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Employment Jumps in January; Spending Climbs in 2019 but Dips in December

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Submitted by the Associated General Contractors Assn.

Nonfarm payroll employment in January increased by 225,000, seasonally adjusted, from December and by 2,052,000 (1.4%) year-over-year (y/y) from January 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Friday. The unemployment rate ticked up to 3.6% from December’s level of 3.5%. Construction employment in January totaled 7,594,000, an increase of 44,000 for the month and 142,000 (1.9%) over 12 months. The monthly increase was the largest in a year but may have been aided by unseasonably mild January weather in the much of the nation. The total was the highest since August 2007. Average hourly earnings in construction rose 2.9% y/y to $31.11, 9.7% above the average for all private-sector employees ($28.44, a 3.1% y/y increase). The unemployment rate in construction, not seasonally adjusted, declined from 6.4% in January 2019 to 5.4%, and the number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience fell from 638,000 to 515,000—the lowest January levels in the 21-year history of both series. (Not-seasonally-adjusted levels vary with normal weather and holiday patterns and thus may not accurately show month-to-month economic trends.)

 

Construction spending totaled $1.328 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in December, a dip of 0.2% from the upwardly revised November rate but an increase of 5.0% y/y from December 2018, the Census Bureau reported on February 3. Private residential spending increased 1.4% for the month and 5.5% y/y. New single-family construction climbed for the sixth consecutive month, by 2.7% from November to December and gained 5.2% y/y. New multifamily construction sank 1.8% for the month and 7.1% y/y. Residential improvements rose 0.5% for the month and 11% y/y. Private nonresidential spending declined 1.8% from November and 0.1% y/y. Of the four largest components, power gained 5.6% y/y (comprising electric power, up 4.5%, and oil and gas pipelines and field structures, up 9.6%); commercial, -4.0% (comprising retail, -13%, and warehouse, 5.3%); manufacturing, 5.8%; and office, 4.1%. Public construction slipped 0.4% for the month but jumped 12% y/y, with double-digit y/y gains in most segments. The three largest public segments all had y/y increases: highway and street construction, 14%; education construction, 4.1%; and transportation (air, transit, rail and port) construction, 13%. Total spending in 2019 was 0.3% lower than in 2018. Private residential spending declined 4.7% for the year, private nonresidential spending was flat, and public construction spending increased 7.1%.

 

Construction employment, not seasonally adjusted, increased between December 2018 and December 2019 in 211 (59%) of the 358 metro areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which BLS provides construction employment data, fell in 73 (20%) and was unchanged in 74, according to an analysis AGC released on Wednesday. (BLS combines mining and logging with construction in most metros to avoid disclosing data about industries with few employers.) The largest gain again occurred in the Dallas-Plano-Irving division (16,700 combined jobs, 11%), followed by the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale division (12,300 construction jobs, 8%); Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise (9,400 construction jobs, 14%) and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (9,300 construction jobs, 4%). The largest percentage increase occurred in Kansas City, Mo. (17%, 4,800 combined jobs), followed by Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa (16%, 4,500 combined jobs); Rochester, N.Y. (15% 3,000 combined jobs); Auburn-Opelika, Ala. (15%, 400 combined jobs) and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise. The largest job loss again occurred in New York City (-4,500 combined jobs, -3%), followed by Northern Virginia (-2,900 combined jobs, -4%) and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. (-2,600 construction jobs, -3%). The largest percentage loss occurred in Fairbanks, Alaska (-12%, -1,300 construction jobs), followed by Longview, Texas (-10%, -1,400 combined jobs) and Wichita Falls, Texas (-10%, -300 combined jobs). Construction employment reached a record high for December in 71 metros (dating back in most areas to 1990) and a record December low in four areas.

 

Construction data provider Dodge Data & Analytics reported on Friday that its momentum index decreased 2.7% from December to January, “snapping a four-month streak of gains. 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 the overall Momentum Index was the result of an 11.0% drop in the institutional component, more than offsetting a 2.7% gain in the commercial component….The institutional component was down 7.4% [y/y] while the commercial component was 17.4% higher than a year ago. These conflicting trends pushed the overall Momentum Index up 7.1% from January 2019.”

 

On February 3, analyst Noelle Dilts of investment firm Stifel posted a commentary on telecommunications companies’ investment plans, noting, “Verizon continues to move aggressively with its One Fiber deployment. On the wireless side, the big question remains: when do full-scale, 5G-related deployments begin in earnest? This remains difficult to pinpoint. We expect 2020 to be a growth year for wireless, though spending is likely to be back-half weighted. Overall, we continue to believe that the fiber upgrade of wireline infrastructure in the U.S. and the 5G upgrade cycle represent significant, multi-year opportunity for the contractors.”

