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Breckenridge Material Company’s Parent Completes Aggregate Acquisition

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Marking the ninth construction material acquisition completed in the last six years

BMC Enterprises, Inc., the parent of St. Louis based Breckenridge Material Company, has completed the acquisition of Lincoln County Sand & Gravel.

The acquired assets will immediately increase BMC Enterprises aggregate production and will strategically provide long term access to a significant natural glacial sand and gravel deposit.  The new company will operate as BMC Sand, LLC.

The acquisition is consistent with BMC’s long term sustainable growth strategy within the construction materials industry.

“Once again we are pleased to be able expand the portfolio of our aggregate holdings.  We are excited about the immediately accretive effect, as well as more importantly, the long term strategic value that this acquisition will have for our downstream ready-mix and asphalt production facilities.” said Nathan McKean, CEO and Owner of BMC Enterprises, Inc.

Earlier this year BMC Enterprises, Inc. launched BMC Asphalt, LLC as a way to continue diversifying its construction material offerings in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Founded in 1925, Breckenridge Material Company is a family owned and operated company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Hicor Group To Renovate And Relocate Headquarters To Historic Washington Avenue Residence

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The Hicor Group, a minority certified (MBE) General Contractor in St. Louis, today announced plans to renovate a historically significant 7000 square foot residence at 3201 Washington Avenue and relocate its headquarters to the building this Fall.  Renovation of the former Bronson Residence, a 131-year-old Late Victorian house listed on the National Historic Register, will cost $1.1 million and begin this month.  The Hicor Group will self-perform the carpentry and concrete portions of the construction work.

The Hicor Group specializes in residential and commercial renovation and historic preservation work, and also provides general contracting and carpentry services on other commercial construction and multi-family projects.  Founded in 2014, the company is a MBE and an SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Chameleon Integrated Services (Chameleon).  Andrew Stafford, a ten year veteran of the historic restoration and construction industry, is President of The Hicor Group and Brian Hubbell, formerly with Paric and K&S Associates, is Vice President of Operations.

“The renovation will include new walls, flooring, ceilings, lighting and electrical systems on the interior and upgrades to the exterior including a new roof and masonry wall to upgrade the building to 21st century standards,” Stafford said.  “When completed, our new headquarters will showcase our company’s capabilities in historic restoration while allowing us to become a proud anchor and symbol of this revitalized neighborhood.”

The Washington Avenue property is being redeveloped by Acree-Kelley LLC, which bought the house in 2014.  The property is located next to Chameleon’s headquarters inside the former Central States Life Insurance Building, now known as the Barnett on Washington, at 3207 Washington.  Drew Acree and Jeff Kelley of Acree-Kelley LLC are also co-founders of Chameleon, which provides Information Technology support services to agencies and organizations worldwide.

“We first worked with Andrew on the renovation of our corporate headquarters and saw a good fit between his business knowledge and our management controls, funding resources and sustainability,” said Kelley.  “So we formed The Hicor Group and brought Andrew on board to formally blend these strengths.  Hicor now has 15 full time employees and has since expanded into the hospitality, healthcare and other construction market sectors.”

The Hicor Group office is currently located inside Chameleon’s headquarters at the Barnett on Washington building at 3207 Washington.  For more information on The Hicor Group, visit www.thehicorgroup.com.

Founded in 2003, Chameleon is a minority and SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).

NAI DESCO Relocating Headquarters Within Clayton

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Firm More Than Doubles Office Space to 15,000SF; Launches Third-Party Asset Management Division

Mary Ellen Saenz
Mary Ellen Saenz

Commercial real estate firm NAI DESCO is relocating its headquarters within Clayton to greatly expanded offices on the top (19th) floor of the 101 S. Hanley Building. In conjunction with the move, the firm is also launching a third-party asset management division headed by newly recruited industry veteran Mary Ellen Saenz.

“We have been growing across all business lines as a rebounding commercial real estate market fuels client demand for facilities that will help make their companies more efficient and productive,” said NAI DESCO president and CEO Toby Martin. “We simply outgrew our current location – even before factoring the new asset management operation into our space needs equation.”

Toby Martin
Toby Martin

Currently, NAI DESCO employs 30 people in 7,300 square feet at 8235 Forsyth Blvd. Its new headquarters at 101 S. Hanley, with 15,000 square feet, is more than twice as large.

