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HOK’s St. Louis Office Raises Over $37,000 for United Way


HOK’s St. Louis office recently completed its annual weeklong campaign to raise money for United Way of Greater St. Louis. Exceeding their $28,000 goal by more than 30 percent, HOK’s employees in St. Louis contributed $37,303 to United Way.

“HOK’s St. Louis office has contributed to the success of United Way of Greater St. Louis over the last 15 years,” said Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of the local affiliate. “We appreciate the continued support and consistent generosity of the employees who help so many people through their annual campaigns.”

With a theme of “HOK Office Olympics,” this year’s weeklong campaign in HOK’s office at 10 South Broadway included luncheons, a silent auction, grand prize raffles, and daily games and giveaways. Employees came together for an international lunch buffet and an ice cream social, with all proceeds benefitting the United Way.

“Going back to our founding in St. Louis in 1955, giving back to the communities in which we live and work has always been a core value for HOK,” said Lance Cage, LEED AP, the firm’s managing principal in St. Louis. “One in three people living in our community receives help through United Way’s agencies and programs. We believe that contributing to United Way is the best way to support a wide variety of essential health and human service needs across the St. Louis region. I’m incredibly proud and humbled by the generosity of our studio.”

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed.


Kirberg Company Receives BBB 2016 Torch Award


Eric Kirberg, president of Kirberg Company, proudly announces that the company has received the coveted 2016 BBB TORCH Award.  The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois presented the award.  The award recognizes their commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices.  Kirberg Company has been a leader in the commercial and residential roofing industry for 97 years.  Eric Kirberg accepted the award Thursday October 27th at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.

“BBB’s TORCH Awards celebrate exceptional companies with great customer service and ethics,” said Scott Mosby, BBB board chair and chief executive of Mosby Building Arts. “Start with Trust, honor the exceptional and learn from the best, is our practice within St. Louis BBB. These companies and charities are examples to emulate for anyone who wants to be trusted in the marketplace.”

Lara Toledo, Executive Director of the Center for Women in Transition, nominated Kirberg Company for the TORCH Award.  In 2015, Kirberg Company donated $36,000 in labor and materials to install a new roof at the Baker House.

“We are all extremely grateful for the generous donation of a complete roof replacement from Kirberg in 2015,” Laura Toledo stated. “They also coordinated with other contractors to make sure that the job was done well and at no cost to the agency. Kirberg has continued to support the mission of the Center for Women in Transition in numerous ways since then. Kirberg is an excellent company that is dedicated to its community.”

Through practicing and promoting restorative justice, the center assists women in the criminal justice system in making a successful transition back to their families and communities. Baker House is one of two transitional living facilities ran by the center. The women are offered safe, stable housing as they make the difficult transition from incarceration back to their communities and families. Residents receive case management, life skills instruction, guidance from volunteer mentors, assistance with locating jobs, and accessing other resources, such as substance abuse treatment, medical and mental health care.

“We were delighted to be able to help our friends at the Center for Women in Transition,” said Eric Kirberg, President, Kirberg Company. “The Center provides a wonderful service here in town, and a new roof was badly needed. Now the apartment building will remain open to help hundreds of women for years to come.”

In its nearly 100 years of service to the St. Louis community, Kirberg Company has installed almost every type of roof.  After emigrating from Germany, Eric’s great-grandfather founded the business in 1920 and began installing slate and tile roofs.  Once Eric’s father took over in the 1970s, the company dedicated energies to becoming experts in newer technologies which included roofing systems for flat roofs, such as EPDM, TPO, and Modified.  Today, Kirberg Company services nearly every type of roof system from slate and tile, to flat roof applications.  They are also capable of installing green roof systems and solar roofing systems.

Over the years, Kirberg Company has expanded by acquiring companies in Kansas City, Kansas, and Springfield, Missouri.  Recently Kirberg has opened a new office in Springdale, Arkansas. Their reach allows Kirberg to service clients from coast to coast. Major retailers nationwide are among Kirberg’s regular customers.

