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Home Builders Association Donates $12,500 to DOORWAYS

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2021 HBA President Bill Wannstedt of Consort Homes (left) presented a $12,500 donation to DOORWAYS’ director of development Jim Timmerberg.

The donation will be used to update the foyer of a building in DOORWAYS’ Family Residential Complex, which houses 86 people, more than half of whom are child dependents. DOORWAYS is the only organization in the St. Louis area whose sole mission is to provide affordable, secure housing and related services for people living with HIV/AIDS. This mission is based on research that demonstrates that stable housing is the primary requisite for the most effective and compassionate treatment, management and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

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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St. Louis CITY Soccer Club Completes Soccer Stadium’s Structural Steel Phase

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New Stadium Begins to Integrate into the St. Louis Skyline While Reaching Another Major Construction Milestone 

The vision for St. Louis CITY SC’s state-of-the-art soccer stadium, surrounding campus and team practice facilities hit another major milestone on Thurs., Aug.12 with the construction team completing the structural steel phase of the Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium project.

The placement of the final steel beam of the stadium’s superstructure by the team’s construction partners – the joint venture of Mortenson | Alberici | L. Keeley (MAKjv) – brings the project one step closer to completion as the stadium begins to integrate into the St. Louis skyline and the growing urban landscape in Downtown West.

To date, more than 5,326 tons, just over 10 million pounds, of steel have been incorporated into the stadium since the first steel column was placed in December of 2020. Fabricated by Hillsdale Fabricators, a division of the St. Louis-based Alberici Constructors, the stadium’s heaviest steel beam weighed in at 76,000 pounds. 

Additionally, the pre-cast phase of the stadium project is now complete and the concrete floors on all of the decks are placed. The project is the result of 900,000 craft hours of work and will surpass the 1 million craft-hour mark this September. The construction team also is currently erecting the highly visible canopy scaffold and continuing to work on the roofing, curtain walls, field lighting, speaker supports and metal panels for the new stadium.

With the completion of the structural steel and pre-cast phases of the project, the next major phase includes exterior enclosure and interior mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and finishes. And later this year, the team is looking forward to celebrating the first seats being anchored within the stadium.

Looking beyond the stadium to the team’s growing footprint south of market, underground utilities and foundation work for the fan pavilion is ongoing, while the early foundation work for the team’s new training complex is nearing completion. Within the next few weeks, the construction team will begin placing structural steel for St. Louis City’s state-of-the-art training facility.

To stay up to date with St. Louis CITY SC stadium developments, visit STLCITYSC.comstlCITYstadium.com and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  

ABOUT ST. LOUIS CITY SC 

St. Louis CITY SC, one of the few majority female-led ownership groups in all of professional sports, was awarded Major League Soccer’s 28th expansion team in 2019. The St. Louis-based ownership group unveiled the club’s crest, logo and branding in 2020 and will take the pitch for their historic, inaugural season in 2023. Currently, St. Louis CITY is constructing an STLMade 22,500-seat world-class soccer-specific stadium, practice facility and team headquarters all within the same urban campus in St. Louis’ Downtown West District to create a 24/7/365 fan experience that is furthering St. Louis continued growth and revitalization. 

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Input PPIs Soar in Year Ending in July; Steel Prices, Lead Times Rise Again, While Lumber Plunges

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Submitted by the AGC

Materials costs continued to outstrip bid prices in the 12 months ending in July despite a recent drop in lumber and copper prices. The producer price index (PPI) for new nonresidential building construction—a measure of the price that contractors say they would charge to build a fixed set of buildings—increased 1.7% from June and 4.4% year-over-year (y/y) since July 2020, while the PPI for material and service inputs to construction industries climbed 0.9% and 25.6%, respectively, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Thursday. Numerous inputs rose at double- and even triple-digit y/y percentage rates. The PPI for steel mill products soared 11% for the month and 109% y/y; diesel fuel, 4.0% and 82%, respectively; lumber and plywood, -16% in July but up 57% y/y; copper and brass mill shapes, -1.4% and 49%, respectively; aluminum mill shapes, 1.5% and 33%; plastic construction products, 4.5% and 27%; gypsum products, 2.6% and 22%; truck transportation of freight, 0.6% and 14%; insulation materials, -0.1% and 12%; and asphalt felt and coatings, 1.1% and 10%. Bid prices, as measured by PPIs for new buildings and subcontractors, have risen at diverse rates. PPIs rose 6.5% y/y for new warehouse building construction, 5.9% for offices, 3.9% for industrial buildings, 3.3% for schools, and 3.2% for health care buildings. PPI increases for new, repair, and maintenance work ranged from 6.2% for roofing contractors to 5.4% for concrete and 3.5% each for electrical and plumbing contractors. AGC posted tables and graphs of construction PPIs.

