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AAIPharma / Cambridge Major Laboratories to Invest $10.7M in New Facility at Cortex Innovation Center in St. Louis, MO


AAIPharma Services Corp./Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc. (AAI/CML), a leading provider of custom manufacturing and development services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, announced this week the planned investment of at least $10.7 Million to relocate its St. Louis, MO analytical testing facility to the Cortex Innovation Center.

The new facility is a response to increased customer demand and the growing trend of analytical testing outsourcing within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. It will house state-of-the-art equipment in addition to its existing service offerings, and will provide new testing capabilities to meet industry and changing regulatory requirements, such as glass and plastic containers testing for pharmaceutical use, elemental impurities, disinfectant qualification and efficacy studies.

AAIPharma will occupy 37,500-square-feet of the new 4260 Building under construction at 4260 Forest Park Boulevard by a team of St. Louis contractors led by a Tarlton/Interface joint venture. The structural completion and build-out are due to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2016. 4260 is a three-story, 60,000-square-foot structure that also will serve as the home TechShop St. Louis. Cannon Design is the building architect.

Stability chambers at the new facility will be operational prior to AAIPharma moving in so as not to interrupt any studies. Transfer of stability samples to the new facility will occur using temperature controlled equipment and will be monitored to ensure no deviations from specified conditions.

“We are thrilled to welcome AAIPharma / Cambridge Major Labs to our dynamic innovation community,” said Dennis Lower, president of Cortex. “While our recent growth has come from software technology companies like Uber and Square joining Cortes, adding a progressive leader in the bioscience space builds on another one of our core strengths.”

AAI/CML provides innovative analytical testing solutions for manufacturers’ new drug entities, generic drugs, animal health products, medicated consumer health products, chemicals and biopharmaceuticals. Its analytical testing business is comprised of three centers of excellence in St. Louis, MO; Wilmington, NC; andEdison, NJ to serve its regional, national and global customers.

Its current St. Louis, MO facility employs approximately 80 full time staff and specializes in chemical and microbiological analytical testing including raw material testing, drug product release, stability, and environmental monitoring for both sterile and non-sterile drugs.

Cortex, founded in 2002, is home to more than 200 software, consumer product and bioscience technology firms, ranging from mature enterprises such as DuPont, Boeing, AB Mauri, Square, Stereotaxis, the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and Washington University among others, to promising early-stage startups like Aisle411, CoFactor Genomics, and Pushup Social.


City of O’Fallon, Mo., Selects McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. For Its New Justice Center


Following a diligent selection process, the City of O’Fallon, Mo., has retained McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. to serve as construction manager for the city’s new Justice Center. In this role, McCarthy will function as the City’s agent for the preconstruction and construction phases of the 80,000+ square-foot facility.

To be located on Bryan Road, south of Veterans Memorial Parkway, the new justice center will house a police station and municipal court. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the needs of a modern police force while enabling the City of O’Fallon to continue providing the highest level of service to its residents and businesses and enable the department to grow to meet the projected needs through 2040.

In April 2015, O’Fallon residents approved a $28.7-million bond issue and property tax increase to finance the new facility. The city selected Wilson Estes Police Architects to design the new building.

“This project will provide much needed space for critical services within the city, allowing us to continue providing quality services to our residents and businesses and attract the most professional officers and staff,” said Mayor Bill Hennessy, City of O’Fallon. “We recognize the strong bond between our residents and our officers, and we appreciate their trust and support in making this project a reality. With the assistance of McCarthy and Wilson Estes, we will ensure that this project is both fiscally responsible and one our residents can all take pride in.”

“McCarthy is honored to collaborate with the City of O’Fallon on this important project,” said Ryan Freeman Vice President of Operations at McCarthy. “As a national leader in justice projects and a local leader in construction, we understand the challenges facing municipalities and local governments, and we are committed to providing the best project outcome.”

Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in late Spring 2016 and complete in late 2017.


TRiSTAR Properties Launches Two Speculative Distribution Centers Totaling1.13 Million Square Feet


Combined Value of Projects is $49 Million; Projected to Create 500+ New Jobs When Occupied

TRiSTAR Properties has begun development of two mega-cube speculative distribution centers initially totaling 1.13 million square feet at Gateway Commerce Center, a 2,300-acre logistics and bulk distribution park outside Edwardsville, Ill. Teaming with TRiSTAR to fund the $49 million venture is PCCP, LLC a national real estate finance and investment management company.