Kirberg’s field personnel are all union members. By working closely with the union, the company can provide its employees top-notch training to sharpen hands-on skills and safety protocols. Kirberg rewards employees who exhibit conscientious safety awareness, remain accident free, and consistently demonstrates exceptional performance.

With 90 field employees in St. Louis and approximately 50 in its other branches, Kirberg Company is committed to exceeding customer expectations.

“Getting roofs done right the first time, that’s always been our motto,” Kirberg said. “When our roofers are as good as they are, it’s easy to have good customer service when the work is almost perfect.”

Kirberg company is located at 1400 South Third Street in downtown St. Louis. Learn more about Kirberg Company at

BBB is a nonprofit, business-supported organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior.

PHOTO CAPTION: Michelle Corey, St. Louis BBB president and CEO, Eric Kirberg, President of Kirberg Company and emcee Chris Nagus, News 4 investigative reporter.


Central Collinsville Health Center for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation


Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies today announced it has been hired by JCH Collinsville, LLC, to build a 12,000-square-foot medical office building at 1215 Vandalia Street in Collinsville. A groundbreaking ceremony held in September at the site officially kicked-off construction of the Central Collinsville Health Center for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF).

SIHF is expected to occupy the space upon completion in March 2017. The health center will include three physician providers, a behavioral health provider and a dental provider. The building is conveniently located on IL-159 next to Cedarhurst Assisted Living.

“The new Central Collinsville Health Center continues SIHF’s mission to bring healthcare directly to the patients who need it most,” said Larry McCulley, president & CEO of SIHF. “Through this relationship with IMPACT Strategies and our other partners, we can ensure the residents of Collinsville will have easy access to comprehensive, integrated care once the center is complete.”

Working in collaboration with IMPACT Strategies on the Central Collinsville Health Center project are Paul Sabal of Bates Architecture of St. Louis, Missouri, Braddock Architectural Services of O’Fallon, Illinois, and Netemeyer Engineering Associates of Aviston, Illinois.

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.


Aegion Corporation Receives Project of the Year Honors for Two Infrastructure Solutions Projects


Aegion Corporation (“Aegion” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq Global Select Market: AEGN) today announced that Trenchless Technology magazine has recognized two pipeline projects from Aegion’s Infrastructure Solutions platform in its 2016 annual awards for top trenchless pipeline construction projects in North America. Aegion’s recently acquired Fusible PVC® pipe technology received top honors in the New Installation category while the InsituMain® cured-in-place pipe (“CIPP”) technology received Runner-Up honors in the Rehabilitation category.

Aegion’s project that rehabilitated approximately 1,200 feet of a 12-inch pressure pipeline received recognition as Project of the Year Runner-Up in the Rehabilitation category. The next-generation InsituMain® CIPP product infused with specialized glass materials for increased structural stability was used on the project. Completion of the project required working with multiple government entities, general contractors and engineers during the planning phase and included installation during inclement weather in Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon State Park.In the New Installation category, more than 14,000 feet of Fusible PVC® pipe was used in two long distance horizontal directional drill (HDD) casing installations to house 230 kV power transmission lines beneath an environmentally sensitive area for a large southeast utility. Frank Firsching, President of Aegion’s Infrastructure Solutions platform, said, “This project set the record for our longest HDD installation of Fusible PVC® pipe to date, and tested the ingenuity of our engineering and operations teams to solve the unique technical and logistical challenges presented by twin 7,000 linear foot crossings under the intercoastal waterway. The successful completion of this project is the latest demonstration of the advantages of Fusible PVC® pipe in long distance HDD projects. It also demonstrates the benefits of non-metallic casings in underground power transmission applications.”

Charles R. Gordon, President and CEO of Aegion, said, “I am proud our Company has been recognized by Trenchless Technology for these two projects, which demonstrate the versatility of our technologies as well as the expertise of our sales, engineering and operations teams. Aegion acquired Underground Solutions’ Fusible PVC® pipe technology to not only strengthen our portfolio of pipeline rehabilitation technologies, primarily in pressure pipe applications, but also to add an experienced and dedicated sales force able to work with customers to promote our entire range of engineered solutions. These projects are examples of our commitment to work with customers to provide the best, long lasting solutions to meet their pipeline needs.”