Third-Party Asset Management Portfolio Opens with 750,000SF

Initially, under the leadership of Saenz, NAI DESCO will service a third-party commercial portfolio of 750,000 square feet – a seamless complement to the 7.75-million-square- foot portfolio managed by a sister company, The DESCO Group.

Prior to joining NAI DESCO, Saenz was vice president of asset management and customer service for Duke Realty where upon her departure she oversaw seven million square feet of commercial space. Before joining NAI DESCO last July (2015), Martin was the St. Louis Business Unit Leader for Duke and a member of its Management Committee.

“We believe the new headquarters will enhance our efforts to attract best-of-class brokers, property managers and support staff as we continue to focus on growing our team,” Martin added.

Cited on the “Largest Commercial Real Estate Firm” list published in January 2016 by the St. Louis Business Journal, NAI DESCO was formed in 2000 as a partnership of The DESCO Group and principals of NAI DESCO.   Mark Schnuck serves as chairman of NAI DESCO and president and CEO of The DESCO Group. In 2011, NAI DESCO acquired the St. Louis brokerage division of Coldwell Banker Commercial CRA LLC.

All NAI DESCO contact information, including for the firm’s office in Illinois, will remain the same.

The DESCO Group, which primarily engages in real estate development in the Central, Mid-South, Southwest and Southeast U.S., will continue to be based at 25 N. Brentwood Boulevard in Clayton.

Founded in 2000, NAI DESCO is the local affiliate of NAI Global, a worldwide real estate network with 400 offices spanning the globe.

REMIGER DESIGN and Sansone Group Bring New Starbucks, Mattress Direct to Sunset Hills

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Development at 10775 Watson Road scheduled to open in late spring 2016

REMIGER DESIGN, a St. Louis-based planning, architecture and interior design firm, provided architectural services including a completely original design to the new Starbucks and Mattress Direct development in Sunset Hills. The project, currently under construction at 10775 Watson Road, is being developed by Sansone Group and is scheduled for completion in spring 2016.

“It’s an honor to put our unique stamp on an original design for these well-known retailers,” said Vern Remiger, president of REMIGER DESIGN. “We are very grateful to have worked with the entire project team, including Sansone Group. This development will bring beauty and functionality to this growing corridor in St. Louis County.”

The one-of-a-kind design of the building creates a modern aesthetic for the 4,500 square foot split tenant facility. HBD Construction is the project contractor, BFA is the civil engineer and Aedifica Case Engineering is the structural engineer.

REMIGER DESIGN is a St. Louis-based planning, architecture and interior design firm specializing in the planning and design of commercial and corporate facilities.

Guarantee Electrical Wins Prestigious “Willis Excellence in Construction Safety Award”

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Guarantee was recently selected as the winner for the national award due to its comprehensive safety program which is driven by stressing competency over mere compliance.  To wit, Guarantee has one of the lowest Experienced Modification Rates (EMR) and Total Recordable Incident Rates (TRIR) in the electrical industry.

AGC’s Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) program is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program for companies of all sizes and occupational divisions. The selection process is unique because invited finalists make presentations to judges who then ask each finalist a series of probing questions. CSEA recognizes companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and risk control programs and showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvements and maintenance of their safety and health management systems.

Unlike other safety award programs which limit the criteria to frequency rates, the CSEA selection process is considerably more comprehensive.  Each applicant is reviewed for evidence of:

  • Company management commitment
  • Active employee participation
  • Safety training
  • Work site hazard identification and control
  • Safety program innovation

According to Dennis Dubitsky, Corporate Director of Safety and Risk Management for Guarantee Electrical Company, “From top to bottom we focus on competency. Competency is about the independence of the individual workers who have been provided the training, tools and resources, and empowering them to continuously monitor their environment for hazards, allowing them to take all necessary action to work risk free.  Competency is also about senior management leading the process and creating an environment that makes safe, quality production the focus thereby protecting both the individual and the bottom line.”

IMPACT Strategies Expands & Re-Locates Missouri Office

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Construction firm IMPACT Strategies, Inc., is expanding and relocating their Missouri office to the Power House Building at Union Station, 401 S. 18th Street, St. Louis to better serve growing construction market opportunities.

