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Midwest BankCentre Completes Interior Renovation of Branch in Arnold, Mo

Midwest BankCentre Arnold BankCentre Leader Cristy Heuer (with scissors), flanked by Senior Vice President Suzanne Scherrer (immediately left) and other branch staff, bank leaders and bank board members prepare to cut the ribbon celebrating the grand re-opening of the bank’s newly remodeled Arnold branch on June 10. The bank is celebrating its 25th anniversary of serving the Arnold community.
Midwest BankCentre Arnold BankCentre Leader Cristy Heuer (with scissors), flanked by Senior Vice President Suzanne Scherrer (immediately left) and other branch staff, bank leaders and bank board members prepare to cut the ribbon celebrating the grand re-opening of the bank’s newly remodeled Arnold branch on June 10. The bank is celebrating its 25th anniversary of serving the Arnold community.

Milestone 25th Anniversary of Banking Service to Arnold Community

Midwest BankCentre has completed the renovation of its bank lobby and interior at 1950 Richardson Road in Arnold, Mo., coinciding with its 25th anniversary of serving Arnold customers and businesses.

According to Branch Manager Cristy Heuer, the highlight of the refreshed space is a new community room equipped with a big-screen TV, WiFi access and a whiteboard. The room, which can accommodate up to 15 people, is available free of charge to community groups. In addition, Midwest BankCentre installed new computer stations for customers.

“Just from word-of-mouth, we already have our first community room booking,” noted Heuer, a Jefferson County native. “The fact that groups can meet here after regular bank hours is going to be appealing. To make that possible, we invested in an electronic security system that permits meeting-goers to use the kitchen and the community room while restricting access to other areas of the bank.”

The Richardson Road branch is one of four Midwest BankCentre locations in Jefferson County. Its other branches in the county are in Crystal City, DeSoto and Imperial.

Gray Design Group served as architect, with R.G. Ross Construction Co., Inc. as the general contractor.


HDA Architects Design Expansion of HEB Houston Retail Support Center


HDA Architects is designing a 110,000 sf warehouse expansion for HEB Grocery’s Retail Support Center in Houston, Texas.  The Support Center is a complex operation that supports the grocery chain’s operations in America’s fourth largest metropolitan area.

The building consists insulated metal panel on a conventionally framed steel structure, which allows for significant product storage increase through increased racking height. This increased height will allow HEB to load and unload pallets over 50′ in the air.


Midwest BankCentre and Lindenwood University Break Ground on New Bank in University Commons Development, St. Charles, MO.

Midwest BankCentre officers break ground with community partners on June 8 for its new branch at 1820 First Capitol Drive in the city of St. Charles, Mo. Raising shovels of dirt were (from left) St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann; Executive Vice President Tim Reeves; Lindenwood University System President Michael Shonrock, Ph.D.; Senior Vice President Tony Edmonds; Regional President Fred Dyer; President-St. Charles Commercial Bill Kral; Midwest BankCentre Board Member Jerry Scheidegger, chairman of the board of The Corporate Group; St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith; Regional President Danny Pogue; and Chairman and CEO Jim Watson. Photo by Michael Schlueter
Midwest BankCentre officers break ground with community partners on June 8 for its new branch at 1820 First Capitol Drive in the city of St. Charles, Mo. Raising shovels of dirt were (from left) St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann; Executive Vice President Tim Reeves; Lindenwood University System President Michael Shonrock, Ph.D.; Senior Vice President Tony Edmonds; Regional President Fred Dyer; President-St. Charles Commercial Bill Kral; Midwest BankCentre Board Member Jerry Scheidegger, chairman of the board of The Corporate Group; St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith; Regional President Danny Pogue; and Chairman and CEO Jim Watson. Photo by Michael Schlueter

Midwest BankCentre and Lindenwood University broke ground on the financial institution’s second branch in St. Charles County. The new bank at 1820 First Capitol Drive in the city of St. Charles will be part of Lindenwood’s newUniversity Commons mixed-use development now taking shape across the street from the university’s main campus. The branch is slated to open in late 2016.

The new 5,200-square-foot bank will feature a brick and glass exterior, three indoor teller stations, customer computer kiosks, and a community meeting room with a big-screen TV, WiFi service and a whiteboard. A 24-hour ATM and two drive-up banking lanes will also be provided. A staff of at least 10 professionals will serve customers. Leading the St. Louis-based project team is M+H Architects, project architect; Blanton Construction, general contractor; and O’Toole Design Associates, interior designer.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking for 110 years. With total assets exceeding $1.6 billion, the locally-owned community bank provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; and consumer lending.

Founded in 1827, Lindenwood University educates about 16,000 students a year in more than 200 degree programs at two campuses, 10 regional centers and extension sites throughout Missouri.