New HOK/CoreNet Global Report Explores Impact of Coworking on Corporate Real Estate


HOK’s WorkPlace practice, in partnership with the UK Chapter of CoreNet Global, has released a new report that studies the impact of coworking from a corporate real estate (CRE) perspective.

Coworking is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the commercial real estate market. The new report, Coworking: A Corporate Real Estate Perspective, examines the drivers of coworking from the demand and supply sides, the industry risks and implications for corporate real estate, as well as information about the owners, coworkers and centers.

The HOK/CoreNet Global Coworking report highlights the ideas that changing business priorities and the need to attract talented people, reduce real estate costs, improve speed to innovation and increase productivity are driving corporations to consider different workplace models, including on- and off-site coworking.

“Although coworking space makes up less than one percent of the world’s office space, it represents an important workforce trend and highlights the strong desire of today’s employees to have workplace choices, community and flexibility,” said Kay Sargent, director of WorkPlace at HOK. “Driven by demand factors, including next-generation work styles and the desire for real estate portfolio agility, C-suite executives from human resources, operations, real estate and finance are increasingly interested in how coworking affects their work practices and policies—and how they need to design, manage and operate their workplaces.”

Key findings from the Coworking report also include:

The coworking concept is evolving to comprise accelerators, incubators and maker spaces. It reaches beyond office settings to include college campuses, retail locations, hotels and libraries.

The impact of coworking spaces on CRE includes providing new uses for older properties and for underutilized spaces in existing facilities.

The lowest engagement levels are found in employees who never work remotely. The highest employee engagement levels occur among those who work remotely less than 20% of the time.

Many coworking centers emerged in a time of high unemployment and low rents. But 54% of the coworkers will leave a specific location in less than a year. The high turnover and tenant instability challenge coworking centers to maintain profitability. They are vulnerable to market conditions and new competitors.

“For corporate occupiers and other real estate professionals, the coworking trend is worth watching, exploring and testing,” said Curtis Knapp, director of consulting for HOK. “It is a way to add flexibility to the portfolio and help match the ebb and flow of supply and demand. It can be one solution to the many challenges posed by the changing nature of both work and worker.”

HOK Coworking Report


McGrath Completes Construction on $1.9 Million Expansion & Renovation of Pi Beta Phi International Headquarters in St. Louis


McGrath & Associates has completed construction on the $1.9 million expansion and renovation of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women international headquarters in St. Louis. HKW was the architect.

The expansion connects to Pi Beta Phi’s international headquarters building on Town and Country Commons Drive in west St. Louis County, which McGrath built in 2002.

The 4,200-square-foot two-story expansion includes an enlarged break room, conference room and mailroom on the first floor, and office space and expanded archives on the second floor. The layout of the existing building also was adjusted to add new offices.

Interior finish improvements were made to approximately 65 percent of the existing building space, which was fully occupied during the renovation. McGrath installed temporary workspaces and coordinated extensively with Pi Beta Phi to allow their staff to maintain day-to-day operations.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.


Grant Contracting has been named a 2016 Safety Advantage Award Winner by the Mason Contractors Association of America


The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) presented the MCAA Safety Advantage Awards to six companies on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, during the MCAA Midyear Meeting Board Meeting. The goal of the MCAA Safety Advantage Awards is to help draw attention to the needs and benefits of performing and working safely.

The MCAA Safety Advantage Awards are presented based on a mason contractor’s incident rate. Awards were presented to the top companies with greater than 100,000 hours worked by all employees, and the top companies with less than 100,000 hours worked by all employees.

Grant Contracting Co. is a St. Louis-based Certified Mason Contractor, and has been providing quality masonry craftsmanship, in a safe and timely manner for seventy years.


