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Contegra Construction Co. Completes First Apartments of $26 Million Thirteen01 at Hartman Lakes Apartments in Shiloh, IL

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The grand opening of Thirteen01 at Hartman Lakes on April 11, 2019 unveiled the first apartments and the clubhouse in the new $26 million residential development in Shiloh, Ill.  Edwardsville, Ill-based Contegra Construction Co. has completed three apartment buildings and developerGreenmount Retail Center, LLC. reports nearly 100 signed leases to date in the 216 unit, nine-building complex.  Contegra has also completed the amenity-laden clubhouse and expects to complete the remaining apartments by the summer.

The one- and two-bedroom residential community is situated on 17 acres at the northwest corner of Hartman Lane and Frank Scott Parkway in the Hartman Lakes development and features well-appointed living spaces, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, balconies, in-unit laundry rooms with washer and dryer and detached garages.

Community amenities include a clubhouse with fitness room, resort-style pool, gas grills, fire pit, walking trail and two lakes with fountains.

One-bedroom apartments start at $950 a month and two-bedroom start at $1,250 a month. For more information please visit

Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, medical, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Its capabilities include building developer- and owner-driven projects and site development.  Learn more at

Thirteen01 at Hartman Lakes is leased and managed by 2B Residential, an employee-owned, full-service multifamily real estate company and recipient of the 2018 Property Management Company of the Year by the St. Louis Apartment Association. 2B Residential is headquartered in St. Louis with a portfolio of fifteen properties totaling more than 2,900 units for ten different owners in the St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. and Southwestern Illinois markets. For more information, visit

Western Specialty Contractors Cleans, Restores Limestone Façade of Historic Decatur, IL Courthouse

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Throughout its history, the Macon County Courthouse in Decatur, IL has inhabited a variety of buildings, from a log cabin built in 1829 where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, to a stone and brick four-story building with a clock tower built in 1892 to its current location — a five-story limestone building constructed in 1939. Façade expert Western Specialty Contractors – Springfield, IL branch was recently tasked with restoring the historic courthouse’s 80-year-old façade to like-new condition, which involved extensive cleaning and repair of its damaged limestone.

Partnered with BLDD Architects, Western’s team began the façade restoration process by identifying, removing and re-tuckpointing damaged mortar between the limestone, for a total of 10,000 linear feet or 25% of the building. Crew members then cut out and re-caulked the perimeter of all the building’s windows, doors and coping stones, which totaled 9,200 linear feet.

Cleaning the limestone was a particular challenge for the Western crew, which had to experiment with multiple cleaners to find the one that obtained the desired result for the owner. Copper stains on the limestone that had run down from a large clock mounted on the buildings’ front façade were also removed by Western.

“The top of the wall was the most severely stained, so we had to be careful with the cleaning to blend it with the rest of the limestone so everything looked uniform,” said Western Branch Sales/Project Manager Darren Lemon.

A significant part of the project also included chipping out and repairing 130 square feet of spalled limestone. Since the limestone exhibited a variety of shades, Western’s experts had to blend patching materials on-site to painstakingly match each damaged stone’s unique character. Since the courthouse’s architecture features multiple roof levels and a connecting building, access to repairs was further complicated. Western’s crews floated swing stages over the harder-to-reach upper areas and used man-lifts to access the lower areas.

Western’s crews completed the six-month project by applying a silane-based water repellent to the building’s entire 53,400-square-foot façade.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit         

Midas Hospitality Wins Eight Industry Awards

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St. Louis hotel developer receives national recognition for excellence 

Midas Hospitality – a leading hotel development, management and investment firm – recently won eight Marriott awards for its properties located in Kentucky, Missouri and North Carolina.  These awards represent commitment to exceptional guest service and highest overall quality for Marriott franchise partners.

Midas Hospitality’s Residence Inn Charlotte, NC Airport property received a Diamond Circle award, which is given to hotels in the top 5% of the brand in overall guest satisfaction.  Hotel manager Randy Rushakoff earned the Diamond General Manager of the Year as one of the brand’s top GMs for his leadership at the Charlotte property.  The hotel also was honored with the RevPAR Index Improvement award for the highest year-over-year revenue increase.