Midwest BankCentre (, founded in St. Louis in 1906, employs a staff of 270 currently working at 16 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County.


IMPACT Strategies Begins Construction on SIUE’s Stratton Quadrangle Project


Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies today announced that work is underway on a reconstruction project at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s (SIUE) Stratton Quadrangle. The project, IMPACT’s first with SIUE, involves the placement of new brick pavers throughout the 43,000-square-foot outdoor walkway, which is situated between the campus’ core buildings. The renovation is scheduled for completion in early August prior to classes beginning in the fall.

The Stratton Quadrangle, better known as The Quad, was originally designed to give students some exposure to nature as they walk from one building to another. IMPACT Strategies is working carefully to improve safety for SIUE students, staff and visitors. While protecting the existing planters and landscaping, IMPACT Strategies is also ensuring that damage doesn’t occur during construction to The Rock, a four-ton piece of limestone that has been part of the Quad since it opened.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “The Quad is an important component of SIUE campus life, so it needs to be a safe, secure walkway. We will make sure that the existing structure is protected while we work, and that it’s ready for everyone to enjoy when they return to school in the fall. We’re very pleased to be helping SIUE transform The Quad.”
IMPACT Strategies is working with engineering firm Oates Associates, Inc. of Collinsville.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. The SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 14,000.


Rules of Engagement….How Competitors Collaborate

Stephanie Woodcock
Stephanie Woodcock

By Stephanie Woodcock

The two largest wall and ceiling contractors in St. Louis, Niehaus Building Services and TJ Wies Contracting, team up on the BJC Campus Renewal Project, a 558,000-square-foot, 12-story expansion of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and 222,000-square-foot, 12-story expansion of St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

This complex project demanded new ways of working together from the start. ACW Alliance, comprised of general contractors, Alberici Corp., Clayco Corp., and S.M. Wilson Co, came together specifically for the purpose of capturing this project. In similar fashion, the wall and ceiling scope demanded a unique relationship between top specialty contractors.

TJ Wies and Niehaus Building Services took on the challenge, but not without a few ground rules first. While neither company leader goes as far as subscribing to the term “friendly competitors,” aspects of trust and cooperation are present.

President of Niehaus Building Services Kyle Lopez, said, “Tim Wies (CEO of TJ Wies) and I have a ‘trust but verify’ deal. We were open about the rules of engagement at the beginning of the project and have stuck to them. We share this project, but we both understand we are competing on everything else. We both take pride in our work and are proud of our company’s history. From the office to the field, wearing our brands is a badge synonymous with quality and that’s what makes us both successful and able to deliver for our clients and for this project.”

Though both company brands are worn on shirts in the field, the craftspeople operate as one team. This team approach was designed before the project bid as a prerequisite for collaboration. Each company designated a point person as PM leader, and TJ Wies took the lead as contractor with Niehaus Building Services as the subcontractor.

Wies said, “we felt that our customer (ACW) and their customer (BJC) would be best served with one strong project management team, one point of contact, and therefore one set of learning curves. This project is extremely complex, has a very demanding schedule, and has a very tight jobsite footprint. With the TJ Wies/Niehaus team, we are able to provide two of the largest and most sophisticated wall and ceiling contractors, who could handle the complexity, speed / manpower requirements, and the financial demands of this large of a project. Also, by teaming up with Niehaus, neither of us are stretching our capacity to compete for and complete other projects for our other customers.”

He added that a “teaming effort would have to make sense for both parties” and “for teaming to be successful, transparency and trust are essential.” Each company needs the other for different but significant reasons. While the partnership makes sense for business reasons, it goes beyond putting numbers in a bid for the sake of securing the project.

First and foremost, each company has to trust the other, as well as create a “checks and balances” approach.

Lopez said, “both companies have assigned project managers, who work closely together to keep things balanced,” and both companies “report monthly to each other and have open books for this deal.” He calls the deal “really simple,” because “we agreed at the onset on a profit and cost split and we manage to that… with a few ground rules of course.”

Wies said, “our history helps to reinforce the trust we have in each other,” because “both companies have roots in the industry that precede our current endeavors and our predecessors have always held each other in high regard.”

History, track record, trust, transparency, and communication are all necessary elements in the rules of engagement for a successful collaboration. Those elements must be in place even before the magic of teamwork and cooperation materializes.

While Lopez called the process “simple,” getting to that point of simplicity took some work. Getting systems in place, managing and determining expectations, setting parameters and trust dynamics all happened at the top first, before numbers or bids were submitted. The rules of engagement were in place before any actual “engagement” took place.

Wies explained, “We are working as one because it comes from the top down.  Both organizations feel that this teaming arrangement was the best option for our organizations as well as our customer. This spirit of teamwork is then promoted and reinforced on the craftsperson level. A successful project is a product of successful team work.”