Numerous price and lead-time increases for steel products have occurred since BLS collected prices for the PPIs around July 11. Nucor Tubular Products announced on Tuesday that it would immediately “increase pricing on all new orders for HSS, pipe, mechanical and piling products” by $125 per ton. Steel Dynamics Sales North America announced on Wednesday that it was immediately raising prices on “selected merchant products” by $20/ton, following a July 30 increase of $50 on structural merchants. On Wednesday a reader forwarded this from a steel deck and joist supplier: “As of today [joists] are delivering September 2022.…We can deliver deck first quarter 2022 as of this week. We are anticipating joist and deck deliveries to be out to 2023 by October of this year.” Readers are invited to send cost and supply-chain information to AGC’s chief economist at ken.simonson@agc.org.

Lumber futures have continued the plunge that began in early May, closing on Thursday at $500 per 1000 board feet, down 34% y/y and down 71% from the peak on May 7. A slowdown in home building and renovation has cut into demand, while sawmills have increased production. However, “Over the past three weeks we’ve seen renewed interest,” Kyle Little, chief operating officer at wholesale distributor Sherwood Lumber told CNBC on Thursday. “Our renewed interest is now turning into actual orders and people placing business here for the second half of this year, most notably in the commercial segment and into the multifamily segment.”

There were 10.1 million job openings, seasonally adjusted, including 339,000 in construction, at the end of June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Monday in its latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) release. Both numbers were the highest in the 21-year history of the series. Construction openings increased 101,000 (42%) y/y. Hires totaled 358,000, a decline of 163,000 (-31%) y/y from June 2020. Layoffs and discharges totaled 184,000, down 7,000 (-3.7%) y/y. Quits totaled 171,000, an increase of 32,000 (23%) y/y. Together, the record-high openings and decline in layoffs suggest the drop in hiring reflects the difficulty contractors are experiencing in filling positions, rather a decreased demand for workers. AGC will report more about these trends based on the 2021 AGC/Autodesk Workforce Survey. Contractor readers are invited to take the survey, which closes tonight.

The rapidly spreading delta variant of covid-19 and accompanying hospitalizations pose several threats to construction, in part due to low vaccination rates among craft workers. Construction research and training organization CPWR has posted data on covid-19 vaccination in construction, based on “a daily online survey distributed to Facebook users by the Delphi Group at Carnegie Melon University through a collaboration with Facebook.” As of July 18, 57% of respondents who list construction and extraction occupations reported being vaccinated, compared to 82% of all other occupations. Conversely, 39% of construction and extraction workers reported hesitancy about getting vaccinated, compared to 16% of all other occupations. These disparities suggest that construction firms may have more difficulty than other industries in fielding a full, healthy workforce and in attracting new workers. This difficulty likely will be exacerbated as governments and private owners increasingly impose vaccination and testing mandates for anyone on their premises. In addition, owners may put projects on hold as businesses and individuals scale back or defer reopening, travel, and other activity. And production of materials and deliveries may slow further if more workers become ill or choose to avoid jobsites that require close contact.

At the end of the second quarter (Q2) of 2021, consultancy Lodging Econometrics (LE) reported on July 26, “the total U.S. [hotel] construction pipeline stands at 4,787 projects/598,111 rooms, down 14% [y/y] by projects from Q2 2020’s 5,582 projects/687,801 rooms. This decline in pipeline totals…is largely a result of projects that were delayed in the under construction phase of the pipeline as a result of covid, now having exited the pipeline and opened. [LE is forecasting] a 2.0% increase in new supply for 2021. 1,008 projects/113,871 rooms are expected to open in 2022, representing a 2.0% increase in new supply for 2022. [For 2023] LE is expecting 997 projects/115,271 rooms to open. This is again a 2.0% increase in new supply.”

