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Serial Entrepreneur Opens Second Grocery Store Location, More to Come

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Chris Goodson


Real estate developer and civic leader Chris Goodson opened his second location of Fields Foods in St. Louis this week, with more stores yet to open this year.

On April 25 the entrepreneur celebrated the grand opening of Fields Foods inside the mixed-use development at 1706 Washington Avenue known as the Monogram on Washington. The nine-story, 315,000-square-foot, building – known for its historic significance as a women’s hat-making factory and warehouse in the 1900s – welcomed 168 luxury apartments in 2018, built by PARIC. On Thursday, Goodson’s 17,000- square-foot Fields Foods opened and occupies half of the building’s ground floor.

Goodson said Fields Foods’ expansion beyond its original site in Lafayette Square is part of a concerted effort to bring wholesome, reasonably priced grocery options downtown.

“Our first store opened five years ago in Lafayette Square,” said Goodson, noting that his development firm, Gilded Age, also paved the way for a Walgreens and a 63-loft development at that same site where the former City Hospital operated years ago. A total of 104 condominiums and Butler Pantry’s Palladium are also part of this development. BSI Constructors and The Lawrence Group were partners in these revitalization projects, he added. “Fields Foods was a great addition that really helped fill out the neighborhood,” he said. “Our brand-new store inside the Monogram fills a similar need…it’s a locally operated, locally focused grocery store in an area that for a long time had been a food desert.”

Local project partners that built out the new Fields Foods downtown include St. Louis-based Fixture Contracting, Reinhold Electric and Maplewood Plumbing.

Fields Foods’ third St. Louis location, anticipated to open later this year, is at Euclid and Delmar. Goodson said the 9,000-square-foot, bodega-style store complements 100-plus apartments in a similar mixed-use development, this one spearheaded by Cullinan Group.

Location number four of Fields Foods, a 16,000-square-foot layout in Dogtown, is also online for completion in late 2019.

“Our business model is ‘a third, a third and a third,’” said Goodson. “One-third healthy prepared foods, one-third local vendors (150 of them) and one-third St. Louis favorites such as toasted ravioli and staple sodas and snacks. St. Louis has been about dots (of development). The dots are starting to connect in the neighborhoods of our city, and Downtown West is part of that. It’s all synergistic. More building will come from the mixed-use apartment/amenity developments that are in existence now in St. Louis’ urban areas. It’s an exciting time,” he said.

Photos by Jen Singleton

Wiegmann Associates completes HVAC work for new retail and office building at the Streets of St. Charles

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Wiegmann Associates has completed HVAC work for the new $8.3 million retail and office building at the Streets of St. Charles development in St. Charles, MO. Wiegmann served as the mechanical contractor and provided value engineering services for the 60,000-square-foot building. The general contractor was Brinkmann Constructors. The architect was Oculus Inc.

Wiegmann’s HVAC design solution features an energy efficient, high-performing Rooftop Variable Air Volume (VAV) HVAC system to serve the new three-story building. The building features retail spaces on the first floor and offices on the top two floors, which Wiegmann will finish for the new tenant, Elekta.

Wiegmann’s value engineering of the system, including right-sizing equipment and streamlining duct design, saved more than 43 percent on upfront HVAC costs. Wiegmann also designed and installed a custom Delta Controls Direct Digital Control (DDC) system, which allows the owner to remotely monitor and control the HVAC system. This Building Automation System improves acoustical performance, optimizes energy savings and reduces operating costs by decreasing fan and electric reheat energy.

The Streets of St. Charles is a 27-acre development, home to a variety of retail, dining, entertainment, hospitality, multi-family housing and offices.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries, including senior living, food and beverage distribution, warehouse, healthcare, commercial and industrial. Wiegmann also provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and service in the St. Louis region. Wiegmann is ranked among the top 50 specialty contractors in the Midwest by Engineering News Record and the top 10 largest mechanical contractors by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit or call (636) 940-1056.

IMPACT Strategies Completes Their First Two Projects in Fenton Logistics Park

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IMPACT Strategies recently completed their first and second projects in the Fenton Logistics Park. In just over two months, IMPACT finalized improvements of a 78,000 square foot space within a 170,000 square foot warehouse for the relocation of BASF’s agricultural services division in Fenton, MO. This facility will produce and store pest control products, specifically for termites. Roughly two-thirds of the space is dedicated to warehouse and production areas and the remaining third is offices. Thirty-foot demising walls were installed as well as completely new and redesigned MEP Systems.

The second project, also concluded in just two months, was a 52,000 square foot space for Nexius’s Missouri office. This network technologies company will use about 6,300 square feet for offices, while the remaining square footage will function as a warehouse. IMPACT worked with M+H Architects and Scott Rakonick of US Capital Development on both projects.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

The Importance of Partnering In Construction

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With the construction season heading into high gear, projects will hit a pace unlike any other time of the year. The advent of better weather combined with strong construction demand will mean that general contractors and owners will rely heavily on their subcontractors to take care of their portion of a project. Supervision will be stretched and communication between sub and GC will be imperative to effectively manage projects. This is a partnership that is forged through striving to achieve the same goal. The best subcontractors take great pride in their workmanship and look to efficiently serve those that employ their services.