When asked what struggles have occurred as a result of working with a competitor, each company head demurred, explaining that having an “agreement up front” to provide their top craftspeople and team to this project has helped keep the project on track.

Lopez said, “deciding what to expose about our business was a short-term concern, but our businesses don’t run the same way. We don’t try to be like TJ Wies, and I know they don’t try to be like Niehaus, so there really haven’t been many struggles.” He added, “When you have two very competitive companies with leaders that have Type A personalities, it always makes things more difficult, but we both understand who the lead is and what responsibilities each handle.  Both teams have great estimators and project managers, and each has a unique skillset.”

In fact, the two owners talk about how the differences between the companies has become a strength rather than a detriment, as the individual capabilities of each company is learned by the other. Niehaus brought technological expertise with PlanGrid and Ipads, as well overall experience on the BJC campus. TJ Wies brought a large craftsperson workforce, financial stability, and experience with a Total Station Robotic layout.

Yet, before each company gets warm and fuzzy with the other, they remind us and each other that they remain strong competitors on all other projects. Wies summed up the sentiment well: “I am handsomely paid to try to ‘beat your brains out’ from 7am until 5pm. After that, we can have a beer and have fun.”

When asked to interpret the term “friendly competitor,” Wies said, “A friendly competitor is an oxymoron. If you compete, you compete to win, period. You can be friends that compete, but in my mind, you can’t be ‘friendly competitors.’”

Lopez agreed that the term doesn’t work for him either, saying, “This is a business deal in the purest sense. When we first sat down to discuss the deal, the first question was about our customers and the advantage for them. When we both agreed and understood that answer, the next question was about us. The two answers aligned, and we went after it.”

While they both continue to “go after it” together and “go after each other” on other projects, they adhere to their rules of engagement. “We both know the implications if we go against what we agreed to,” Lopez said.

“The negotiation on the front end proves vital to the success of an extensive collaboration. Knowing the process and expectations going into the project ensures confidence among our teams. Leadership, at every level, makes this happen.” 

As President of Seal the Deal Too, Stephanie Woodcock works with companies in overall brand development and cultivating their digital identity through electronic newsletters, social media management and websites.


RSS Honored with Perfection Award from Carlisle SynTec Systems


Local Roofing Contractor Acknowledged for Exceptional Installation Quality

Carlisle SynTec Systems, a leading manufacturer of single-ply roofing materials for more than 50 years, recently honored RSS Roofing Services & Solutions with its 2016 Perfection Award. Each year, Carlisle presents this award to a small percentage of its top contractors, which are selected based on a history of exceptional installation quality and warranty claim performance.

“We are honored to accept this great achievement for the second consecutive year, and look forward to many more,” said Joe Lauberth, General Manager of RSS Roofing Services & Solutions. “This award is Carlisle’s way to acknowledge and thank contractors for whom perfection is the highest priority. The RSS team demonstrates the importance of perfection on every job.”

The Perfection Award is a distinction that recognizes the top tier of Carlisle’s contractors annually. To qualify, contractors must complete a minimum amount of warranted work and number of jobs per year. Recipients are then selected based on installation quality and warranty claim performance.

“Carlisle appreciates contractors who are committed to providing top-quality workmanship and RSS Roofing Services & Solutions exemplifies this philosophy,” said Nick Shears, Carlisle’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Contractors who receive this award have consistently demonstrated high levels of skill and expertise, but what truly sets them apart is their commitment to perfection on every installation.”

For more information on this award, visit Carlisle SynTec Systems’ website here. RSS Roofing Services and Solutions is a nationally-recognized, design-build roofing contractor covering projects of all sizes for the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.


HOK Designs UWSP Chem-Biology Building


Following a May 5, 2016, groundbreaking, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is targeting a 2018 completion for a new $75 million science building.

HOK in association with Madison, Wisconsin-based architectural firm Potter Lawson designed the 176,500-sq.-ft. chemistry biology building. The four-story academic and research facility will contain classrooms, lecture halls, research and teaching labs, faculty and staff offices, and a tropical conservatory. It will be the first major freestanding academic facility built on the UW-Stevens Point campus since 1971.

“The building design links the university’s science programs to create a community of science and research,” said Joseph Ostafi, IV, AIA, LEED AP, Science + Technology practice leader for HOK in St. Louis. “The university also wanted to celebrate science by integrating the building into campus life.”

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s student-centered education prepares students for their future science careers while encouraging community outreach and ecological stewardship. The new Chemistry Biology Building is located along a major pathway connecting student housing with the university’s’ social amenity spaces.

The design also puts science on display throughout the building with electronic kiosks and high visibility into biology labs and the tropical conservatory, which will be open to all students and visitors. The first floor will also feature artwork inspired by the natural environment. Inside the building, teaching spaces will be clearly visible to students and campus visitors.