The Korte Company Will Begin Work On A $15 Million Health Center For The Utah Navajo Health System


Construction is scheduled to begin shortly on a 51,576 square foot outpatient health center in Montezuma Creek, Utah. When completed in early 2018, the two-story medical facility will serve the residents of Montezuma Creek as well as the surrounding communities.

The first floor of the health center features 36 exam rooms, 2 treatment rooms, an infusion room, and a laboratory with blood drawing stations. The imaging department supports a radiographic unit with ultra-sound capabilities. A 10-chair dental clinic, behavioral health suite, and space for occupational and physical therapy are incorporated into the overall plan, as well as a pharmacy with a drive-up window. Lobby areas, patient registration, waiting areas and a snack bar are also part of the first floor layout.

Administrative offices, conference rooms, demonstration kitchen, and a break room with an exterior patio area will be housed on the second floor, along with an employee fitness room, locker room and showers.

The overall site plan includes 112 patient and 59 staff parking areas, a helipad, stand-alone main distribution frame room and emergency generator. Landscape areas include native grasses, shrubbery and trees.

The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Highland, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma; and Las Vegas, Nevada. The company manages, on average, an excess of $250 million in annual construction volume.

The Korte Company’s project expertise includes building for federal, state and local government agencies as well as the design and construction of healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, schools, recreation centers and office complexes.


Local Contractors Complete Energy Retrofit At Missouri Athletic Club


Trane Co. and several local subcontractors recently completed lighting and HVAC retrofit at the historic Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Downtown Clubhouse in St. Louis. Built in 1915, the MAC is believed to be the first building west of the Mississippi River with an air conditioning system, which was installed between 1934 and 1941.

“The total cost of the project is about $2.3, million but the savings generated from this new, efficient system will pay for the project plus create positive cash flow moving forward,” said Wally Smith, general manager of the MAC. The landmark building in downtown St. Louis is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Trane spent over a year developing the project with the MAC, said Ron Haley, Trane project manager. “We did an energy audit and brought a list of items to the club and the energy savings that would be associated with each one. Then we negotiated with them how much work to do,” he said. Trane guarantees the savings and pays the difference if the savings fall short.

Trane provided the system design and components.

Much of the original HVAC equipment for the 220,000-square-foot MAC Downtown clubhouse building was still in place prior to this project. Trane designed the new system and provided the component.

The project proceeded in two phases covering different parts of the building, Haley said. Corrigan Company handled the heat, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) retrofit and Kaemmerlen Electric the lighting retrofit in Phase 1. Integrated Facility Services (IFS) and performed the HVAC retrofit and Aschinger Electric performed the electrical and lighting retrofit in Phase 2.

IFS replaced the original antiquated air-handling units with new variable air volume (VAV) units and retrofit an existing chiller.

American Boiler reconfigured an unused boiler that had been installed in 1980 but taken offline three years later when the MAC decided to purchase steam from the City of St. Louis. The boiler was reconfigured to operate as a low-pressure system for most of the building. Now fueled by natural gas, the boiler is much more cost-efficient than the previous high-pressure steam-fueled system, due to the rising cost of steam and the 24/7 manpower needed to operate it. IFS installed control components provided by Trane. EMI and TCS installed the control wiring.

Trane then programmed and sequenced the new Building Automation System (BAS) for optimum performance, remote monitoring and control changes. IFS also installed two new water softeners to condition water for the facility’s laundry, dishwashing, showers and sauna.

Trane helped the MAC get financing from the City of St. Louis Set the PACE cleaning-energy financing program and get rebates from Ameren and Laclede Gas.

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Ground Broken For New $10 Million Spec Building At Fenton Logistics Park


Milestone represents another major step forward in KP Development’s plans to transform the former Chrysler site into a logistics park, bring up to 3,000 jobs back to the area

With a ceremonial tossing of the dirt against a backdrop of heavy equipment, construction on a new $10+ million spec building got underway today at the former Chrysler Assembly Plant in Fenton, and the much anticipated Fenton Logistics Park took a giant step forward. Representatives from KP Development, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, Fenton Mayor Mike Polizzi, members of the Fenton Board of Aldermen, members of the project team and other invited guests gathered for the event, where the first building to break ground is expected to be the first of many.