Silver Circle awards were given to Midas Hospitality for its Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Paducah, KY; Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Wentzville, MO; and Fairfield Inn & Suites-Airport property in Charlotte, NC.  The Silver Circle award is presented to hotels in the top 20% of the brand in overall guest satisfaction.

Fairfield Inn & Suites St. Louis-Westport’s Breakfast Manager Diane Chandley received the Breakfast Ambassador of the Year award for exemplary service and guest experience consistently demonstrated throughout 2018.  With General Manager John Kudla at the helm, Residence Inn St. Louis-Westport was awarded the Opening Hotel of the Year.

“I have the honor of working with developers and hospitality companies throughout North America, and Midas Hospitality consistently stands out as a company we trust will do the right thing and execute with excellence,” said Benjamin C. Jones, Senior Manager, Project Management at Global Design Americas at Marriott International.  “Their people bring tremendous passion and expertise to everything they do. It’s a pleasure doing business with Midas Hospitality and their recognition is well deserved.”

“We are very proud to be associated with Marriott in the development and management of their brand,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s CEO and Co-Founder.  “These awards reflect and inspire our ambition to be a company where people love to work, partners love the results, and everyone loves the experience.”

For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit


Wiegmann Associates Completes HVAC for New Beginnings Lutheran Church

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Wiegmann Associates has completed HVAC work for the new 10,500-square-foot, one-story addition to New Beginnings Lutheran Church in Pacific, MO. Wiegmann served as the design/build mechanical contractor. The general contractor was Wachter, Inc. and the architect was Etegra, Inc.

Wiegmann designed an energy-efficient HVAC system to serve the new sanctuary, fellowship area, restrooms and vestibule. Wiegmann installed ductwork, piping, rooftop units and exhaust fans. Wiegmann’s HVAC solution included an energy-efficient variable air volume system (VAV), equipped with fan terminal units for zone control. A Building Automation System allows the system to be operated remotely.

New Beginnings Lutheran Church was founded in 2000.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit or call (636) 940-1056.

Murphy Company Recognized for Safety Excellence

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Murphy Company was honored April 6 by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council with the ASA Safety Award for Division 1 (over one million man hours worked). It reflects the company’s outstanding safety performance in 2018.

The ASA Midwest Council Safety Award criteria is a rigorous process that evaluates a company’s complete commitment to the overall workplace safety and health environment for their employees.  Factors considered are recordable injuries, days away, lost time incident rates, ongoing safety training, a clear management commitment for safety, and employee participation in the safety process.  Applications were blind judged by the ASA Safety Committee, and new this year, representatives of OSHA assisted with the judging process.

The award was presented at ASA Midwest Council’s Mad Hatter Awards Gala, at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Jennifer Church, United Rentals, and ASA Midwest Council president, presented the award to Rick Reams, Murphy Co.’s corporate safety director, along with Safety Co Chairs-Rose Kastrup, CSA Advisors; and Steve Williams, Bell Electrical Contractors.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Ranked 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm in 2018 ENR/Engineering News-Record and ranked 22nd largest mechanical contracting firm by the 2018 Contractor Annual Report, the firm has national capabilities and is licensed to do business in 44 states.  Also in 2018, Contractor’s Book of Giants listed Murphy Co. as the fourth largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest and ENR ranked the company sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue.

The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit

Developing Hospital Floor Plans For Modern Healthcare

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Submitted by: Todd Imming, Chief Marketing Officer, The Korte Company

Designing a hospital is no easy task. Creating a safe, comfortable place for patients to heal and doctors and nurses to work requires a significant amount of strategic planning.

Modern healthcare facilities provide a wide range of services and play many different roles, all of which are consolidated within a single building or close-knit campus. Those include:

  • Inpatient and outpatient services, from simple procedures to long-term intensive care.
  • Diagnostic and treatment functions requiring labs, imaging spaces and operating rooms.
  • Administrative services like reception, registration, record keeping, accounting and HR.
  • Research and teaching services in case of a teaching hospital.
  • Operational functions like food service, housekeeping, supply management, security and grounds maintenance.

The hospital design process becomes quite complex when accounting for all these functions. Efficiency and utility are crucial when developing a hospital floor plan. Our healthcare Design-Build experts offer insight based on decades of experience building these facilities. With their expertise and guidance, your hospital floor plan development process will result in a facility that improves patient care and secures the financial success of your healthcare organization.