Electrical Connection supports the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

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By this spring, a very special home will emerge from the ground in O’Fallon, Mo. to help support the kids served by the renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.  The amenity-laden St. Jude Dream Home is being built with the support of the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.  NECA contractor Grasser Electric, the Electrical Connection and IBEW are donating services and materials for the construction of the luxury home which is being built by Payne Family Homes.

“Our IBEW/NECA partners are called upon to skillfully install electrical systems and fixtures in countless homes in our region, but the St. Jude Dream Home has a far reaching impact,” said Dave Roth, IBEW business representative.  “This community giving initiative advances St. Jude’s critical research and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.” According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, families never receive a bill for treatment, travel housing or food – because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

This is the seventh St. Jude Dream Home built by Payne Family Homes with the help of IBEW/NECA.  Grasser Electric has donated services to build five of those homes.  The seven-year-long charitable endeavor has raised more than $6.1 million locally for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“We are grateful to all of our vendors and partners like the Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership who donate skills and services to deliver outstanding luxury living, optimizing the value of the St. Jude Dream Home giveaway” said Dawn Walter, director of marketing, Payne Family Homes.

The 2020 St. Jude Dream Home broke ground on January 30, 2020 at 318 Old Forester Drive in Payne Family Homes’ Legends Pointe subdivision.   The 1.5-story, 4,100 square-foot-home will feature a number of amenities including a home cinema and security system, four bedrooms and 4.5 baths, plus a three-sided sculptural fireplace, interior stone wall, spacious loft area, cozy reading nook and more.

Tickets to win the home can be reserved beginning June 11 for $100 each, and only 11,500 will be sold. The St. Jude Dream Home will be open to the public for free tours beginning with the grand opening on Saturday, July 11. Tours will continue on Saturdays from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sundays Noon until 5:00 pm until August 16. The winner of the home will be drawn on August 20, 2020.

For more information about the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home, call or text 314-477-1218 or visit the St. Jude Dream Home page at www.paynefamilyhome.com to join the VIP list for updates and more info.

The 2019 St. Jude Dream Home, which was also built with donated services from the Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership earned numerous honors. It was recognized at the annual St. Jude Dream Home Builder Summit in Memphis as one of the best in the country, winning awards for Best Master Suite, Best Special Features, and Zero Hero. Zero Hero is a title exclusively awarded to builders that deliver a 100% donated home to the fundraising effort. Payne Family Homes has received the title Zero Hero every year it has participated in the Dream Home Giveaway campaign.

Established as one of the Payne Family of companies in 2007, Payne Family Homes has quickly risen to be the St. Louis metro region’s second fastest-growing homebuilder and recently was named one of the area’s fastest growing companies by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit www.paynefamilyhomes.com  or call 314-477-1218.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership more than 5,000 highly skilled and safe IBEW electricians and the more than 150 NECA electrical contractors who employ them.  For more than 75 years, the partnership has trained more electricians/communication technicians than any education program in Missouri. Its award-winning work provides safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

Home Builders Association Donates More Than $10,000 to St. Vincent Home for Children

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), Immediate Past HBA President John Suelthaus of Kingbridge Homes (left) and HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (left) presented a $10,699 donation to Dr. Courtney M Graves, chief clinical officer for St. Vincent Home for Children, and Michael Meyer, chief development officer for St. Vincent.

The donation will be used to replace flooring in a residential unit that is worn and deteriorating. St. Vincent Home for Children’s mission is to provide love, security and professional treatment for troubled children and their families through a fully integrated program of services. On-site residential and home-based programs are tailored for the various levels of support that the kids need and are created to be seamless, so that children and families have as much support as they need for as long as they need it.

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.

Construction Underway for 2020 St. Jude Dream Home

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Payne Family Homes kicked off construction on the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with an early morning groundbreaking celebration Thursday, January 30 at Legends Pointe in O’Fallon. The homebuilder, one of St. Louis’ largest, has been leading the annual St. Jude Dream Home effort since 2014, raising over $6.1 million to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This world renowned hospital helps battle childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Patient families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

We are thrilled – for the seventh consecutive year – to again be building the St. Jude Dream Home,” says Eva Fryar, vice president of construction operations at Payne Family Homes. “Having seen firsthand the incredible work, leading edge research, and compassionate care offered by St. Jude to children from around the world battling life-threatening diseases, all of us on Team Payne are eager to continue helping the children and families served by St. Jude.”