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New Law Positions MidAmerica St. Louis Airport to Save Time and Money on Future Construction Projects

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The signing of SB-1232 by Gov. Pritzker this past Friday represents a major win for MidAmerica St. Louis Airport and other commercial service airports in Illinois. The bill amends the Illinois Aeronautics Act, targeting a subsection of the Act known as the Channeling Act. The amendment eliminates a requirement that federal funding for commercial airports with 10,000 annual enplanements (with the exception of O’Hare and Midway International Airports in Chicago) must go to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s aeronautics division to be distributed to the airports across the state. The new law enables the commercial airports to directly receive and spend the federal money awarded to them by the FAA, dramatically streamlining the process and delivering a host of benefits for the airports and their surrounding communities.

“As we continue to grow, this amendment will enable us accelerate future projects, put local contractors to work faster, and provide an even better travel experience for passengers traveling through MidAmerica Airport,” said Mark Kern, Chairman of St. Clair County, which is home to MidAmerica Airport. “It’s great news for Illinois Airports, and we applaud our state legislators for their unanimous support that helped to secure passage of SB-1232.

“The SB-1232 legislation will significantly reduce the time it takes for FAA grant monies to be applied to airport projects and subsequent reimbursement of those funds to the airport sponsors,” said Bryan Johnson, director of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. “Essentially, SB-1232 cuts out the unnecessary middleman – in this case the State of Illinois – and will save time and untold dollars for MidAmerica and the many other commercial service airports in the state.

When the law goes into effect on January 1, 2022, IDOT will no longer have to approve all planning, construction, development and improvements for vertical facilities such as terminal buildings and hangars at the impacted airports, allowing the individual airports to manage those steps in the funding process themselves and eliminating significant delays that occurred under the existing Act. According the Illinois Airports Council, those delays became abundantly clear during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the CARES Act designated millions of emergency funding to airports. While neighboring states received their funds in just a matter of days, Illinois airports waited nearly six months. The council notes the delay was a direct result of the Channeling Act’s language.

With more than 340,000 travelers projected to fly through MidAmerica in 2021, the airport is already in the midst of an expansion that will double its size by 2023. Roughly $13 million in federal funding is supporting that project, and while it won’t be impacted by the new law as the project originated prior to its passage, all future Airport Improvement Program (AIP) projects beginning in FY2022 will benefit from this change. Among the upcoming AIP projects that could benefit are runway and taxiway improvements, roadway widening/rehabilitation, tree obstruction removal and new snow removal equipment and associated building, to name just a few.

State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) was the chief sponsor of SB-1232, and joining him as sponsors in the Senate were Steve Stadelman, Dale Fowler, Neil Anderson, David Koehler, Steve McClure and Rachelle Crowe.  House Sponsors include Michael Halpin, Mike Murphy, Maurice A. West, II, Tony McCombie, Jay Hoffman, Lance Yednock, Dave Vella, LaToya Greenwood, Martin J. Moylan and Natalie A. Manley

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is located in Mascoutah, Illinois, in the eastern portion of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Passenger service to almost a dozen different destinations is offered by Allegiant. Major multimodal rail and inland port centers are located within 22 miles of the airport, which also enjoys easy access to five interstate highways via I-64.  With parallel runways of 8,000 and 10,000 feet, the airport can handle simultaneous take-offs and landings in all conditions, minimizing delays.  It has an annual capacity of 200,000 operations. Tenants include Boeing, which has a manufacturing facility at the airport; North Bay Produce, an international, grower-owned, year-round, fresh produce marketing and distribution cooperative headquartered in Traverse City, Mich., as well as AVMATS, a company providing alternatives for the support and maintenance of corporate aircraft, which has been operating at MidAmerica for many years. MidAmerica is a Joint Use Airport partnering with Scott AFB, the home to US Transportation Command, a multi service organization, and Air Mobility Command, the USAF’s component command for airlift.  MidAmerica and the 375th Air Mobility Wing operate Scott AFB/MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. 