Hospital floor plan considerations

Hospital floor plan design must account for a facility’s balance of functions and space allocation over time. Healthcare leaders will benefit from the expertise of a Design-Build partner with vast experience building in this sector.

Understanding the Master Plan

Most hospitals or hospital systems have a Master Plan in place that guides the growth and evolution of the facility. There’s a long list of resources the Design-Builder must become familiar with, and this one is at the top.


Master Plans are a critical roadmap during the early stages of construction planning, guiding customers and their Design-Build partners toward the hospital floor plan that meets the facility’s needs—now and in the future. Consider how information in the Master Plan can help answer questions related to the development of a hospital floor plan, including:

  • Is the current construction project “standalone,” or is it one phase of a multi-phase program?
  • Is there sufficient available land to allow for the construction of a whole new building, or will this project be a renovation or expansion of an existing structure?
  • Do hospital leaders intend to expand existing services or introduce new ones in conjunction with new construction? And, what challenges or opportunities arise from that as the facility faces a potential rearrangement of existing floor plans?
  • How do hospital leaders believe their patient population will change over time? Will new construction be flexible enough to respond to this evolution?
  • What external factors like adjacent property development or public transportation options will impact the way the facility evolves?

Master Plans should take a comprehensive view of how healthcare facilities exist—and change—within the communities they serve. At The Korte Company, we’re experts at understanding Master Plans and designing healthcare facilities that achieve the goals stated within them.

But we go a step further, too. At The Korte Company, the job is the boss. And that means doing everything possible to add value to any project we’re working on. Sometimes, that means designs change. A key benefit of choosing Design-Build is that all project stakeholders are on the same page from the beginning. There’s no miscues or confusion, only collaboration and cooperation.

We also know that healthcare organizations want to get the most for their construction investment. We excel at finding cost savings on healthcare projects because it gives us the opportunity to work with customers to start tackling other Master Plan items sooner.

The right Design-Builder is more than just a construction company. It’s a partner for progress.

If your facility lacks a Master Plan, or that Master Plan doesn’t include capital improvements like new construction, we’ll help you develop one. Learn more about how we do that by reading about the construction program we helped develop for Anderson Hospital in Illinois.

Evidence-based hospital floor plan design

Hospital design has begun to mimic healthcare in its adoption of an evidence-based approach. Just as doctors and nurses adjust treatments based on the latest medical studies, hospital leaders and their construction partners understand that better-designed hospitals can improve patient outcomes, enhance site security, boost staff satisfaction, increase operational efficiency and reduce adverse environmental impacts.

The principle of healing architecture has arisen from research assessing how patient outcomes improve when certain design choices are made. Consider these findings:

  • An experiment conducted by neuropsychiatric providers in Italy found that patients suffering from bipolar disorder spent an average of four fewer days in the hospital when they were assigned east-facing rooms that captured morning sunlight.
  • After shadowing the staff of the neonatal intensive care unit in a Swedish hospital, an architect redesigned the space. After implementation, hospital stays for premature infants measurably shortened.
  • A study of aggressive patients showed that injection of sedatives was reduced by 70% for patients whose rooms featured posters depicting scenes of nature compared to those whose rooms’ walls were blank.

And, as the Association of American Medical Colleges discusses in this article, good things happen when design elements maximizing patient and family experiences are combined with floor plans that:

  • Let medical teams centralize their work to deliver care more efficiently.
  • Keep separate teams (like medical staff and custodial personnel) from getting in each other’s way.
  • Allow security teams and local law enforcement to more easily unify their response to emergencies (we expand on this idea in our discussion on enhancing school security through design).

The design principles we discussed above are passive measures proven to improve health outcomes. Opportunities to implement active measures exist, too. By that we mean making design decisions that directly affect the way hospital or healthcare facility staff deliver care. The key to developing improved floor plans is collaboration. For us, it means conducting extensive interviews with the doctors, nurses and other support staff who will use the facility daily.

We want these individuals in on the design process because they see floor plans differently. To them, floor plans are more than drawings. They represent the spaces these professionals depend on to deliver the best care possible to patients.

User input is more important than ever because most healthcare construction projects are renovations or expansions to existing sites. Experienced staff have the best sense of what will work best for patients.