Based on statistical benchmarks, when leased the buildings are projected to produce a minimum of 500 new jobs said TRiSTAR President Michael Towerman.  All told, an estimated 5,500 people currently work at Gateway.

One new structure, Gateway East 618, is being built on a 53-acre site and will span 618,450 square feet with 36’ clear-height ceilings. The cross-docked facility will be 570 feet deep with 68 dock doors and two drive-in doors. The other tilt-up concrete building, Gateway East 513, will host 513,760 square feet on a 46-acre site and be topped by a 32’ clear height ceiling. Also cross-docked, the building will be 520 feet deep with 58 dock doors and two drive-in doors. Each building is sited to be expandable to more than 1,000,000 square feet.

According to Ed Lampitt, SIOR, CCIM and managing director of the St. Louis office of Cushman Wakefield, the exclusive leasing agent for the Gateway venture, the 618 building is scheduled to be available for occupancy in late summer, 2016 with the 513 building tenant-ready later in the fall.

“Gateway Commerce Center is widely acknowledged as one of the leading distribution parks in the Midwest. With 15 bulk buildings containing nearly 11 million square feet under roof, it is a development in which the St. Louis region can take great pride,” said Lampitt. “Our rationale in beginning a pair of buildings simultaneously is to cut a broad swath in the marketplace. We want to offer prospective national tenants a choice – and an excellent match – in their pursuit of highly efficient and expandable bulk space configurations.”

TRiSTAR’s St. Louis-based project team for the buildings include Contegra Construction, general contractor; Gray Design Group, architect; and Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.; civil engineer.

TRiSTAR-PCCP JV Leading STL Industrial Market Rebound

Gateway East 617 and Gateway East 513 will be the third and fourth distribution facilities jointly developed by TRiSTAR and PCCP at Gateway in the past two years.  In 2014, the duo teamed to develop a 673,137-square-foot distribution center occupied in May, 2015 by Florida-based third-party logistics provider Saddle Creek Corp. The $26 million structure was the first speculative industrial building constructed in St. Louis since 2007.

TRiSTAR and PCCP next partnered to recently complete a $36 million, 717,060-square-foot center on a 56-acre site at Gateway. According to Lampitt, while the building is not yet occupied, lease negotiations are on-going.

In addition to Saddle Creek, Gateway tenants include Dial Corp., GENCO ATCThe Hershey CompanyOzburn-Hessey LogisticsProctor & GambleSave-A-LotSchneider NationalUnileverUSF Logistics, Walgreens and Yazaki of North America.

Institutions with holdings in Gateway include Goldrich & Kest IndustriesJ.P. Morgan & Co.Multi-Employer Property Trust, Prologis Real Estate Investment Trust, UBS Realty Investors (the U.S. subsidiary of Union Bank of Switzerland) and USAA.


CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services Group Completes Appraisal for High Profile Clayton, MO Apartment Project


CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services Group announced this week the completion of its appraisal assignment for a luxury mixed-use apartment and retail building located at 25 N. Central Avenue in Clayton, Missouri.

The assignment was undertaken on behalf of the construction lender, Missouri-based Central Bank of St. Louis, whose client, Opus Development, has started construction of the project. Opus has estimated the cost of the project at $41 million.

“We were happy to play a role in the financing of this luxury apartment building—one of several currently under construction in Clayton,” said Doug Zink, MAI, CCIM and a Director in CBRE’s Valuation & Advisory Services Group who headed the team appraising the project. “Quick and accurate information was provided to the lender and we look forward to seeing this important project for the city of Clayton move forward.”

Located on Clayton’s commercial strip, the six-story building will include 120 units, 13,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and two levels of below grade parking. Balke Brown Transwestern is the leasing agent for the retail space.

Electrical supply distributor Graybar bought the site in 2011 to block development of any high-rise structure that would overshadow the company’s adjacent 10-story headquarters building.


Vertegy Helps Washington University’s New Brown School Of Social Work Facility Earn Leed Platinum Certification


St. Louis-based Vertegy, which has already helped a significant number of buildings in the St. Louis region earn LEED certification, has added another local project to its portfolio. The sustainability consulting firm was recently notified by the U.S. Green Building Council that the George Warren Brown School of Social Work’s Hillman Hall building, which was constructed as part of an expansion on Washington University’s Danforth Campus, has earned LEED Platinum certification. Vertegy has consulted on over 50 LEED Certified buildings since its founding in 2005 and that number now includes 20 LEED Platinum facilities.

