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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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Tarlton Named 2021 Contractor of the Year by American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council

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Honor reflects core values that translate to successful collaborations in construction

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, was named 2021 Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council at the organization’s 28th Annual Awards Gala on June 25. Year after year, Tarlton is among the finalists for the honor, voted on by members of the ASA Midwest Council. 

“The 2021 ASA Contractor of the Year recognition means that our important partners in the subcontracting community believe that Tarlton is a great general contractor to work with on successful projects,” said John Doerr, executive vice president, Tarlton Corp. “We strive to help our partners work safely, collaborate effectively and be profitable. When they work for Tarlton, they know they are treated fairly. It is proof that our many Tarlton teams are exhibiting the core values of our company.”

Also at the awards gala, Tarlton Superintendent Steve Moore was recognized as 2021 ASA Field Person of the Year. Moore has played an integral role as construction superintendent on hundreds of Tarlton projects in his nearly 50 years with the company.

Moore has been a valued member of teams completing wide-ranging projects on the BJC HealthCare and Washington University medical campuses, including the Core Apartment Residences and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Central Production Kitchen. Earlier in his career, he worked on Tarlton’s installation of 110 Ameren Missouri transmission tower foundations along Interstates 44 and 170, and the renovation of Plaza Frontenac. He also has worked for Bayer/Monsanto, Pfizer Inc., the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Moog Center for Deaf Education, The Muny and Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Moore served as superintendent for the construction of Tarlton’s TEAM facility – the equipment and maintenance building next to its corporate headquarters at 5500 West Park Ave. in St. Louis. 

The American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council is a construction trade association of specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community. Situated in south St. Louis County, Missouri, the nonprofit organization’s purpose is to improve the construction process through education, advocacy, and collaboration.

The ASA Midwest Council is a charter member of the American Subcontractors Association, a national nonprofit membership trade association of construction specialty trade contractors, suppliers and service providers in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1966 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the ASA charters local chapters and state organizations to promote the rights and interests of subcontractors, specialty contractors and suppliers by building strength in community through education, advocacy, networking and professional growth.

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ASA Midwest Council Celebrates Friday Night Lights Gala Nominees & Winners on June 25, 2021

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The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council announced the winners of its Friday Night Lights Awards Gala, June 25th, 2021. ASA Midwest Council hosted 364 people, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown St. Louis, for the 28th annual event. The award categories included General Contractor of the Year, Outstanding MEP Subcontractors, Outstanding Specialty Subcontractors, and Service Provider/Supplier of the Year. The ASA Legacy Award, and GC Field & Office Employees of the Year, were also recognized at the gala. The ASA Midwest Council awarded special safety awards to qualifying ASA members who have achieved work safety excellence in 2020, as well as an overall safety cup award given to one ASA member company.

2021 General Contractor of the Year

Category A – Tarlton Corporation

Category B – McGrath & Associates

Category C – Eagan Building Group

2021 Outstanding MEP Subcontractor

Category A – Murphy Company

Category B – Aschinger Electric

2021 Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor

Category A – Flooring Systems, Inc.

Category B – Golterman & Sabo

2021 Service Provider/Supplier of the Year: NuWay

ASA Legacy Award: Tom McDonnell, George McDonnell & Sons

GC Field Employee of the Year Steve Moore, Tarlton Corporation

GC Office Employee of the Year Brad Davis, Musick Construction

2020 ASA Safety Cup Aschinger Electric

2020 Safety Award Winners

Division I – Murphy Company

Division II – Vee-Jay Cement Co.

Division III – Bell Electrical Contractors

Division IV – BAZAN Painting Co.

Division V – Hayden Wrecking

Division VI – George McDonnell & Sons

“After what we’ve been through the last 18 months, the awards gala had a different air about it this year. More than ever, everyone was in a great mood and so happy just to be out and see each other. It was really special.” said ASA-Midwest Council President, Richard Russell , with Sachs Electric. “I would like to congratulate all of this years’ nominees and award winners for a job well done. Also, I’d like to thank everyone for their unwavering support for the ASA Midwest Council. The awards are a testament to how blessed we all are to have so many exceptional general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and associated service providers in our region.”

General contractors were nominated based on bid ethics practice, equitable contract/purchase order provisions, safety policy and practices, payment practices, jobsite supervision, scheduling coordination, subcontractor/vendor relations and administrative procedures/paperwork. Sub-contractors were judged on bid ethics and practice, safety policy and practices, jobsite supervision, communication, scheduling coordination, project relations, administrative procedures/paperwork and quality workmanship. The vendor/suppliers were nominated based on pricing consistency, equitable contract/purchase order provisions, accessibility, timeliness of service/delivery, customer relations and administrative procedures.

The general contractor and subcontractor categories were divided into sub-categories based on sales volume. ASA members nominated and cast votes for the general contractor and service provider/ supplier awards. Past nominees and previous general contractor award winners submitted nominations for the subcontractor categories, which were voted on by previous general contractor winners.