The larger space will allow the company to align their staff with the needs of a growing market in St. Louis for commercial construction. Some sectors of the regional construction market are among the fastest growing in the nation, according to IMPACT Strategies President Mark Hinrichs.

Since its organization in 2002, IMPACT Strategies has experienced steady growth expanding both its geographical service area and market sectors it serves. The company has maintained a near perfect safety record and deploys a structured 8-step safety program to minimize risk to its employees and those of its subcontractor partners.

IMPACT Strategies specializes in retail, commercial, medical and education construction as well as senior and multi-family housing. Services include construction management, pre-construction management, design-build and general contracting.

The telephone number for the Missouri office remains the same at 314.646.8400. The Illinois headquarters office is at 340 Office Ct., Fairview Heights. More information is available at www.BuildWithImpact.com.

KBR Launches Craft Training Program for Veterans

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KBR, Inc. announced it is creating a program to train active duty military in the pipefitting trade to assist service members who desire to pursue an industrial civilian career following their military service. The initiative is in partnership with Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) and Fort Polk, located in Vernon Parish, Louisiana.

The Veteran Pipefitting Training Program was created for active duty military at Fort Polk and applicants will be selected for the sixteen week program by Fort Polk’s Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) and KBR. Trainees will receive training credentials for both academic and hands-on practice by the National Center for Construction Education and Research upon the successful completion of the course.

“KBR is proud to help provide this great opportunity for soldiers to continue their education and build upon the foundation of their military training,” said David Zelinski, President of KBR’s Onshore Americas business division. “This generation’s post-9/11 veterans represent an extraordinary pool of talent and leadership that the craft industry needs. Our training partnership with Fort Polk provides a vehicle for veterans to translate their skills into the craft professions while supporting their transition to the civilian world,” continued Zelinski.

KBR is making a significant investment in CLTCC’s facilities for this training program as well as covering fees associated with the instructors who will be key contributors to the overall success of this program.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity for our Fort Polk & Transition Assistance Program to partner with KBR,” said Col. David G. Athey, Fort Polk Garrison Commander. “The leadership at Fort Polk has been behind this program from day one. It is a great honor to be part of a program that further develops the skills of our veterans to help them prepare for a career in the craft labor industry. The talents that these soldiers bring to the table are invaluable and we are excited that KBR wants to help our veterans succeed after serving our country.” continued Athey.

KBR has a long history of working alongside of the U.S. military and is proud to continue that tradition with helping veterans transition from military service to successful civilian careers.

KBR, Inc. is a global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company serving the hydrocarbons and government services industries.

Geotechnology Digs Deep to Evaluate an 80-year-old Structure

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The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) hired McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., to design and build a seismic retrofit of the historic structure along with seismic bracing of non-structural components such as ceilings, partitions and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems.

Although the GSA gave McCarthy initial geological and seismic information, including design documents from the 1920s, McCarthy needed more information to develop proper design parameters for an effective renovation. McCarthy’s team needed more information about the soil, bedrock, and ground water conditions around the building, and they also needed to know if the building was built in accordance with the design.

The Robert A. Young Federal (RAY) Building was completed in 1933 for the Terminal Railroad Association. The federal government bought the 1,050,000-square-foot, L-shaped building during World War II. It houses dozens of offices for various federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, State Department, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The RAY building stands at the corner of Spruce Street and South Tucker Boulevard in downtown St. Louis, near the former course of Mill Creek along what was once Chouteau’s Pond. Other buildings to the east, near the edges of the former pond, had had foundation issues stemming from poor soils, which had to be repaired before the buildings could be renovated.

McCarthy hired Geotechnology, Inc., to explore soil, bedrock, and groundwater conditions, and assess the condition of the existing structure.

Geotechnology conducted a range of tests with test borings, seismographs, and scanning technology. Perhaps the most unusual was the effort Geotechnology made to determine if the foundations supporting the 83-year-old building matched the foundations drawn in the design documents.

To determine if the building really was supported by driven piles founded on bedrock, Geotechnology exhumed some of the piles beneath the pile caps. According to Geotechnology Project Manager Dan Greenwood, that meant going into the basement and excavating 10 feet below the basement slab: six feet to get to the pile caps, and then another three to four feet to get below the bottom of the pile cap. McCarthy/Castle excavated to the bottom of the pile cap and installed shoring, he said, them Geotechnology technicians excavated by hand at the bottom of the hole to get underneath the cap in order to test the piles.

