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S. M. Wilson Employees Provide 95+ Community ‘Acts of Kindness’ to Mark Company’s 95th Anniversary

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From rescuing stray animals and volunteering in local schools to granting holiday wishes and coaching youth sports, the employees of S. M. Wilson & Co. decided to celebrate the company’s 95th anniversary this year by voluntarily providing more than 95 acts of kindness. The acts enriched the St. Louis community by assisting kids, those in need and those who serve our country.  Employees were empowered to provide acts of kindness that they felt were important throughout the year, which resulted in a wide range of activities and support.  The program far exceeded its goal.

“We chose this form of celebration to underscore our company’s core strengths of value, service, people-centered culture and passion to transform communities by delivering more than just buildings,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson.  “The response from our employees was tremendous.  We provided more than 140 acts of kindness by August, and we are probably close to 200 by now.”

Seventy percent of S. M. Wilson’s employees are involved in the community in their own ways.

Through the acts, more than 40 Holiday Wishes were recently granted to kids at Epworth Children and Family Services. Seventeen employees gave blood to the American Red Cross.  Employees also volunteered their time mentoring, serving on non-profit boards and participating in Ready Readers, while others randomly purchased lunches for soldiers at Ft. Leonard Wood. The list goes on.

“The wide variety of support provided to the community reflects the employee-friendly culture at S. M. Wilson,” Berg added.

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

S. M. Wilson Breaks Ground on Early Childhood Center Renovation & Addition

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has broken ground on the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Early Childhood Center (ECC) renovation and addition. The $7.9 million building program includes construction of a new 90-space parking lot and improvements to the current ECC campus.

Renovations to the current ECC building will include a gut remodel of all classrooms, installation of new HVAC and fire protection sprinkler systems and upgrades to the security system.  Site improvements will include enhancements to the drop off/pickup area, bus lanes, site fencing, site lighting and modular retaining walls.  The adjacent Burgess Avenue will be changed from the existing one-way traffic design to accommodate two-way traffic, and new sidewalks will improve pedestrian access to the campus.

The new one-story addition will feature a multipurpose room and three pre-school classrooms.  It will be built on the current ECC parking lot at 2801 Oakland Avenue in Maplewood.  The project will include more than 15,000 square feet of new and renovated educational space.

Upon completion of the remodel and addition, the ECC will have a total of nine new classrooms and intervention spaces, plus a large multi-purpose room.

S. M. Wilson will provide Construction Management services, and Bond Architects is the project’s architect. Construction is scheduled to be completed in late Summer 2017.

This is the fifth building project S. M. Wilson has handled for the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District since 2001.  Most recently the company completed a $3.7 million program of renovations and additions to two different schools, including renovations to the high school and the construction of a new addition and renovations at the Early Childhood Center.

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

New Buildings Continue to Drive Record Setting Year for St. Louis Region’s Industrial Market

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Commercial real estate brokerage firm JLL (NYSE: JLL) today announced the region’s industrial sector is on track to deliver nearly seven million square feet of new construction by the end of the year, the highest activity the region has ever seen. More than 3.5 million square feet was delivered by the close of Q3 and another 3.4 million is anticipated by year-end. Construction deliveries have far surpassed 2015, which topped out at 2.2 million square feet. New development, coupled with growing occupancy rates, has pushed warehouse asking rates up 4.4 percent in the last year.

Pat Reilly, senior vice president for JLL and president of the St. Louis chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), said, “It’s been a remarkable year for industrial growth in St. Louis and all indicators point toward sustained momentum in the sector. With another 3.4 million square feet expected to deliver in the fourth quarter, we are on track to see year-end totals upward of 6.8 million square feet in new construction activity. This is a clear illustration that St. Louis’ industrial real estate scene is thriving.”

New construction projects driving the numbers include GM’s supplier warehouse in Wentzville (1.1 million square feet), Reckitt Benckiser’s new distribution center in St. Peters (717,000 square feet), and NorthPark’s new speculative warehouse in North County (538,000 square feet).

JLL’s Industrial Outlook also shows year-to-date absorption rates exceeding 4 million square feet, the most activity seen in ten years and projecting absorption to top 5 million square feet by year end.  Slightly more than 60 percent of the industrial leasing activity has been in the Metro East, and approximately 40 percent is in the Missouri portion of the market, divided between projects in North County, Mid County, St. Louis County and South County. The commencement of Amazon’s two fulfillment centers in Edwardsville and Schnucks’ warehouse in North County added 2.5 million square feet to occupancy. Boeing added a new manufacturing facility at its North County campus, while Knapheide and Ole Tyme Produce each completed build-to-suit projects in St. Charles County.

Low interest rates, healthy consumer spending and strong e-commerce are forming perfect conditions for industrial and logistics real estate growth in 2017, says JLL. Potential investment in infrastructure and continued company expansion are also expected to fuel demand for warehouses and distribution centers despite global economic uncertainty.