In addition to seeking input from healthcare providers and other staff, round out your planning team with security team leaders and even local law enforcement and fire protection personnel. When it comes to building state-of-the-art healing spaces, no amount of expert input is too much.

Restoration St. Louis puts Chemical Building Under Contract, Plans Renovation

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Restoration St. Louis has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire the 17-story Chemical Building, located at 721 Olive, for the purpose of renovating and restoring it to its previous grandeur as an extension of its newest neighbor, the Louis Sullivan-designed Hotel Saint Louis at 705 Olive.

The two buildings will be linked by a street-level pedestrian walkway and feature an additional 84 guest rooms, 72 luxury apartments, a ballroom, restaurant and a rooftop bar. Work is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2019. Hotel Saint Louis, which opened in December after an extensive $71 million renovation, is also owned and operated by Restoration St. Louis under the auspices of an Autograph Collection Hotels by Marriott – the first in St. Louis.

Company co-founders Amy and Amrit Gill, who previously attempted to purchase the Chemical Building in 2016, are purchasing the property from Morgan Communities in New York and will receive more than $17 million in historic preservation tax credits as part of the project. Working in association with BSI Constructors, Inc. and Checkmate Design, the building’s estimated $54 million renovation is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.

The building, on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally designed by Boston native Henry Ives Cobb in 1896 and features an intricately designed red-hued exterior cornice of foliated patterns and trapezoid-shaped bay windows with spectacular views. Visible advertisements on some of the windows still showcase the names of the businesses that once occupied the premise at the turn of the century. Ornamental terra cotta graces its top two floors. Both the Chemical Building and the former Union Trust Building (1893), now Hotel Saint Louis, provide an impressive architectural contrast of design.

“With the development of the Chemical Building, we will be expanding the visibility and vitality of our region’s downtown footprint, increasing the fun factor one block at a time for both residents and visitors alike,” said Amy Gill. “These two buildings, architectural wonders made all the more special by the fact they are just a few feet apart, also represent the essence of our mission – restoring a vacant landscape and transforming it into a revitalized neighborhood that, as St. Louisans, we can all be proud of. ”

Restoration St. Louis, led by Amrit and Amy Gill, has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the revitalization of architecturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and thriving communities throughout the country. The organization, formed in 2001, initiates real estate development programs and partnerships with both city-based and minority-owned businesses. 

KAI Announces Acquisition of Fratto Engineering, Inc. in Arlington, Texas

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KAI has acquired woman-owned Fratto Engineering, Inc. based in Arlington, TX. Founded in 1997, Fratto Engineering specializes in Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering and has more than 40 clients that include higher education institutions, hospital systems and healthcare centers, local municipalities, architectural firms, electrical contractors, general contractors and other institutions.

Fratto Engineering President Debbie Fratto said the KAI Enterprises family of companies was the perfect fit for the acquisition due to the companies’ shared philosophies and collaborative culture. The acquisition, she said, will give Fratto customers the unique advantage of having design and construction professionals in the same office to provide input and advice on project solutions.

“As we sought to transition to the next period of our lives and careers, we were looking for a firm that exhibited similar qualities in service to their clients as well as a familial culture with their team members,” Fratto said. “It was refreshing to find a firm that valued our approach, reputation and team members as much as we do. Our philosophy of ‘Build It Right and They Will Come Back’ is in line with KAI’s mission of ‘Transforming Communities Through Integrated Design and Construction Excellence.’ We believe in building relationships not only with our clients but also with the communities we serve.”

Under the acquisition agreement, Fratto Engineering’s staff will complete its current contractual commitments to its clients, with all new opportunities as of Feb. 1, 2019 moving forward as KAI Engineering, LLC. Fratto Engineering’s 12 employees will remain in the Arlington office, accompanied by a few engineers transferred from KAI’s Dallas, TX office.

Debbie Fratto and Fratto Engineering Principal Mark Fratto, P.E. will stay on in senior level roles in the Arlington office.

“I am excited to have Mark and Debbie Fratto join the KAI team,” said KAI Enterprises President Darren L. James. “As the acquisition of Fratto was announced, the two of them have been exceptional in their new roles. They are a joy to work with and their insight, knowledge and personal touch serves us well as we provide additional resources and experience to our growing client base.”