The Brown School, which now encompasses three buildings, is the top-rated social work school in the country. The addition of Hillman Hall doubled the teaching, research and program space for the school’s social work and public health programs. The new building consists of approximately 104,000 square feet on four occupied levels, plus a mechanical basement. At the heart of the building is the two-story Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Forum, a 4,000-square-foot multi-purpose venue for banquets, town hall meetings, lectures and conferences. The space also serves daily as a lounge and informal dining space and is located next to the Café’, which also includes its own dining area. The building also features classrooms, offices, study spaces and a rooftop garden.

The expansion was designed and developed to include sustainable design principles emphasizing energy efficiency, water conservation, regional materials, long-term durability, air quality, comfort, connection to nature, wellness and future adaptability. As sustainability consultant on the project, Vertegy played a key role in helping the team reach its sustainability goals. To facilitate LEED implementation and documentation, LEED meetings were held weekly with all critical members of the project team, including the owner and contractor.

Sustainable efforts were made to retain and treat water on-site through vegetated swales, rain gardens, and ultra-low flow fixtures. Access to daylight and views was optimized for learning and working spaces.  Washington University’s campus standards include achieving 30 percent over ASHRAE 90.1 (a standard benchmark for commercial building energy codes in the United States), along with an extensive measurement and verification program. In line with the university’s vision, the Brown School made significant strides in energy efficiency, overcoming the substantial challenge of the school’s District Energy System. Extensive energy modeling was performed to inform design decisions, and on-site energy production strategies were employed.

“Brown School’s vision to be innovative, impactful and to promote a sustainable and universally accessible environment is definitely reflected in the design of the new expansion,” said Thomas Taylor, principal of Vertegy. “We were thrilled to be such an integral part of helping Washington University and the project team meet their sustainable goals. This new state-of-the-art facility will not only provide a healthier and more energy-efficient environment for students, staff and visitors but will also serve as a model for other college campuses for years to come.”

Other members of the project team included Alberici Constructors; Moore, Rubell, Yudel (design architect); Mackey Mitchell Architects (consultant architect); Andropogen (landscape architect); Buro Happold (MEP, life safety, MEP sustainability consultant); Cole Engineering (civil engineer); KPFF (structural engineer); Sextant (AV consultant); KJWW (commissioning authority) and Accentech (acoustic consultant).

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McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. Announces Additional Leadership News


St. Louis-based development company is well positioned for future growth

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., one of the nation’s leading for-profit developers of economically-integrated urban neighborhoods, is pleased to announce organizational changes that successfully position the development company for future decades.

As announced previously, Vince Bennett has been appointed President of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. Mr. Bennett previously served as Chief Operating Officer for the firm. Mr. Bennett has established an Executive Committee comprised of Mr. Bennett and the following senior staff:

Duffy, MikeMike Duffy is becoming Chief Operating Officer of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.  Mr. Duffy was previously Senior Vice President and Director of Project Finance.  As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Duffy will oversee the operations of the development arm and will hold executive responsibility over development finance, design and construction and quality assurance.  Mr. Duffy joined McCormack Baron Salazar in 2005 and has more than fifteen years of experience in the redevelopment of urban communities.

Freeman, YusefYusef Freeman is becoming Managing Director of New Business forMcCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., and will lead new business development nationally for the firm. Previously, Mr. Freeman was the head of the San Francisco office where he worked on the development of mixed-income, mixed-finance, multi-family housing and commercial real estate in Northern California. He also served as the lead project manager for the Harmony Oak HOPE VI in New Orleans. Yusef joined McCormack Baron Salazar in 2006 as part of the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence fellowship program out of the University of Pennsylvania.

Manley, MegMeg Manley is becoming Managing Director of Development of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.  Ms. Manley was previously Senior Vice President – Project Management.  As the Managing Director, she will oversee a team of Senior Vice Presidents, Project Managers and Associates, through the development process. Ms. Manley joined the firm in 2012 and has nineteen years of experience in the affordable housing industry. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Housing Advisory Group, a national housing advocacy group.

Hartmann, KimKim Hartmann is joining the Executive Committee in her role as Corporate Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Hartmann joined McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. in 2007 as Controller and has served as CFO since 2011.  Ms. Hartmann has more than twenty years of experience in real estate accounting. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. is a nationally-acclaimed leader of affordable urban housing development.


S. M. Wilson Selected for $31 Million Renovation & Expansion of University Library & Commons At Millikin University


S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected to renovate and expand the University Commons at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.  The $31 million, 85,000 square foot project will focus on renovating and reconfiguring the existing Staley Library and building a large addition to the structure.

