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KAI Completes Construction of New ZOOM C-Store and GreenLeaf Market in North St. Louis City

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Transformative projects first in massive NorthSide Regeneration development

KAI is helping to transform underserved north St. Louis City with the recent completion of a new ZOOM C-Store and GreenLeaf Market – one of many projects in St. Louis developer Paul McKee, Jr.’s massive NorthSide Regeneration development, a mixed-use community development that encompasses over 1,500 acres bordering downtown St. Louis.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the completion of both projects was held on April 1, 2019 at GreenLeaf Market. ZOOM and GreenLeaf Market are located across the street from each other at the corner of Tucker Boulevard and 13th Street. KAI provided pre-construction and general contracting services on both projects.

Construction of the 5,000-square-foot ZOOM was completed in October 2018, with the 20,000-square-foot GreenLeaf Market completed five months later. The total construction cost for both projects was $10 million. ZOOM and GreenLeaf Market are locally owned by St. Louis Grocery Group.

“The ZOOM and GreenLeaf projects will truly transform the NorthSide community through the creation of 72 new jobs and in providing healthy, affordable food options to residents in an area of St. Louis City that has been underserved for far too long,” said KAI Enterprises President Darren L. James. “KAI is passionate about making change in our communities with projects like these, and we are grateful to have been a part it.”

A first for the St. Louis area, ZOOM features a state-of-the-art, two-way solar panel system on the canopy over its gas pumps that is capable of producing 109,000 kWh of electricity annually – enough to power most of the gas station, convenience store and car wash. The ZOOM C-Store sells fresh, locally-sourced produce and other typical convenience store items, plus features a Go Café that sells freshly-prepared meals-on-the-go such as pizzas, sandwiches, salads and wraps.

GreenLeaf Market is one of the first grocery stores to be built in north St. Louis City since 1968 and features a state-of-the-art kitchen with an experienced on-site chef; a bakery; salad and hot food bar; deli, produce and meat departments; and customer service counter.

Both projects generated several construction jobs for local residents that exceeded the city’s minority participation requirements in terms of contractors and boots on the ground working. ZOOM and GreenLeaf also brought 72 part- and full-time jobs to the area.

Adam Jones, KAI Project Manager, said one of the biggest challenges on the project was securing enough minority workers on both projects to satisfy NorthSide Regeneration’s high expectations for minority participation.

“From the beginning, Paul McKee put an emphasis on business and minority participation on the projects. We held outreach meetings with minority-owned firms with the goal of obtaining above-standard participation, and hired from the surrounding community for boots on the ground. We wanted to set a precedence with minority participation on all these projects within NorthSide Regeneration,” said Jones.

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. To learn more about KAI, visit

IWR North America Announces Expansion into the Southwest

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St. Louis-based specialty contractor to open new Southwest Division office in Garland, Texas in June 

IWR North America, headquartered in St. Louis and one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the United States, expands into the Southwest, announcing the opening of its new office in Garland, Texas, located at 3520 West Miller Road, Suite 100, Garland, TX 75042.

Keith Myers is the general manager of IWR North America, Southwest Division and will oversee the new office. Prior to his current role, Myers was the executive vice president of IWR’s holding company, MHS Legacy Group, since 2014 and general manager of IWR from 2003-2014. During his tenure, he expanded IWR into new sectors and geo-markets.

“As we looked to better serve our existing clients and for the opportunity to build new relationships, we saw great potential in this region,” said Myers. “To date, we have completed more than $17 million of business in the area and have nearly $10 million of secured backlog.”

Bob Sculthorpe is the operations manager of IWR North America, Southwest Division. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Sculthorpe is responsible for managing the division’s labor, productivity, quality control, safety measures and processes. Sculthorpe will provide leadership on strategic company growth and personnel development.

“We have multiple, successful projects under our belt in the Dallas market, including Liberty Mutual’s Texas Regional Hub and Epic Deep Ellum, and look forward to beginning work on the Domain 10 tower in Austin,” said Sculthorpe. “As we continue to grow our brand as a value-added trade partner in the Texas area, we see great potential to provide rewarding life opportunities for our people.”

