires in May totaled 311,000 or 4.2% of the employment total for the month—the lowest May hires rate in the 21-year history of the series. The declines in the hires and job openings rates are consistent with BLS’ employment report on July 2 that seasonally adjusted construction employment dropped by 22,000 in May and 7,000 in June. Layoffs and discharges totaled 157,000 or a rate of 2.1%, tying the lowest May rate in series history and suggesting that contractors are not aggressively downsizing. Contractor readers are invited to take the 2021 AGC/Autodesk Workforce Survey.

“Following six months of consecutive gains, the Dodge Momentum Index fell [5% in June] from the revised May reading,” Dodge Data & Analytics reported on Thursday. The index “is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year….The decline in June was the result of losses in both institutional planning, which fell 7%, and commercial planning, which lost 4%. Uncertain demand for some building types (such as retail and hotels), higher material prices, and continued labor shortages are weighing down new project planning. Even with June’s decline, however, the Momentum Index remains near a 13-year high and well above last year. Compared to a year earlier, both commercial and institutional planning were significantly higher than in June 2020 (39% and 46%, respectively). Overall, the Momentum Index was 41% higher….June’s retreat in planning activity is another sign that the recovery from the pandemic-led recession will be nonlinear. The current level of the Momentum Index and its underlying components, however, continue to signal that a more broad-based recovery in nonresidential construction starts will occur in 2022.”

Lumber futures prices tumbled 58% from a record close of $1686 on May 7 to $716 on June 30 before rebounding to close on Thursday at $774.60. “In contrast, prices paid by builders since late May have declined by a fraction of that impact,” National Association of Home Builders economist David Logan explained in an “Eye on Housing” article on Tuesday. “As the price declines began grabbing headlines, however, the price of lumber packages quoted to builders held at record highs. In economics jargon, prices paid by builders—or ‘street’ prices—were ‘sticky.’ This dynamic is primarily due to dealers’ inventory carrying costs and potentially large differences between the price at which inventory is bought and sold….Wholesalers tend to be ‘trigger happy’ when prices skyrocket. As the cost of their inventory is low relative to cash prices during these periods, they will quote at or near current market prices. The environment is one in which wholesalers are assured to buy low and sell high. However, wholesalers cannot predict when a bull market is going to end and buy their lumber according to how likely they believe it will last. As different buyers may have different forecasts, disparities in purchasing behavior can arise. A wholesaler that assumes lumber prices will keep rising for two months will buy more inventory than one assuming the run will last for two weeks. Retailers generally have less buying power than wholesalers have selling power. In such a scenario, the retailer (e.g., lumberyard) is said to be a ‘price taker.’ As a result, their inventory costs tend to increase in step with market prices. These higher costs are passed on to builders in order to maintain positive operating margins. Thus, lumber retailers are less likely than wholesalers to realize outsized profits when prices are rising.”

“On average, pricing [for aggregates] is up 3-6%, depending upon the market and product mix,” investment research firm Thompson Research Group (TRG) reported on Thursday. There “are additional pricing actions in the works for [the second half of 2021. For cement, a] price increase in the range of 6-9% was implemented across most markets in April. A second price increase of roughly the same magnitude is being implemented in July/August. Texas cement is on allocation, as is California. Now, even the Mississippi River region has a kink, with the Holcim cement plant only producing ~50% of capacity. This plant has been running to help make up for capacity that is currently down in the [Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)] market (awaiting a scrubber fix, which likely won’t be completed in 2021). From DFW to Houston, Texas has remained allocation given 1) 1.5 million tons of Holcim capacity offline; 2) congested ports limiting the amount of cement entering Texas and 3) overall increased demand. While the California cement market has improved relative to 2020, availability remains tight.”

Door manufacturers also announced price hikes recently. Clopay notified its dealers on Wednesday that, effective July 9, “All residential and commercial sectional models[, ]rolling steel doors[, parts,] and heavy hardware will increase 22%. All entry doors will increase 10%.” All freight rates will increase by 6%.” TRG reported on Tuesday, “We recently obtained a pricing letter from Masonite…, which indicates pricing going up 6-12% (varies by product) and surcharges being added on Asian import products. These prices will be implemented on orders received from August 9 onward….The company continues to have customers on allocation for interior doors. Masonite noted that key suppliers in the Texas Gulf Coast region are not operating at normal capacity levels, and the shortage is exacerbated by elevated demand.” Readers are invited to send cost and supply-chain information to ken.simonson@agc.org.