Payne and St. Jude representatives were joined by its generous trade partners and sponsors from around the region who volunteer materials, labor, and time to help build the St. Jude Dream Home at no cost. Last year, 100s of vendor volunteers worked nearly around the clock, giving up weekends and holidays to help construct the most-visited St. Jude Dream Home in St. Louis campaign history. The 2019 St. Jude Dream Home was recognized at the annual St. Jude Dream Home Builder Summit in Memphis as one of the best in the country, winning awards for Best Master Suite, Best Special Features, and Zero Hero. Zero Hero is a title exclusively awarded to builders that deliver a 100% donated home to the fundraising effort. Payne Family Homes has received the title Zero Hero every year it has participated in the Dream Home Giveaway campaign.

National sponsors of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway campaign include BrizoTraneShaw Floors, and Bosch Appliances.

The 2020 St. Jude Dream Home, is a 4,100 sq. ft. total finished area 1.5 story modeled after Payne Family Homes’ all-new Adelaide II floor plan. The home will feature 4 bedrooms and 4 and a half baths, plus a 3-sided sculptural fireplace, interior stone wall, spacious loft area, cozy reading nook, home cinema, and more. Tickets can be reserved beginning June 11 for $100 each, and only 11,500 will be sold. The St. Jude Dream Home will be open to the public for free tours beginning with the grand opening on Saturday, July 11. Tours will continue on Saturdays from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sundays Noon until 5:00 pm until August 16. One lucky ticket holder will be awarded the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home live on-air at FOX2 KTVI on August 20, 2020.

For more information about the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home, call or text 314-477-1218 or visit the St. Jude Dream Home page at www.paynefamilyhome.com to join the VIP list for updates and more info.

The 2020 Dream Home address is:

318 Old Forester Drive

Behind Aldi at the Intersection of Hwy N and Hawk Ridge Trail

LEGENDS POINTE

O’Fallon, MO 63367

Established as one of the Payne Family of companies in 2007, Payne Family Homes has quickly risen to be the St. Louis metro region’s second fastest-growing homebuilder and recently was named one of the area’s fastest growing companies by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit www.paynefamilyhomes.com  or call 314-477-1218.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

Extender Legislation Offers Energy-Efficiency Deduction, Mueller Prost CPA Says

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

Mueller Prost CPA, Partner and Director of Real Estate and Construction Teri Samples (photo above) says end-of-year extender legislation, signed Dec. 20, has extended the opportunity for construction project owners and partners to gain a tax deduction and accelerated depreciation specific to energy efficiency.

At Mueller Prost’s “”Foundations for Success: What to Expect in Real Estate and Construction in 2020” event last week, Samples articulated the details of IRS Code Section 179-D, which offers a $1.80-per-square-foot deduction to project owners, contractors, subs, engineers and designers if they meet certain criteria with regard to new construction or improvements in three components: lighting, HVAC or the building envelope.

“Up to 60 cents per component is eligible for a deduction,” said Samples. “The firm needs to meet 50 percent energy efficiency above the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) standard of 90.1-2007,” she added, noting that has been the standard to meet minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of most commercial buildings.

Any buildings that have been built or improved from 2006 to the end of calendar 2020 are eligible. The applicant may combine this deduction with a cost segregation study for additional benefits and even shorter depreciation, according to Samples. Companies do not need to file an amended return in order to apply for the deduction, she says, but rather just claim missed deductions in the current year by completing and filing IRS Form 3115.

If the energy-efficient project belongs to a public entity (such as a government building or a school), because that entity does not pay federal income taxes, it may allocate the 179-D deduction to the project partners who performed the work – such as design and engineering firms. “In that situation, the (government) organization would have to amend its tax return and their window of opportunity is shorter…but they are able to go back three years,” Samples said.

St. Clair County Transit District Board Approves $29.6M SCCTD Transit Vision 2020 Network Plan

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Plan features changes to 18 MetroBus routes, 15 of which will be implemented in June to better serve riders

 The St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) Board has voted to approve the adoption of the SCCTD Transit Vision 2020 Network Plan, featuring increased frequency on certain routes, expansion of service on weekends and improved service to area hospitals. The plan was presented at SCCTD’s board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, based on findings and analysis from Transit Vision 2020, a nine-month comprehensive study of the entire MetroBus system in St. Clair County. As part of the plan’s approval, the board also adopted a $29.6 million operating budget, an increase of 18.7 percent – or $4.7 million – over the prior year. As part of the plan, 18 MetroBus routes will be changed to better serve riders and increase ridership, with 15 of the route changes going into effect on June 15, 2020.