The Southwest Division will focus primarily on large-scale custom metal panels, screening systems, louvers and decorative metals. For more information, contact Myers at (972) 528-9894, or Sculthorpe at (314) 610-7644,

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing specialty contractors in the nation, providing turnkey building enclosure and custom specialty metal design services coast-to-coast since the 1940s. For more information, please visit or call 314-633-4958.

Knoebel Construction Completes Construction of Patel Brothers Indian-American Grocery Stores

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Construction is complete of two new Patel Brothers grocery stores in Chandler, AZ and Suwannee, GA, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor. Based in Hanover Park, IL, Patel Brothers is the largest Indian-American supermarket chain in the United States with 56 locations in 22 states.

The Patel Brothers 30,000-square-foot grocery stores feature a wide variety of authentic Indian grocery and spice products, including dry goods, frozen items and fresh produce. The construction projects consisted of conventional steel-framed and masonry-shell construction as well as custom interior finishes completed over four months. The architect was Partners in Architecture, based in Mount Clemens, MI.

Knoebel Construction has constructed nine locations for Patel Brothers, including Irving, TX; McKinney, TX; Charlotte, NC; Monroeville, PA; North Attelboro, MA; Nashville, TN; and Indianapolis, IN.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Founded in 1981, Knoebel Construction provides full-service development and general contracting services to real estate development firms, independent restaurant and retail owners and retailers. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

Roeslein Celebrates National Welding Month

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With 17% of its workforce made up of professional welders, Roeslein & Associates acknowledges the high level of skill, education, and training that modern-day welders need to keep up with industry advancements in materials, processes, and equipment.

Roeslein has three levels of welders with a Level III welder carrying the highest welding and fabrication skillsets and experience. Basic welding skills are required at entry level but advancement comes through in-house training and experience to produce basic to advanced components. Welding positions require prepping and cutting knowledge, as well as, the GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, SMAW application techniques to produce Roeslein’s products. When it comes to pipe welding, Roeslein does everything from manual pipe welding to automatic pipe welding. They provide multiple weld procedures ranging from many processes and material types with carbon steel and stainless steel being the majority.

Between its structural and piping departments, Roeslein has 94 fabrication welders that work in its three fabrication facilities in Red Bud, IL (60); Hollister, CA (14); and Shanghai, China (20). Roeslein has over 27 welding processes and procedures and frequently tests its welders on these practices, including x-ray and ultrasonic tests, to make sure each welder can complete the task with less than a one percent failure.

Dan Hemmer, Roeslein’s Senior Quality Manager, said “Our welders take a lot of pride in the work they do, and the quality of the finished welds are a testament to their dedication to the craft. Our team is the best in the business.”

Roeslein is a firm believer in continued education and training for all employees. Catered to its welders, Roeslein offers a tuition reimbursement program that is inclusive of welding schools, has a Welder-in-Training position that offers entry-level training, and currently, has one employee attending welding school on a Roeslein scholarship to Ranken in Perryville, MO.

Roeslein & Associates was founded in 1990, specializing in engineering, modular fabrication and construction services. The company has product offerings in both the container manufacturing industry and the process and energy sectors with annual revenues over $250 million. Its 680+ employees are spread throughout offices in St. Louis, MO (HQ); Red Bud, IL; Denver, CO; Hollister, California; Northampton, UK; Dębno, Poland; and Shanghai, China. To find out more, please visit

Tarlton Corp. Garners 2019 JLT Build America Award for Sachs Museum

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Upstairs Gallery
Museum Building addition entrance and original Museum Building.

Tarlton Corporation, a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, has won one of the construction industry’s highest honors – the 2019 JLT Build America Award.

The award recognizes Tarlton’s work on the $8 million restoration project of the Stephen and Peters Sachs Museum for the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. The project was chosen from a highly competitive field of entries nationwide.