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate

The Korte Company Begins Work On $92.5M Design-Build USPS Distribution Center Project In Portland, Oregon

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The 818,000 square foot project is situated on a 47-acre site with three entrances onto the property and includes a 788,845 square foot Processing and Distribution Center with Administration, Maintenance and Employee Support areas.  The distribution facility features areas specified for a BMEU (Business Mail Entry Unit) and USPIS (United States Postal Inspection Services). The building consists of a Workroom, which houses fixed mechanization equipment and postal automation equipment and a Mail Platform with a total of 92 dock positions.

Also included in the overall scope of work is a 29,000 square foot Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) with 15 service bays, 2 body shops and a full-service wash bay.

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.

Integrated Facility Services Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS), a full-service mechanical engineering firm and the eighth largest specialty subcontractor in Missouri, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. IFS provides HVAC, plumbing, piping, building automation and energy conservation services to clients across the country from offices in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri.

Established by Bill Rundquist in 1966 as Air Masters, the company now employs more than 250 workers in five divisions – HVAC and Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Building Automation and Controls, and National Design Build and Mechanical Construction. The in-house engineering department offers licensed professional engineers, GPS and 3D modeling, and other state-of-the-art technologies to improve jobsite coordination and efficiency.

In 2016, Air Masters consolidated its four affiliated companies and rebranded as Integrated Facility Services (IFS), a single-point resource for mechanical contracting and service. Today, IFS is led by Bill’s son, John Rundquist, who joined the company as a University of Missouri graduate and assumed the role of president in 2012. Bill Rundquist continues to serve as CEO and chairman.

Bill Rundquist launched the company out of his home in 1966 with a few dollars and a vision to build an organization based on excellent customer service, solid technical expertise and a commitment to the highest quality. On his second day in business, Rundquist sold a residential air conditioning job and installed it himself. He recalls borrowing his young daughter’s wagon to haul the condensing unit from his new 1965 Dodge sedan to the installation pad. Within several months, Rundquist was adding employees to install and service HVAC equipment.

Over the past five decades, IFS has moved six times to accommodate constant growth and expansion. Bill Rundquist purchased the current 56,000-square-foot headquarters building at 1055 Cassens Industrial Ct. in Fenton in 2004. When IFS recently reorganized and remodeled this year, John Rundquist had the company’s core values of stewardship, safety, integrity, teamwork, and innovation etched into the glass doors of the conference and meeting rooms.

IFS recently expanded its state-of-the-art pipe fabrication and welding shop into a nearby building on Cassens Industrial Ct. in Fenton. They also purchased a 10-acre site in Columbia, Missouri, for a branch office and warehouse facilities to serve the mid-Missouri market.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 250 professional and trade employees.

Terramac Appoints Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. as Authorized Dealer

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Terramac, a leading manufacturer of innovative rubber track crawler carriers, expands its representation in the North American market to include Kirby-Smith as part of its dealer network. Kirby-Smith will represent the versatile Terramac product line in Oklahoma.

“Terramac is the ultimate Swiss army knife of the pipeline industry,” says Joe Trapani, Director Pipeline Services Division at Kirby-Smith. “All pipeline customers have a need for rubber track carriers and Terramac’s are well-known for reliability and extreme diversity. Including Terramac as part of our machinery tool kit will allow us to grow our customer base in the industry.”

Kirby-Smith will offer Terramac crawler carriers to serve the pipeline industry with customizable equipment that accommodates various pipeline applications. In addition to Terramac’s three standard options – convertible dump-to-flat beds, rock dump beds and flatbeds – Kirby-Smith will offer Terramac units customized with support attachments such as hydroseeders, vacuum excavators and tack rigs. With the addition of the versatile Terramac product line Kirby-Smith also plans to identify and expand into other markets.

The team at Kirby-Smith will provide professional sales, rental and aftermarket support for Terramac products. Kirby-Smith’s knowledgeable staff has been fully trained in the application, sales, parts and service side of the Terramac product line and stands ready to offer prompt and professional customer support.

“Kirby-Smith Machinery maintains a strong commitment to exceed customer expectations and their dedicated team consistently delivers superior service and product support,” says Andrew Konopka, President of Terramac. “We are pleased to welcome Kirby-Smith to our growing dealer network and we look forward to a lasting partnership.”

Terramac® LLC, based in Elburn, IL, was established to produce the world’s leading crawler carriers. Units are sold through a full dealer network which offers customers easy-to-locate parts and service throughout the world. The units can be customized with support equipment to serve many industries such as pipeline, utility, mining, environmental, general construction and more. To learn more, please visit or call 630-365-4800.

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. was established in 1983 and is recognized as one of the premiere new and used heavy construction equipment and crane dealers in the country.