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2021 CREW-St. Louis Annual Awards Event

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The CREW-St. Louis Annual Awards spotlight CREW Network’s Mission to influence the success of the Commercial Real Estate industry by advancing achievements of women, showcasing the power of networking, and demonstrating the organization’s support of the community. 

The organization will present the winners of the New Member of the Year Award, CREW Impact Award, Career Advancement for Women Award, Economic Impact Award, Woman of Influence Award, and the NEW Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion within the Industry Award in August. Click here to see Past Years’ Winners.

Traditionally held at the St. Louis Woman’s Club in the spring, this year’s event is being celebrated at La Verona on the Hill. This is a seated dinner with a gluten-free menu. Business/Business Casual Attire.

This event will take place on Thursday, August 26th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The location will be:

La Verona on the Hill at 4925 Daggett Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Cost is $75 for members, $90 for non-members. Tables of 8 are available for $600. Capacity limited to 150. It is requested that registration take place by Saturday, August 14th.

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BSI joins NIBS BIM Council

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This membership allows BSI to participate as the National Institute of Building Sciences helps to develop a national Building Information Modeling (BIM) program for the US

BSI, the business improvement and standards company, has become a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) BIM (Building Information Modeling) Council. The Council will help develop a national BIM program for the US that aligns with international standards.

The BIM Council is one of eight NIBS councils with the mission to lead the development and deployment of broadly adopted national information management standards and processes.

BIM is well established outside the US, in countries such as the UK, and supported by the international standard, ISO 19650-1:2018 – Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modeling (BIM) — Information management using building information modeling.

Recently, NIBS and the UK’s Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to adapt the UK program model and materials as a guide for a US roadmap to encourage greater adoption of ISO 19650 as a best practice and industry benchmark.

“We’re delighted the NIBS and CDBB have signed an MoU to work together on this important undertaking. This partnership represents a step forward in the development of the US National Building Information Management (BIM) program,” said Joe Muratore, Americas Director Product Certification, BSI.

“The US built environment sector has adopted BIM best practice to a degree, however the standardization rate remains low,” said Andy Butterfield, Managing Director, Built Environment, BSI. “This new US program will align with ISO 19650, the international standard for BIM, and will help move the US industry forward. We’re excited to be a part of the process and look forward to working on this exciting project.”

BIM has been in the US building construction market for about two decades having been more heavily used in the past ten years. The challenge the MoU and BIM Council hope to address is the proliferation of standards and requirements throughout the industry. Many owners, federal, state and private, have developed their own BIM standards with variations between them. One example of this is the Level of Development standards; in her study published in 2016, Marzia Bolpagni identified 28 different LOD standards internationally. The development of a cohesive US program will lead to a greater level of adoption of ISO 19650 and cohesiveness.

For more information about ISO 19650, click here.

BSI is the business improvement and standards company that enables organizations to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence, “inspiring trust for a more resilient world.” For over a century BSI has driven best practice in organizations around the world. Working with over 77,500 clients across 195 countries, it is a truly global business with skills and experience across all sectors including automotive, aerospace, built environment, food and retail, and healthcare. Through its expertise in Standards and Knowledge, Assurance Services, Regulatory Services, and Consulting Services, BSI helps clients to improve their performance, grow sustainably, manage risk and ultimately become more resilient.

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Finalists Announced for AGCMO 24th Annual Construction Keystone Awards

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Construction Projects Represent Top Innovation and Quality Construction by Missouri’s Contractors

Innovative, resourceful and results-oriented are just a few ways to describe the contractors executing the construction projects selected as finalists for the 2021 Construction Keystone Awards.  Finalists include health care, education and recreational facilities; commercial buildings; industrial and manufacturing facilities; and a broad range of infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges, water, sewer and energy plants.  

The Construction Keystone Awards are presented by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri.  A panel of five expert judges selected these outstanding projects as finalists last month, and later this summer will continue their review of additional data provided by the finalists in order to determine the winning project in each category. 

The submissions span 10 categories focused on the work of AGC member general contractors and specialty contractors. The facilities and infrastructure built by member contractors create new jobs, support economic growth and enhance the quality of life. Missouri has more than 13,300 construction firms producing an economic impact of $12.2 billion (3.7 percent) of the state’s GDP of $332.1 billion. (Source: https://tinyurl.com/AGCofAmerica).  Missouri’s construction workforce is comprised of nearly 127,500 persons  (Source: https://tinyurl.com/AGCMoJobs).