The SCCTD Transit Vision 2020 Network Plan was developed by Transportation Management Design, which conducted the initial study, in conjunction with SCCTD and Bi-State. The study reflects a 12% growth in ridership over the next one or two years.  The plan maintains coverage in key areas and invests resources efficiently where new coverage is warranted. There were numerous opportunities for community engagement throughout the process including an online survey, pop-up events and stakeholder meetings touching more than 1,500 riders, residents and business owners.  Highlights include increased frequency of several routes, including Route 1, East St Louis to Belleville, and Route 12, O’Fallon – Fairview Heights, all of which will operate every 15 minutes. The study showed that 60 percent of current customers will be within a quarter mile of these frequent routes, and 64 percent are located within a half-mile. Every other route, except two, will operate consistently every 20 or 30 minutes on weekdays. Most weekend routes will also operate every 20 or 30 minutes during daytime hours.

A new route will be added to connect Memorial Hospital East and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital via the Frank Scott Parkway. A new #3 route will also create connections between East St. Louis and employment centers in Sauget, Cahokia and North Dupo. Two routes will either be discontinued or replaced to streamline service to better serve customers. There will be new options for the riders impacted on these routes.

The plan also calls for continuing the SCCTD Flyer on-demand service in East St. Louis and extending its coverage zone into Alorton and the Golden Gardens neighborhood of Centerville. Route 21, the Scott AFB-Main Base Shuttle, and Route 21x, Scott AFB-East Base Shuttle will also be replaced with the on-demand service. SCCTD and Bi-State will defer changes to Scott Air force Base, Mascoutah and Lebanon until late 2020 or early 2021.

“St. Clair County Transit District began reviewing and analyzing the current 18 fixed bus routes last June,” said Herb Simmons, Chair of the St. Clair County Transit District Board. “Since the last comprehensive plan was completed more than two decades ago, employment centers have developed in new areas and new housing stock has been added in outlying communities. SCCTD has an ongoing commitment to serve traditional communities reliant upon public transportation and is focused on serving employment, medical, education and recreation centers. The changes in this plan reflect those values.”

Projected annual operating costs for the SCCTD Transit Vision 2020 Network Plan are $29.6 million. This new investment in service has the potential to grow ridership by as much as 12 percent annually over the next one to two years.

“Although there will be some elimination of two routes that are not as productive along with the addition of two new routes, the new plan calls for an additional $4.7 million in service by expanding weekend operating hours and offering some later evening hours,” said SCCTD Managing Director Ken Sharkey. “With the new routes planned for the service area and the addition of mobility on demand zones with our Flyer service, ridership is projected to grow, reversing a four-year decline. We will continually be tweaking the plan to ensure the best service possible in St. Clair County.”

For more information about the SCCTD Transit Vision 2020 Network Plan or to view the planned route changes, visit www.scctd.org. 

Founded in 1981, St. Clair County Transit District oversees 11 MetroLink stations and 18 bus routes in St. Clair County, IL.  If commuters have any questions about service, they can contact (618) 628-8090 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.  For more information visit www.scctd.org.

IBEW Local 1 Hosts 2020 USGBC State of the Chapter Meeting

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Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1, George Fujii, BSI Constructors, Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection, Joe Abernathy, vice president, facility planning and engineering, St. Louis Cardinals.

It has been a momentous first two decades of the millennium for advocates of greater energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment.  LED lighting, solar  and renewable forms of energy, smart buildings, smart cities and smart infrastructure including electric vehicle charging stations are just a few of the innovations that blossomed over the past 20 years.  That served as the backdrop as IBEW Local 1 hosted the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Missouri Gateway Chapter’s State of the Chapter event on Jan 23, 2020.

Tim Green, Electrical Connection; Emily Martin, Aschinger Electric, Erik Lueders, director of sustainability and purchasing, Parkway School District, Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1; Jim Curran, Electrical Connection, Bob Kaemmerlen, president, Kaemmerlen Electric.