The word “partnership” is thrown around a lot in the construction industry, but true partnership is working side by side with other subcontractors to support the plan the general contractor or owner has designed. They give input on more efficient ways to execute a project where others will simply look for ways to add cost. The focus of a true construction partnership is to roll up everyone’s proverbial sleeves and get the job done right. The pressure of schedules and budgets can create significant challenges, but experienced contractors know how to find answers as opposed to excuses. The best find ways to save in both those areas knowing it will bode well for them when considered for future projects.

We often are called in to correct issues created by competitors. We sometimes have lost the initial bid by a slim margin only to be contacted after an issue arises. We always are willing to offer counsel on the work we know and many clients will take advantage of that posture. As this construction season hits full swing, we look to be a source of information for our customer base. We hope they consider us to be a source they can go to and trust. It helps define who we are to our customers, a true partner!

Western Specialty Contractors Recommends Creating a Building Component Inventory Prior to Inspections

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If you are a building owner or facility manager preparing to launch a new or revamped maintenance program, the first step, according to the experts at Western Specialty Contractors, is to create a building component inventory, even before you do an inspection.

“While it sometimes feels like this step is unnecessary, it makes sense to do it because you’ll end up spending a lot more money and time if you don’t,” said Teddy Williams, Content Marketing Manager at Western Specialty Contractors. “A proper building component inventory will set your maintenance program on the firm foundation it needs to drive the results you’re looking to achieve.”

No matter your experience or technical expertise, creating a building component inventory is not complicated. Essentially, an inventory is a list of all the building components included in your preventative maintenance program, along with general information about each component. It can be as simple as a spreadsheet, or more complex, depending on what works best for you and your properties.

There are several factors to contemplate when compiling a building component inventory, but here are essentially three main ones to consider:

Listing the Building Components

Which components should you include in your building component inventory? Preventative maintenance costs money and time, so including everything may not be wise for your overall budget.

As a general rule of thumb, for each component, ask yourself: Is the component critical to the safe operation of the building? Is it expensive to replace or difficult to purchase off the shelf?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any one of those three questions, then that component should be included in your maintenance program and building component inventory.

Determining the Condition of Building Components

What is the current condition of the building component? Is that condition different from previous inspections or the same?

It’s usually a good idea to create what’s called a condition rating scale, which can be as simple as good, fair or poor, or it can be more complex like a 1-10 numerical scale.

The important factor to consider is that the scale allows you to understand the condition of the property’s main components when you look at your inventory.

Figuring Out the Age of Each Component

An inventory with just a list of components and their conditions is powerful, but figuring out the age of each component will supercharge your results and save you a substantial amount of time. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • How long is the component supposed to last?
  • How old is the component?
  • How much longer is the component expected to last?

By answering these questions, particularly the last one, you will be able to time repairs better, make budgets more accurate and avoid unnecessary costs.

Once you have a sound building component inventory in place, you can now begin your facility inspections guided by a clear vision.

For assistance in creating a building component inventory, contact the Western Specialty Contractors branch location nearest you –

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

Ameren Teams Up With Arcturis to Build New Illinois Corporate Headquarters

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St. Louis-based architecture and design collaborative Arcturis releases exclusive details about the recently-developed 46,000 square-foot Ameren Illinois Corporate Center.

St. Louis-based architecture and design collaborative Arcturis (, today released project details about the Ameren Illinois Corporate Center (10 Executive Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234.) The 46,000 square-foot, two-story structure, which accommodates 225 Ameren employees, is the latest ground-up construction project in Arcturis’ portfolio.

The planning of the new headquarters was prompted by Ameren’s need to consolidate and centralize its employees into a central location. Accordingly, Arcturis aligned the new facility with Ameren’s corporate workplace standards including open workspace, private offices, an executive suite, and a multifunctional auditorium.

Arcturis facilitated an integrated approach to the new headquarters, developing all facets including architecture, landscape design, interior design, graphic design, workspace strategy, and branding elements.

“When we were first presented with the site for the new Corporate Center, our design team was inspired by expansive views across the post-agrarian landscape,” said Arcturis Principal Megan Ridgeway. “Preserving the site’s connection with nature was a priority throughout the project.”

The space’s enclosed offices and meeting rooms are organized in a central spine, allowing natural light to illuminate workspaces. Additionally, the multifunctional auditorium features a floor-to-ceiling glass wall connecting occupants to an elevated outdoor patio.

“The Corporate Center has a deep connection to the outdoors,” said Arcturis lead architect Bill Decker. “The extensive amount of glass enabled us to capitalize on our strategy of bringing in as much natural light into the space as possible.”

Arcturis is a nationally-recognized architectural design collaborative headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A recognized WBE and leader in the industry for over 40 years, the firm’s award-winning team of architects, designers, and planners excel in understanding the complex design challenges impacting a diverse range of workspaces. For more visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Midas Hospitality Wins Eight Industry Awards

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St. Louis hotel developer receives national recognition for excellence 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wiegmann Associates Completes HVAC for New Beginnings Lutheran Church

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

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

New Beginnings Lutheran Church was founded in 2000.

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

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