Winners of the 2021 Keystone Awards will be announced and celebrated at the AGC’s Construction Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4 at the River City Casino & Hotel in St. Louis.

“Our contractors and their workforces deserve special recognition for the work they performed last year, often under difficult circumstances,” noted Len Toenjes, CAE, AGCMO President.  “Despite COVID-19, which presented particular challenges on our work sites, they managed to introduce innovation, beat schedules, and work through many supply chain issues. Our owners, contractors, safety personnel and our workforce really stepped up to keep the work going, despite the pandemic. At the same time, innovation and technology continue to transform our industry, as evidenced by these finalist projects. After all, the challenges presented to our contractors and their ability to successfully meet them is the essence of the Keystone Awards.                                                               

2021 Construction Keystone Award Finalists

Mid-America Class(Projects located in Missouri or contiguous states)

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor

Building Construction

Project Under $15 million

Russell HBD, LLC

Project: Missouri Foundation for Health

Owner:  Missouri Foundation for Health

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

Tarlton Corporation

Project: Primate Canopy Trails

Owner:  Saint Louis Zoo

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

The Lawrence Group Projects, LLC

Project: Ironworkers Local 396 Union Hall

Owner:  Ironworkers Local Union No. 396

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor

Building Construction

Project $15 – $50 million

IMPACT Strategies, Inc.

Project: Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 Training Center

Owner:  Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562

Project Location:  Earth City, MO

Tarlton Corporation

Project: St. Louis Children’s Hospital Levels 5 & 8 Renovation

Owner:  BJC HealthCare

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor

Building Construction

Project $50 million or more

Alberici Constructors, Inc.

Project: Saint Louis University Hospital

Owner:  SSM Health

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

PARIC Corporation

Project: Ballpark Village – Phase 2

Owner:  Cordish Companies

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

S. M. Wilson & Co.

Project: City Foundry STL

Owner:  FoPa Partners, LLC

              An affiliate of New + Found Development

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

Wright Construction Services, Inc.

Project: North Point Wentzville Middle School

Owner:  Wentzville R-IV School District

Project Location:  Wentzville, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor

Industrial Construction

Helmkamp Construction Co.

Project: Sioux Unit #1 & #2 Conveyor Upgrades

Owner:  Ameren

Project Location:  Portage Des Sioux, MO

L. Keeley Construction Company

Project: Falling Springs Primary Expansion

Owner:  Casper Stolle Quarry and Contracting Co.

Project Location:  Dupo, IL

Murphy Company

Project:  Ameren Labadie Unit 2

Owner:  Ameren Missouri

Project Location:  Labadie, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor

Transportation & Infrastructure

Project Under $15 million

Branco Enterprises, Inc.

Project: 7th & Illinois Stormwater Improvement

Owner:  City of Joplin

Project Location:  Joplin, MO

Goodwin Brothers Construction

Project: Chouteau Island Grit Tank

Owner:  Illinois American Water Company

Project Location:  Granite City, IL

L. Keeley Construction

Project:  Dellbridge Ct. Storm Channel Repair

Owner:  Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District

Project Location:  Dellwood, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor

Transportation & Infrastructure

Project Over $15 million

Alberici Constructors, Inc.

Project:  Marseilles & Starved Rock Lock Chamber Rehabilitation

Owner:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Project Location:  LaSalle County, IL

Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.

Project:  I-44 Bridge Rebuild Design-Build

Owner:  Missouri Department of Transportation

Project Location:  Newton, Jasper, Lawrence Counties, MO

Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.

Project:  Jackson County I-70 & I-435 Interchange

Owner:  Missouri Department of Transportation

Project Location:  Kansas City, MO

Specialty Contractor / Subcontractor

Building Construction

Project Under $1 million

Acme Erectors, Inc.