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16TH Annual CREW Networking Awards

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) will recognize members at its 16th Annual Networking Awards. In addition, Carolyn Kindle Betz will receive the organization’s sixth annual Woman of Influence Award. Kindle Betz will be honored for her efforts to bring a professional soccer team to St. Louis and construction of a 22,500-seat stadium downtown, along with her service to the region.

This event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 6th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. At La Verona at the Marketplace, 4925 Daggett Avenue | St. Louis, MO 63110. The price for CREW members is $75. Non-members pay $90 | Tables of 8, $600

Registration:  https://crewstl.org/events/special-events/2021-08-26-annual-awards

This year’s honorees and their respective awards are:

Woman of Influence: Carolyn Kindle Betz, CEO of St. Louis City SC and President of Enterprise Holdings Foundation

New Member of the Year: Addie Bunting, Business Development Manager, Wies Drywall and Construction Corp.

Leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Adrienne Bain, Executive, Citizens Bank and B Squared Group

Economic Impact: St. Louis Union Station with several CREW-St. Louis members playing a pivotal role in the project:

  • Tracy Howren, Senior Vice President, UMB Bank
  • Lisa Morrison, Senior Associate, Lawrence Group
  • Erin Valentine, Vice President of Business Development, McCarthy Building Cos.
  • Valerie Gaadt, Account Executive, Midwest Elevator Co.
  • Abigail Kepple, President-Tax Credit Services, Enterprise Bank & Trust
  • Chrissy Maurer, AVP Relationship Manager, Enterprise Bank & Trust

Impact: Nancy Rodney, Project Manager, Rosemann & Associates P.C.

Career Advancement for Women: Molly Studer, Senior Vice President, Gershman Commercial Real Estate

The program will highlight the contributions of this year’s award recipients. Additionally, the event will recognize the 2020 honorees since a formal ceremony was cancelled last year due to Covid 19.

About CREW-St. Louis

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. The mission of CREW-St. Louis is to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. CREW Network exists to transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. It does this by looking outward to bring more women into the industry, showcasing member successes and serving as a key resource to its members and the industry. CREW Network members represent nearly all disciplines of commercial real estate – every type of expert required to “do the deal.” Members comprise more than 12,000 commercial real estate professionals. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

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Construction Employment Edges Higher in July; Wage Premium Shrinks; AGC Updates Cost Alert

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Construction employment, seasonally adjusted, totaled 7,421,000 in July, a gain of 11,000 from June, following three-straight monthly declines in the past five months, according to AGC’s analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data posted on Friday. The July total was 227,000 (-3.0%) below the pre-pandemic peak in February 2020. The gap widened between residential and nonresidential employment gains. Residential construction employment, comprising residential building and residential specialty trade contractors, increased by 8,300 in July, putting the total 59,000 (2.0%) higher than in February 2020.

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IFMA St. Louis Supports Cool Down St. Louis

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Organization helps those in need stay cool during region’s torrid summers

The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association donated $1,000 to Cool Down St. Louis. The nonprofit organization builds awareness and provides resources to help those in need avoid heat-related illnesses and deaths, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children.

Representing facility managers and suppliers who maintain the region’s commercial buildings, the organization donated $1,000 to Cool Down St. Louis during IFMA St. Louis’ celebration of National FM Day in July. IFMA St. Louis President Dave Gardin and Past President Scott Held presented the check to Dennis Jenkerson, chief of the St. Louis Fire Department and board member of Heat-up/Cool Down St. Louis.

IFMA St. Louis also funds the organization’s Heat Up St. Louis, which provides services and support to keep residents warm during the region’s winter months. IFMA St. Louis has supported the weather-related assistance programs during the winter and summer for the past seven years. More than 300,000 area residents have received energy assistance since the programs’ inception in 2000.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has nearly 200 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities. IFMA members also value their membership to build their careers, seek counsel and advice from other facility management professionals, access a variety of resources and achieve professional certification. Represented in 142 chapters and 16 councils worldwide, IFMA members manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $526 billion in products and services. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.

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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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