When completed, the University Commons will feature the Staley Library, a new Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, the WJMU radio station, a New Technologies Studio and the University’s Math Center, Writing Center and Media Arts Center. The expanded University Commons will feature space for dining areas including a marketplace food court, a grill/bistro, a cafe and a large, dividable conference/banquet space.  Other features will include the Center for International Education, Student Success Center, Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement and spaces for collaboration and student organizations.

The project is scheduled to begin in February, 2016 and be completed in time for the start of the Fall 2017 semester.  S. M. Wilson will provide pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services for the project.  Architect for the project is Hastings + Chivetta.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.


Spellman Brady Completes Thogmorton Center at Central Methodist University


Firm Provided Interior Design, Furniture and Artwork Selection Services

Spellman Brady & Company recently completed the interior design for The Thogmorton Center for Allied Health at Central Methodist University (CMU) in Fayette, Missouri. Spellman Brady & Company was responsible for the complete interior design, furniture, artwork and signage for the $6 million, 25,000 square-foot project.

The Thogmorton Center is a two-story classroom and lab building for Allied Health Professionals.  The new building, which opened in late August, houses CMU’s on-campus nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy programs.  The building’s main level is primarily classroom and instructional space.  There are four general classrooms, two specialty Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy (OT/PT) classrooms, a specialty OT/PT life skills lab and two athletic training classrooms.


The lower level of the building houses staff offices, a computer lab and additional study/collaboration spaces along with the facilities two main simulation labs. The larger of the two labs is an eight bed space with a central nurses station, control room for video/observations, two debriefing/conference rooms and physician’s office exam room.  The smaller simulation lab has a physician’s office exam room in addition to two emergency room bed spaces and computer records positions.

Spellman Brady & Company, a nationally recognized, woman-owned interior planning and procurement firm, collaborated with PWArchitects Inc. of Columbia, Missouri and Coil Construction, the project’s general contractor.


EFCO Corporation, a Pella Company Announces New Vice President of Sales


Doug Zacharias, a LEED Accredited Professional and certified Construction Document Technologist (CDT) is the new vice president of sales for EFCO Corporation; a manufacturer of architectural windows, curtain walls, storefronts and entry systems designed for commercial construction needs and a subsidiary of Pella Corporation.

“Doug is a welcome addition to the EFCO team,” said Cameron McGinley, president of EFCO Corporation. “Doug’s commercial industry background will support our focus on customer service, our project design amenities and our new products, such as our new windows and engineered curtainwalls.”

Zacharias has gained extensive experience in marketing, sales and management during his 25-year career. Before joining EFCO, Zacharias was the executive vice president of national accounts with Oldcastle Glass where he helped to launch their commercial projects platform. Zacharias earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and marketing from Minnesota State University and will be based in Atlanta, Georgia. Zacharias’ appointment was effective January 4.

Headquartered in Monett, Mo., EFCO Corporation, provides innovative customer solutions to satisfy commercial design challenges from historical replication to cutting-edge new construction.


$15,000 In College Scholarships Awarded By Site Improvement Association To Six Local Students


The SITE Improvement Association has awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to six deserving St. Louis area students seeking to start or further their college education in 2016. High school seniors and college students with a parent employed by a SITE member company are eligible for the $2,500 scholarships, which are based on students’ academic achievements, involvement in the community and financial need.  SITE awarded $2,500 scholarships to the following students:

  • Hannah Beckmann, a junior this Fall at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. Hannah was sponsored by Nor-Vel Grading and Excavating
  • Rachel Reininger, a senior this Fall at Maryville University in St. Louis County. Rachel was sponsored by Gershenson Construction
  • Morgan Hartwig, a senior at Troy Buchanon High School planning to attend University of Missouri-Kansas City in the Fall.  Morgan was sponsored by Byrne & Jones Construction
  • Allison McGarvey, a senior at Perryville High School planning to attend Lindenwood University in St. Charles in the fall.  Allison was sponsored by Castle Contracting
  • Courtney Kauffman, a senior this Fall at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.  Courtney was sponsored by Nooter Corporation
  • Cassondra Busch, a sophomore this Fall at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Cassondra was sponsored by Fred Weber, Inc.

SITE scholarships are made possible through voluntary contributions by SITE member companies and from the SITE Advancement Foundation.  This is the 15th consecutive year that SITE, has awarded scholarships to deserving college or college-bound students.  More than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 127 students during that time.

Our members have been extremely supportive of helping high school and college students further their education,” said SITE Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “SITE has one of the largest continuous college scholarship programs in the St. Louis area.”

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 165 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.