Project: Primate Canopy Trails

Owner: Saint Louis Zoo

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

CNC Foundations

Project: Ballpark Village – Phase 2

Owner:  Ballpark Village Holdings

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

T. J. Wies Contracting

Project: St. Charles County DOC Pedestrian Bridge

Owner:  St. Charles County

Project Location:  St. Charles, MO

Specialty Contractor / Subcontractor

Building Construction

Project $1 – $10 million

CNC Foundations

Project: St. Louis Aquarium

Owner:  USH, LLC

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

Guarantee Electrical Company

Project: New Growth Horizon Medical Marijuana Facility

Owner:  Proper Cannabis

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

Murphy Company

Project: Uncle Ray’s Potato Chip Plant

Owner:  H. T. Hackney Company

Project Location:  Montgomery City, MO

Specialty Contractor / Subcontractor

Building Construction

Project $10 million or more

Guarantee Electrical Company

Project: Ballpark Village – One Cardinal Way

Owner:  Cordish Companies

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

Murphy Company

Project:  Saint Louis University Hospital

Owner:  SSM Health

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

National Class

(Projects located in lower 48 states, excluding Mid-America Class)

Alberici Constructors, Inc.

Project: Linville Dam Embankment Seismic Stability Improvement

Owner:  Duke Energy

Project Location:  Lake James, NC

icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering, LLC

Project: Blue Origin Engine Facility

Owner:  Blue Origin

Project Location:  Huntsville, AL

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri. In 2020, Missouri’s chapter was named AGC of America Large Chapter of the Year.

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Shawn Levin Named Director of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center

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25-year electrical industry veteran Shawn Levin has been named director of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis.  The training center, now in its 80th year, pioneered apprenticeship training in Missouri for the electrical and communications industry. It has trained more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any other education program in the state.  The training center, located at 2300 Hampton Ave., is jointly operated by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), which unite to form the Electrical Connection. 

Levin succeeds Dennis Gralike, who recently retired as director after serving in that position for more than 25 years.  Levin has served as a foreman and general foreman on numerous commercial and industrial projects for NECA contractors Guarantee Electrical Co., PayneCrest Electric, Inc. and others.  His experience in complex electrical installations spans healthcare, automotive, aerospace, power generation and other industries. 

Levin has also served on the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee which helps shape the curriculum and guides the selection of apprentices annually.  He has also served as an IBEW Local 1 steward and was elected as a delegate to the 39th IBEW International Convention held in St. Louis in 2016.

Founded in 1941, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center has continuously adapted to evolving technology to deliver highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians to serve the nation’s needs.  Its 78-course curriculum is offered free of charge at no taxpayer expense, allowing apprentices to earn a living with benefits as they learn this critical trade.

IBEW and NECA invest $3 million annually in electrical and telecommunications training for commercial, industrial and residential construction.  The training center features a rooftop solar array and offers training in renewable energy, traditional forms of energy, smart building and smart infrastructure, electric vehicle charging stations, advanced manufacturing, including robotics, data centers and more.

IBEW and NECA partner to form the Electrical Connection, providing safe and reliable commercial, industrial and residential electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. It is an important resource for business and civic leadership for new technology, including disruptive technologies, advancing electrical and communication infrastructure.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

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Urban Land Institute St. Louis Hosting 2021 Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Regional Summit

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Aug. 4-6 Conference Will Focus on Integrating

Gender & Racial Equity in Leadership and Land use

            National real estate leadership will descend on St. Louis this August for the annual Urban Land Institute (ULI) Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Regional Summit.  Hosted by the Urban Land Institute St. Louis (ULI STL), the August 4-6, 2021 event will focus on the integration of gender and racial equity in leadership and land use. The event will be held at the Chase Park Plaza at 212 North Kingshighway Boulevard.  For information on registering, visit https://wlisummit.uli.org.

The three-day summit will examine best practices emerging in creating greater equity in real estate decision making and land use planning. It will include tours of innovative and unique St. Louis area projects that energize more opportunities to create healthy, thriving neighborhoods and also provide attendees with opportunities for small group conversations with industry thought leaders. Among the speakers at the event are:

  • Julie Benezet, principal, Business Growth Consulting, L.L.C. and founder of Amazon’s first real estate department;
  • Erika Brice, investment officer with the Social Investment Practice, The Kresge Foundation;
  • Maxine Clark, Delmar DivINe;
  • Lauren E. Hood, planning practitioner, Institute for AfroUrbanism;
  • Mark Fisher, chief policy officer, Indy Chamber.

While most registrants are selecting to attend in-person, ULI STL is hosting the event in a hybrid fashion, with both virtual and in-person attendance options.  ULI STL hosted the event last year in an exclusively virtual format and the Summit launched in 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. It is expected to move to Indianapolis, Ind. for 2022.

With more than 250 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, visit www.stlouis.uli.org.

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