“The drawings showed the type, number, spacing, and capacity of the piles, but as part of McCarthy’s due diligence, we had to verify that they were installed as per the plan,” Greenwood said.

Excavations exposed fluted columns, as shown in the drawings, but the structural engineers wanted to know if they could be relied on. Geotechnology suggested load-testing them.

In selected locations, Geotechnology cut 18-inch sections from four piles and tested them with a Pile Integrity Tester, which is essentially a hammer wired to some instruments. The reflected signals from the hammer taps showed piles that were in good condition and rested on bedrock 22-feet below the pile cap.

“We got a good, strong signal, which was reassuring to everyone,” said Greenwood.

That meant the piles were in good shape, but could they bear the 35-ton design load?

Geotechnology used a hydraulic jack to find out.  They inserted a calibrated jack in the space where they had cut out a length of pile and tested to 70 tons.

“There was no safe way to be in the hole while running a jack, so we used a down-hole camera and ran the test from a safe spot on the basement slab, remotely controlling the settings and watching it through a monitor,” Greenwood said.

The piles passed the 70-ton test, which provides a safety factor of twice the design rating. That was a big milestone.

“It has a huge impact on the design,” Greenwood said. If either pile or pile cap hadn’t withstood a 70-ton load, the amount of additional structural shoring required on the project to meet seismic guidelines “would have been a big deal,” Greenwood said, maybe even enough to kill the project.

After completing the tests, Geotechnology refastened the piles to the pile caps.

“It was truly an amazing blend of state-of-the-practice seismic evaluation with structural engineering and a nearly century old structure,” Greenwood said.

Holland Employee Charitable Foundation Raises $23,000 for Fontebella Maternity Home

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The Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) is pleased to announce that $23,000 was raised at this year’s Klondike Klassic Charity Golf Tournament thanks to the overwhelming support of Holland friends and associates including 160 golfers and over 100 sponsors.  The event was held February 27th at Far Oaks Golf Club.

This year’s tournament was held to benefit Fontebella Maternity Home. Founded in 2009 by Bob and Susan Hoff, Fontebella provides a safe, loving, home-like setting for women 18 and older who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and have nowhere else to turn.

Members of the HECF presented a $23,000 check to Fontebella at the conclusion of the event.  “We are so grateful for this blessing, and will be able to do so many incredible things to advance the mission of Fontebella with this money,” said founder Susan Hoff.  With added resources, Fontebella’s plans include expansion of their home, addiction and mental health services for the women residing at the home, and the addition of long-term after-care units.

With Holland’s “Can Do!” philosophy, the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) was established with the mission of dedicating ourselves to helping others in the community through donations and volunteering. The HECF is employee run and driven.

Through the HECF, the Klondike Klassic Charity Golf Tournament will now be an annual event. Funds raised each year will go towards a local organization voted on annually by the Foundation.

The Holland Employee Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity as a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill.

Hilliker Corporation Assists Mechanical Contractor With Building Purchase

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Company to expand pipe fabrication operations into former truck dealership location

Hilliker Corporation, a St. Louis owned and managed commercial real estate company, recently represented the area’s largest mechanical service-based contractor.

Integrated Facility Services, a full-service mechanical contracting and service firm, purchased an 18,200-square-foot building on two acres at 2490 Cassens Dr. in Fenton.  The space will be used to accommodate the company’s growing pipe fabrication services.  The property is the former home of Kenworth of St. Louis, a truck dealer and service business.

Integrated Facility Services’ headquarters are located nearby at 1055 Cassens Industrial Ct. in Fenton and will remain open, as well as another office at 10501 S. Hardwick Lane in Columbia, Mo.  Integrated Facility Services was formerly known as Air Masters, Gateway Mechanical, Gateway Mechanical Fire Protection, and Automatic Solutions Group.  The company, which  rebranded under the Integrated Facility Services’ name in January, 2016, provides HVAC design and installation, plumbing, commercial refrigeration, fire protection, energy conservation, and building automation services.

Hilliker Corporation broker Hal Ball represented the buyer, Integrated Facility Services, Inc., and Colliers International broker Steve Tharpe represented the seller, The Jerry Ackerman, Sr. Revocable Trust.

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