Since the USGBC launched the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in 1999 more than 300 buildings in St. Louis have achieved LEED certification.  “Our USGBC membership also continues to drive innovation, including the Living Building Challenge which strives for net-zero water, waste and energy in structures, the WELL Building Standard which aims to improve the health and wellness of building occupants and our Better Buildings Through Benchmarking initiative which encourages deeper energy efficiency in existing buildings,” said Emily Andrews, executive director, USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter.  “As green design and construction has evolved, we’ve had great supportive partners like IBEW and its Electrical Connection partnership with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).”

Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1

“LEED energized a new way of thinking about the environmental impact of what we build and innovations in greater energy efficiency,” noted Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “That, in turn, spurred the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center to adapt its program to develop the skills needed to engineer and build renewable forms of energy and all types of smart infrastructure.”

Bob Kaemmerlen, Kaemmerlen Electric; Angela Moore, US Green Building Council (USBGC) – Missouri Gateway Chapter board chair; Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1; Emily Andrews, executive director, USGBC; Emily Martin, Aschinger Electric; Jim Curran, Electrical Connection.

Jacobs noted that IBEW/NECA played an instrumental role in developing a national curriculum for electric vehicle charging stations.  It is also is a strong advocate for the next generation human-centric LED lighting which delivers better color and visual acuity and healthier circadian rhythm.  Last year, the Electrical Connection donated services to install human-centric lighting in three St. Louis Public Schools in partnership with PLANLED, Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation.

“At the start of the millennium 20 years ago, we had just completed a $1 million upgrade to our training center to meet the ever advancing needs of the information age, including digital technology and voice/data/video,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1. “As LEED and other green design initiatives developed, we continued to invest to create a highly adaptable learning laboratory, including a rooftop solar array.”

“We appreciate the Electrical Connection and IBEW/NECA’s leadership in not only delivering the skills needed to build the innovations driving greater energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment, but they have also been a strong advocates of these innovations,” said Andrews, executive director, USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter. “It is also great to have our state of the chapter meeting in IBEW’s newly renovated historic union hall, which is a showcase for energy efficiency.”

The 40,000-square-foot union hall at 5850 Elizabeth Ave. is on the National Register of Historic Places for modern design.  Renovations have included a solar array topping a parking lot canopy over electric vehicle charging stations.  It also features other cost saving systems, including a new HVAC system, a white roof and new windows and water efficient fixtures.

Andrews unveiled the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Education Calendar for 2020, which is focusing on three themes: A Just & Equitable EnvironmentClimate Solutions: Addressing Urgency & Taking Action; and Resilience & Innovative Recovery. The February 11, 2020 program will feature Lisa Conway, the vice president of sustainability for Interface.  For more information on programming visit www.usgbc-mogateway.org.

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  It represents more than 5,000 highly skilled and safe IBEW electricians and the more than 150 NECA electrical contractors who employ them.  For more than 75 years, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership has trained more electricians/communication technicians than any education program in Missouri. Its award winning work provides safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

Above Photos: 

EC-BSI – Left to right, Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1, George Fujii, BSI Constructors, Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection, Joe Abernathy, vice president, facility planning and engineering, St. Louis Cardinals.

  • EC-Parkway – Left to right, Tim Green, Electrical Connection; Emily Martin, Aschinger Electric, Erik Lueders, director of sustainability and purchasing, Parkway School District, Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1; Jim Curran, Electrical Connection, Bob Kaemmerlen, president, Kaemmerlen Electric.
  • EC-USGBC – Left to right, Bob Kaemmerlen, Kaemmerlen Electric; Angela Moore, US Green Building Council (USBGC) – Missouri Gateway Chapter board chair; Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1; Emily Andrews, executive director, USGBC; Emily Martin, Aschinger Electric; Jim Curran, Electrical Connection.
  • Frank-Address – Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1

Mason Contractors Association Announces 2020-21 Board Appointments

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The Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, chartered in March 1896 and one of St. Louis’ oldest trade organizations recently announced its slate of officers and other governing members for the upcoming term.

Officers:

  • President: Bradly C. Grant (Grant Contracting Co.)
  • Vice President: Brian Smith (John J. Smith Company)
  • Secretary: Brett Lampkin (Lampkin Masonry)
  • Treasurer: Luke Siebert (Heitkamp Masonry, Inc.)

Trustees:

  • Daniel Dwyer (E.C. Landers Brickwork, Inc.)
  • Nick Frisch (Frisch Masonry, Inc.)
  • Tom Schmitt (Superior Waterproofing & Restoration Co., Inc.)
  • John Foley (Swanson Masonry, Inc.)
  • Scott Masterson (B & K Tuckpointing Co.)