About American Subcontractors Association – Midwest Council The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois, for the past 54 years. The 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 www.asamidwest.com or contact executive director Susan Winkelmann at 314-845-0855. ASA Midwest Council – Building. Community. for 54 years. Est. 1967

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Construction jobs in May lag pre-pandemic peak in 42 states; AGC issues new Inflation Alert

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Submitted by the AGC

Seasonally adjusted construction employment in May trailed the February 2020 level in 42 states and the District of Columbia and exceeded it in 8 states, according to AGC’s analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data posted on Friday. (February 2020 was the month in which employment peaked nationally before plunging during widespread shutdowns in March and April 2020.) Texas lost the most construction jobs since February 2020 (-49,100 jobs or -6.3%), followed by New York (-45,200, -11%), California (-30,400, -3.4%), Louisiana (-20,700, 15%), and New Jersey (-16,600, -10%). Wyoming recorded the largest percentage loss (-15%, -3,500 jobs), followed by Louisiana, New York, and New Jersey. Utah added the most jobs (5,000, 4.4%), followed by Idaho (3,400, 6.2%), South Dakota (1,200, 5%), South Carolina (1,100 1.0%), and Washington (1,000, 0.5%). Idaho added the highest percentage, followed by South Dakota, Utah, Rhode Island (2.5%, 500), and South Carolina. For the month, construction employment declined in 40 states and D.C, increased in 8 states, and held steady in Utah and Colorado. Florida added the most construction jobs from April to May (3,700, 0.7%), followed by Michigan (1,600, 0.9%), Minnesota (1,200, 1.0%), Oklahoma (1,000, 1.3%), and Oregon (900, 0.8%). Oklahoma had the largest monthly percentage increase, followed by Minnesota, Michigan, Oregon, and Florida. New York lost the most construction jobs for the month (-5,900, -1.6%), followed by Illinois (-5,600, -2.5%), Georgia (-2,700, -1.3%), and Washington (-2,600, -1.2%). Vermont had the largest percentage loss (-4.0%, -600 jobs), followed by Maine (-3.6%, -1,100 jobs) and Delaware (-3.0%, -700). (BLS reports combined totals for mining, logging, and construction in D.C., Delaware and Hawaii. Because there are few, if any, mining and logging jobs in these locations, AGC treats the levels and changes as solely construction employment.)

Materials cost increases and supply-chain delays continue to plague the industry. Today, AGC posted a third edition of its Construction Inflation Alert, a document to help owners, officials, and others understand the problems and ways to mitigate it.

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached its highest level since 2006 in May, with a reading of 58.5, up from 57.9 in April, the American Institute of Architects reported on Wednesday. AIA says, “The ABI serves as a leading economic indicator that leads nonresidential construction activity by approximately 9-12 months.” The ABI is derived from the share of responding architecture firms that report a gain in billings over the previous month less the share reporting a decline in billings, presented on a 0-to-100 scale. Any score above 50 means that firms with increased billings outnumbered firms with decreased billings. Scores by practice specialty (based on three-month moving averages) topped 50 for the fourth time in a row: commercial/industrial, 60.6 (the highest since the ABI began in 1995 and up from 58.3 in April); multifamily residential, 59.5 (a 16-year high, up from 58.5); mixed practice, 57.9 (highest since 2007 and up from 56.5); and institutional, 57.1 (highest since 2007 and up from 56.8). A similar index for new design contracts, begun in 2010, reached its second consecutive record high with a score of 63.2.

“The latest obstacle hitting global shipping is likely to jolt trade flows for several more weeks,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. “Shipping executives say around 50 container ships remain backed up around the Yantian port in Southern China and that some 350,000 loaded containers are stacked up on docks as the major gateway for China goods heading to Western nations struggles to recover from a Covid-19 outbreak that disrupted operations there….Ship backups are still hobbling transport through California’s ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which make up the biggest gateway in the U.S. for Asia imports. A bottleneck offshore has eased since the first quarter…But shipping companies and their customers report growing delays in getting goods moved inland because of congestion and freight equipment shortages.”

Steel prices and lead times are climbing again. Regarding steel plate, a reader reported on Wednesday, “Nucor just announced $120 [per hundredweight (cwt)] increase today. SSAB announced $100 cwt on Monday AND another $50 cwt today.” Readers are invited to send cost and supply-chain information to ken.simonson@agc.org. Trade publication Fastmarkets AMM reported on June 16, “Fastmarkets’ monthly assessment for steel wire rod (low carbon) industrial quality, FOB mill US was $53-55 per cwt ($1,060-1,100 per ton) on Tuesday, June 15, up by 8% from $49-51 per cwt on May 18 and its highest since the assessment stood at $54 per cwt in early November 2008.…Prices have been pushed higher for industrial quality wire rod over the past month, driven in part by higher scrap prices and by a tightening of supply due to outages at the Cascade Steel Rolling Mill in McMinnville, Oregon, and the Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel mill in Pueblo, Colorado, as well as an upcoming planned outage at Optimus Steel’s operations in Beaumont, Texas, according to market participants. The upward pressure on prices is being reflected in sharply higher prices for imports, when they are available, because there has been so little domestic production available outside allocation agreements with regular users, according to a trader….For regular customers on allocation, lead times were reported at four to six weeks; for others, lead times stretched from 90-120 days.”

Natural-gas futures closed on Wednesday at $3.33 per million British thermal units, double the year-ago level and the highest price headed into summer since 2017. “Analysts expect prices to be even higher later in the year when it is time to fire up furnaces,” the Journal reported on Monday “Besides being burned to generate electricity and for hot showers and cooking, natural gas is consumed in large volumes to make plastic, fertilizer, steel and cement.”

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