KP Development, the St. Louis-based developer leading the project, has been working diligently over the past few years to breathe new life into the former Chrysler plant since closing on its acquisition of the Chrysler site in November 2014. KP Development has already invested $10 million in site improvements and has been working to line up the local and state incentive packages necessary for the project to continue to advance. Those efforts came to fruition with the recent approval by the St. Louis County Council of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funding for the redevelopment, and approval is anticipated later this year for state supplemental tax increment financing assistance. That public support is paving the way for KP Development to move forward with the next phase of development as the first new building starts to take shape in what will ultimately be a $222 million, 2.1 million-square foot business park.

“The public support for this project is greatly appreciated and was essential to today’s ground breaking, which represents an important phase in the history of St. Louis’ economy and a critical step in making the Fenton Logistics Park a reality,” noted Terry Barnes, Managing Director of KP Development. “This is the right time for this project and we look forward to now accelerating our work to redevelop this site, and ultimately creating thousands of sustained jobs and renewal of an area which once employed so many.”

The first building will be a single story, 160,000 square foot facility located on a 12-acre site in the south east corner of the logistics park and suitable for office, warehouse and multifunction use. It is served by the existing BNSF rail facilities and its access will also be enhanced by a Highway 44 ramp from the future Fenton Logistics Parkway. Sixteen truck docs will be available initially, with the capability to add an additional 18 if needed. KP Development is in discussions with various prospective tenants for the building under development, as well as with various other potential users of the site.

The architect for the building is M&H Architects. Paric is serving as the general contractor. Construction is expected to be completed by late summer 2017.

Through KP Development’s redevelopment plans, more than eight-million square feet of asphalt concrete slabs and parking lots will be removed, two miles of new streets and roadways will be added and an all new utilities infrastructure will be created to serve the needs of the companies and businesses that will call the Fenton Logistics Park home. New electric, gas and water are being finalized to serve the new spec building, and storm water and sanitary improvements are nearing completion.

Bordered by I-44 and strategically situated near the I-44 and I-270 interchange, the Fenton Logistic Park site abuts existing rail access, offering a convenient, easy-to-access Midwest location. It also has the added advantage of a strong and existing workforce. As the local market continues to gain traction as a key Midwestern warehouse and logistics hub, the Fenton Logistics Park will provide new and expanding companies opportunities to establish roots for the next several decades.

“KP Development’s new multi-million dollar facility is a sound investment in the future of Fenton, St. Louis County, and the entire region,” County Executive Steve Stenger said. “I salute all of our partners for their dedication to this project.”

Fenton Mayor Mike Polizzi also expressed his excitement about this latest development with the project. “Anything that advances this project is great for Fenton and great for the entire St. Louis region,” said Polizzi. “Taking this vast, abandoned site and repurposing it in a way that brings significant investment and thousands of new jobs to this area is a real win-win for this area.”

As it is built out and additional tenants are lined up, Fenton Logistics Park is expected to feature nearly 1.2 million square feet of manufacturing, logistics and warehouse space; 480,000 square feet of office/warehouse and flex space; 182,500 square feet of retail, restaurant and hotel space, and 105 acres of land owned by the BNSF Railway for anticipated additional railroad services. The overall development has the potential to result in 2,500 – 3,000 permanent jobs, pumping an estimated $135 million in wages to the region. The actual redevelopment of the site is also expected to create 500-750 construction jobs over the next several years.

To date, KP Development has co-managed and developed over $275 million of office/industrial/retail buildings for Fortune 500 companies. This represents more than 2.5 million square feet in more than a dozen states.

For more information about Fenton Logistics Park, visit

KP Development is a St. Louis-based real estate development firm providing full-service development services for office, industrial, and specialty projects, with a focus on meeting the needs of their clients. To learn more about KP Development, call Terry Barnes (314) 261-7349 or Scott Haley (314) 261-7352 or visit

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