The JLT Build America Award is sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America, the nation’s largest and oldest construction trade association. For more than 30 years, the Build America Award has recognized AGC members that build the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure and federal and heavy divisions. The awards were presented April 2 at the AGC’s 100th annual national convention in Denver. Accepting the award on Tarlton’s behalf were Sondra Rotty and Joshua Fisk, project director and project manager, respectively, for the Sachs Museum project, along with Scott Green, manager of construction technology, and Tracy Hart, president. Additional members of the Tarlton team on the winning project were Andrew Kovarik, project executive; Brian Julius, project engineer; Dustin Norton, project superintendent; and Cameron Beattie and Greg Sweeso, preconstruction.

The Build America Awards program honors the “best of the best” among construction projects nationwide. Build America recipients are selected by a panel of a contractor’s toughest critics – other contractors. Judges look for projects that have “excelled in state-of-the-art advancement; project management; innovation in construction techniques or use of materials; safety; client service; community relations; environmental sensitivity and partnering.”

“Recognition by one’s peers is one of the highest honors a general contractor can receive,” said Hart. “We are proud of the skill, teamwork and spirit of the Tarlton team on the restoration of the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum – widely considered one of the most historically significant buildings in the Midwest. In addition, the award represents the collaboration of the project owner and stakeholders who share our passion for construction, core principles and values that helped guide the complex, multi-faceted construction process – resulting in a restored building that makes a lasting contribution to the community.”

Tarlton’s work on the 7,000-square-foot Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum, an iconic pre-Civil War structure on the grounds of the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden, won in the “Building Renovation Under $10 million” category. The museum, which was opened in 1859 by St. Louis businessman and philanthropist Henry Shaw, served as the Garden’s first scientific research facility, library and herbarium of more than 62,000 specimens. The building had been closed to the public for more than three decades prior to the renovation. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Working with project architect Christner Inc., Tarlton’s scope of work included an aggressive schedule, unforeseen conditions and an unexpected discovery during the demolition of a plaster drop ceiling: the paintings of three noted botanists on a barrel-vault ceiling hidden above the false ceiling in a room adjacent to the main exhibit hall. The discovery temporarily halted work while conservators from EverGreene Architectural Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., worked on the careful restoration.

In the main exhibit hall, construction and artistry worked side by side as the Tarlton team restored historic finishes, completed structural improvements and erected scaffolding to allow EverGreene art conservators to access the ceiling two stories up. There, they undertook the painstaking replication of a painted botanical mural spanning 12 separate panels overhead.

To usher visitors into the building, Tarlton built a modern 2,000-square-foot addition that provides accessibility to the museum and houses public amenities. The two-story addition’s glass curtainwall provides occupants with a feeling of being surrounded by nature and was designed in accordance with preservation principles outlined by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the U.S. National Park Service.

Tarlton’s restoration of the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum marks the firm’s fifth Build America Award in recent history. In 2015, Tarlton won for its work on the $90 million LEED® Gold Olin Business School expansion project at Washington University in St. Louis; in 2008, for the historic renovation of a former Maplewood church into new headquarters for Moosylvania, an independent advertising and promotions agency; and in 2007, for the critical first phase of the Cross County MetroLink expansion. In 2003, Tarlton received a Merit Award for its work on the Ameren Missouri Coal Transfer Terminal.

The Tarlton team that worked on the Sachs Museum also garnered a 2018 Construction Keystone Award from the AGC of Missouri for its work on the project. The AGC of Missouri, affiliated with AGC of America, represents approximately 550 construction and construction-related firms in the state of Missouri that perform building, highway and infrastructure construction.

St. Louis-based Tarlton Corp. is a Midwest leader in general contracting and construction management. The firm has completed many landmark projects in and around St. Louis and holds steadfast to its goal to improve the lives of St. Louisans through construction, civic involvement and philanthropy. In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the life science, higher education, health care, commercial, power and industrial markets. Tarlton also has special expertise in concrete construction, restoration, repair and maintenance.

Serial Entrepreneur Opens Second Grocery Store Location, More to Come

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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!

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