Arbitration Board:

  • John J. Smith, Jr. (John J. Smith Masonry Company)
  • Brian J. Grant (Grant Contracting Company, Inc.)
  • Thomas L. McDonnell (George McDonnell & Sons Tuckpointing Company)
  • Jeffrey D. Schmidt (JDS Masonry, Inc.)
  • Martin Heck, Jr. (Martin C. Heck Brick Contracting Co.)

The MCA of St. Louis includes owners of contracting companies, along with businesses that supply the masonry industry, as well as the firms that serve its financial, legal and insurance needs.

Home Builders Association Donates More than $11,000 to Marygrove

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (left) presented an $11,197 donation to Courtney Noto, director of development for Marygrove.

The donation will be used to remove, repair and refinish industrial-grade metal cabinets in two of Marygrove’s residential treatment units – Aspen and Rosewood. Marygrove is dedicated to providing a safe living environment for children and youth while addressing their mental health needs. Marygrove serves approximately 225 children and young adults each day (approximately 1,300 each year) who are struggling with behavioral, emotional or other mental health issues. These challenges are often the result of abuse, neglect or other early childhood traumas. The desired outcome for each child is to learn how to manage their mental health condition and develop life skills so they can move to a less restrictive environment.

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.

 

RFP Issued Public Art Installation At Maplewood Metrobus Stop

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Artists interested in submitting their proposals as part of the “TRANSIT STOP TRANSFORMATION PROJECT” must do so by Feb. 7 to be considered 

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT), the regional transit advocacy organization, AARP in St. Louis and KaBOOM!, a national non-profit that partners with communities to expand play opportunities for kids, have issued a call for artists from across the St. Louis area to submit proposals for a public art installation that will be featured as part of the Maplewood Transit Stop Transformation project, located at the corner of Manchester Rd. and Marshall Ave. Interested artists can view the request for proposal at cmt-stl.org and must submit their ideas and qualifications by Feb. 7, 2020, to be considered.

The Maplewood Transit Stop Transformation project is a joint initiative between CMT, AARP in St. Louis, KaBOOM!, the City of Maplewood and Citizens National Bank to convert the space surrounding the MetroBus stop at Manchester Rd. and Marshall Ave. into a fun, artistic space that encourages active play, cultivates community and increases transit use. The design for the overall project, which is being led by BlackArc Design, has been finalized – with input from the Maplewood Community. The public art installation is separate from the overall design and will be a key feature of this project.

As part of the public art installation, artists must be able to submit a design that celebrates the identity and City of Maplewood and work collaboratively with partners to ensure a timely and efficient delivery of the project. The artist must include a community engagement aspect, with community members – including those without any art training – playing a part in painting, installing or creating portions of the public art piece. The artist must also have a deep understanding and commitment to equitable development, the impact and possibility of play and the ability for creative interventions to produce long-term impact in neighborhoods.

“The public art installation will be a key feature of the overall design to reimagine the vacant space around the MetroBus stop in Maplewood, and we are excited to issue this request for proposal for local artists to submit their ideas and be a part of this much-needed transformation,” said Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. “We look forward to viewing proposals and unveiling the chosen design next month, and we are eager to work with the selected artist to bring to life a public art design that will further enhance the engaging space being created at this busy traffic stop.”

Artists interested in submitting their proposals for the public art installation must do so by 5 p.m. on Feb. 7. The artist and public art piece will be selected on Feb. 12 by a panel made up of members of the partnering organizations, with public art installation expected to take place in early March. The selected artist will be given $1,250 for the design concept, community engagement event and assistance with project installation. More details are available at https://cmt-stl.org/rfp-for-public-art-released-for-maplewood-transit-stop-transformation-project/.

The Maplewood Transit Stop Transformation project serves as an extension to Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) and AARP in St. Louis’ ongoing efforts to raise awareness about “placemaking” around transit. This is a concept that transforms places people simply pass through in route to their next destination – like MetroLink and MetroBus stations – into active, engaging corridors that connect individuals and neighborhoods by offering access to products, services and green spaces. To learn more, call Citizens for Modern Transit at (314) 231-7272 or visit www.cmt-stl.org.

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) is the region’s transit advocacy organization. It was established in 1985 to help bring light rail to St. Louis and works to develop, support and enhance programming and initiatives to ensure safe, convenient and affordable access to the region’s integrated public transportation system. CMT champions, challenges, encourages and advocates for public transit in an effort to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life in the St. Louis region. To learn more, visit www.cmt-stl.org.

 

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