Examples of Fratto Engineering’s clients include Huguley Hospital, Angiel Electric, Davis Latham Construction, CADCO Architects, Callahan & Freeman Architects, MPI Architects, Peter Lewis Architect, Rabe Architects, REES, SBL Architecture, Tarrant County College District, VA Hospitals, JPS Hospital and Parkland Hospital.

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. To learn more about KAI, visit

Western Specialty Contractors Provides “3 Keys to Doing Successful Property Inspections”

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If you are a building owner or manager and want to reduce facility maintenance costs, there are a lot of advantages to performing routine property inspections. To begin with, property inspections provide valuable information that makes the stressful maintenance decision-making process much easier and straightforward. Proper building inspections involve more than just walking around a property looking for potential issues. There are plenty of property inspections that don’t do much to help the facility manager or owner. However, there are a few, simple keys to doing successful property inspections that everyone should know:

1. Start with Standardized Methods

Successful inspection programs are built on a foundation of excellent standardized methods that can help improve consistency from inspection to inspection over time. That way, results from a current inspection can be reliably compared to results from past ones. Recommendations include:

– Taking several pictures of each component’s condition – don’t try to rely on notes from inspectors exclusively.

– Using a condition rating scale – keep ratings as simple as possible.

Sometimes facility managers are tempted to start doing inspections first, then work on figuring out how to record the data later. That method is a recipe for expensive mistakes and a less-than-successful inspection.

2. Instructions Matter

Successful inspections are leveraged by well-written guidelines. Starting with standardized methods will get building owners and managers a good way down the path toward a successful inspection, but the maintenance team will need further assistance, so providing them with written instructions to review can be beneficial. Even if an inspection is set up correctly, it only makes it harder to get the traction needed on an inspection if the staff isn’t quire sure what to do. Dumbing down the instructions and taking the guesswork out of the equation will go a long way toward ensuring a successful inspection.

3. Create Checklists (or know where to get them)

Successful inspections have rock-solid processes. For those who are new to exterior maintenance, creating checklists can be a fun and exciting way to improve their skills. But to do a great inspection, learning how to make excellent inspection checklists is recommended, or ask a contractor for assistance.

Building owners and managers can supply the vision and property knowledge, but the contractor brings their years of experience and expertise. For more information about performing successful property inspections, contact the Western Specialty Contractors branch location nearest you –

About Western Specialty Contractors

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects, and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective, corrective measures that can add years of useful life to a variety of structures including industrial, commercial, healthcare, historic, educational and government buildings, parking structures, and sports stadiums. Western is headquartered in St. Louis, MO with 30 branch offices nationwide and employs more than 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals who offer the best, time-tested techniques and innovative technology. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit                   

Cass Commercial Bank Recruits Hoeffner To Lead New Equipment Finance Division

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Cass Commercial Bank has formed a new division focused on financing equipment purchases for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities through capital and municipal leases. Recruited to lead the new division is George Hoeffner, senior vice president.

Consistently ranked among the top-performing banks in the country, Cass Commercial Bank is a subsidiary of Cass Information Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: CASS), a leading national provider of transportation, energy, telecom and waste invoice payment and information services.

Hoeffner joins Cass with 28 years of experience in equipment finance, the last six spent with Central Bank of St. Louis where he launched its equipment finance group.  He previously founded Starboard Capital Group, Inc., an entity that marketed loan and lease products to middle market companies.

As an area commander for Operation Brightside, Hoeffner organized the effort to improve and beautify the Gate District in the City of St. Louis and served as president of the district’s board. He has also been a volunteer and lector at the Old Cathedral of St. Louis since 1991.

Hoeffner earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Founded in 1906 in St. Louis, Cass Commercial Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve. It focuses on fulfilling the financial needs of privately held businesses, faith-based institutions and other nonprofits. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ: CASS), a public company with $1.6 billion in assets.

Cass Information Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information and payment management solutions. Cass enables enterprises to achieve visibility, control and efficiency in their supply chains, communications networks, facilities and other operations. Disbursing over $60 billion annually on behalf of clients, and with total assets of $1.6 billion, Cass is uniquely supported by Cass Commercial Bank. Founded in 1906 and a wholly owned subsidiary, Cass Bank provides sophisticated financial exchange services to the parent organization and its clients. Cass is part of the Russell 2000.

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