To integrate academic and research functions, the design purposefully places research, instructional and prep spaces close to each other to enable equipment sharing. Flexible classroom configurations include movable furniture that accommodates collaboration among teams of varying sizes. State-of-the-art technology will facilitate hands-on learning and research.

The team incorporated several sustainable design strategies. Large windows optimize daylighting, while mechanical and electrical systems are highly efficient. The facility is projected to use 40 percent less energy and 26 percent less water compared to a conventional design. In addition to the conservatory, green space around the building includes bioswales and rain gardens. The third floor has an outdoor patio with a rooftop garden and space for casual gatherings.

Wisconsin-based Miron Construction Co. will be the general contractor.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.


New Wentzville Hotel Hampton Inn to be Completed by March, 2017


MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, recently broke ground on the new Hampton Inn by Hilton.  Sister company Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, will manage the property, which is scheduled to be completed by March, 2017.

The $12 million hotel will be located at 150 Wentzville Bluffs Dr. in Wentzville, Mo. in a new development called Wentzville Bluffs.  The 64,000-square-foot hotel will have 109 rooms and suites.  The property will feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, meeting rooms, and backyard seating areas with a grill and gazebo.

“The Wentzville Bluffs development provides numerous amenities within walking distance of the Hampton Inn for our guests,” said Midas Hospitality’s Managing Member and CEO David Robert.  “A new state-of-the-art B & B Movie Theatre, Planet Fitness, Stone Summit Steak House, and Hot Shots Sports Bar surround the hotel.”




Washington University School of Medicine Insulation Upgrade


Insulation Services & Solutions Upgrades at Washington University School of Medicine – Department of Radiation Oncology 

WU Sch Med 3The Department of Radiation Oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine is one of the leading developers of new and innovative treatments for cancer patients. The headquarters, located near the Washington University Medical Center campus in St. Louis, has undergone a renovation to update the facility with the latest amenities.

A necessary requirement of this renovation was replacing the outdated and severely damaged insulation on the indoor and outdoor HVAC ducts and water pipes. The ductwork and piping systems on the roof had been badly damaged over time by weather, corrosion and foot traffic, and the interior insulation was worn and outdated.

The Washington University School of Medicine staff trusted ISS Insulation Services & Solutions to provide a completely new insulation system for these infrastructure components. ISS installed 9,000 sq. ft. of exterior ductwork wrapped with 2” polyisocyanyrate insulation board. This insulation was covered with a poly guard jacket for increased thermal efficiency and sloped for improved water drainage. ISS also insulated the exterior water piping with fiberglass insulation covered with an aluminum jacket and PVC Fitting Covers to prevent damage. The piping was equipped with heat trace cables to prevent freezing in cold weather. The valves on the piping system were insulated with rubber and coated with a weather-resistant paint. Additionally, ISS re-insulated the chilled water piping in the rooftop air handling unit penthouse and the lower-level mechanical room.

WU Sch Med 1This project presented a number of challenges for ISS, from the cold weather during the winter months to the tight proximity of the ductwork on the roof. ISS built their own scaffolding system to properly install insulation in hard-to-reach areas and used their expertise to overcome the difficult spacing issues between the ductwork.

At the conclusion of the project, ISS had installed a state-of-the-art mechanical insulation system throughout the entire facility of this growing medical research center. With its protective coatings and strategically placed weather-resistant features, the insulation system will benefit the facility for years to come.


Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Celebrates 75th Anniversary


Lawrence FMS Past

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures is celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2916 with the following goals: provide a safe work environment for employees to master their skills, foster an environment that promotes continual improvement, and produce a quality product that meets or exceeds our customer’s expectations.


Lawrence Canvas Products Company opened their doors on May 16, 1941, manufacturing and selling tarpaulins, truck and trailer covers. In 1984, the company grew to a full service company, manufacturing and installing awnings and tents. In 1996, the name of the company changed to Lawrence Fabric Structures to better describe the wide range of fabric products that anchored the core business as they moved into a 68,000-square-foot plant in West St. Louis County.


As the company continued to grow into the 21st Century with the addition of exhibit and architectural elements, metal products became an essential part of the business. As metal components and metal awnings became a mainstay part of the business, “Metal” was added to the name, thus becoming Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures in January 2010.


On December 5, 2012, Lawrence earned ISO 9001 certification from Alliance International Registrar, LLC, for successfully implementing a management system. They re-certified onDecember 4, 2015, which is good through December 3, 2018.


As of October 21, 2015, Lawrence is employee-owned. The newly implemented employee stock ownership plan will promote continued success and customer satisfaction.


To learn more about Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc. visit their website:

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