Retail Designer CSG Expands St. Louis Presence

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Core States Group, which has renovated and built a number of familiar retail and restaurant venues in St. Louis, is growing its business.   With relocation and construction assistance of Artisan Building Co., Core States Group has moved into an expanded St. Louis branch office at 6500 Chippewa Street.  Artisan completed the $500,000 renovation in the building formerly known as the St. Louis Hills Office Center to create a more collaborative space for Core States, where it plans to grow its work force by 50 percent or more in the coming years.

Core States Group is a national architecture, engineering and construction firm.  It first opened its St. Louis office in September 2003, occupying 2,200 square feet of space in the Crestwood Executive Center building in Crestwood, Mo. until this past August.

Locally, Core States Group has been a part of the design team for more than 150 newly built or renovated Panera Bread restaurants throughout the U.S. and has also helped deliver services for hundreds of newly built or renovated locations for McDonald’s, Hardee’s, and 7 Eleven, among other clients.  The firm has helped introduce a number of restaurant and retail conveniences to the public including double drive-through service at area McDonalds and has designed and engineered conveniences for Panera customers including drive-through service and quick service kiosks inside the restaurant.

Nationally, Core States Group recorded $78 million in revenue in 2015.  The firm is reporting revenues of $84 million in 2016.

“We always saw St. Louis as a growth market for Core States Group, but the Great Recession slowed our progress,” said Patrick T. Bennett, P.E., branch manager for Core States Group.  “We’ve been able to re-energize our business plan with our seasoned staff, add more architects and engineers and are looking to add more.”  Nationally, Core States Group grew by 36 percent over the past year, employing 300 employees to date.

To accommodate its growth and hiring needs, Core States Group worked with Artisan to find a suitable branch headquarters and create a more collaborative environment for its workforce.  “Artisan is not just a builder, but also a firm that makes it their mission to understand your business goals,” said Bennett.  “The firm was invaluable in helping us find our new office in an urban community and help us execute our vision of the space we need to attract the best and brightest talent.”

The firm occupies all 5,000 square feet of the second floor of their new space in a studio setting with open office space to capitalize on design elements that encourage greater collaboration among engineers and architects.  That includes clear site lines, a strategically placed kitchen to encourage interaction with workers, and small and large conference rooms for more private meetings.  An abundance of natural light from windows floods the interior, creating a more healthy work environment.

To leverage the skills from Core States Group’s 14 offices nationwide, the branch office is infused with technology for virtual meetings to tap expertise from the firm’s 300 professionals.

Founded in 1999, Core States Group originally provided engineering and project management services for the retail petroleum industry.

Spellman Brady & Company Completes New Centegra Hospital

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Spellman Brady & Company completed an interiors package of 385,000 square feet for Centegra Health System’s new hospital in Huntley, Illinois which opened in August. The furniture, artwork and signage package was designed to be inviting and soothing while still meeting the hospital’s functional requirements. The 128 bed hospital is then most recent showcase for the Spellman Brady team, which has outfit 2 of the 3 new hospitals to open in Chicago area in the last 35 years.

Spellman Brady & Company, a nationally recognized, woman-owned interior planning and procurement firm, collaborated with architects Kahler Slater of Milwaukee, WI and Power Construction from Chicago, IL, the project’s general contractor.

Centegra Health System brings innovative, compassionate medical treatment to the people of McHenry and Kane counties. It is an integrated health system, built upon the tradition of quality care services established at both Memorial Medical Center and Northern Illinois Medical Center.

Spellman Brady & Company is a St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in Healthcare, Higher Education and Senior Living environments.

McCarthy Celebrates ‘Topping Out’ of New O’Fallon Justice Center

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At the new O’Fallon Justice Center under construction in O’Fallon, Mo., McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. celebrated a key project milestone during a November 16 topping-out ceremony. This traditional construction event takes place as the final beam—signed by members of the project team—is hoisted onto the building to signify that the structure has reached its maximum height.

capt-neske“It’s so gratifying to me that our residents get to see our new Justice Center take shape right before their eyes,” said Bill Hennessy, Mayor of the City of O’Fallon. “Our residents gave their overwhelming support to this building, and I continue to receive extremely positive comments about the building and the professionalism of the men and women involved in the construction.”

As construction manager of the 80,000-square-foot facility, McCarthy serves as the City of O’Fallon’s agent for the preconstruction and construction phases of the project. Located on Bryan Road, south of Veterans Memorial Parkway, the $28.7 million 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.

“Topping out represents an important construction milestone, and McCarthy is honored to collaborate with other team members and the City of O’Fallon to bring this important civic building to life for the City and region,” said Ryan Freeman, vice president of operations at McCarthy.

As part of the topping-out ceremony, the project team also celebrated the project’s safety milestones at a safety lunch, commemorating 147 work days without a OSHA-recordable or lost-time incident.

Wilson Estes Police Architects designed the new building.

Construction of the new O’Fallon Justice Center is expected to be completed in late 2017.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients.

IMPACT Strategies Completes Academy Sports + Outdoors Store In Record Time

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Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies of Fairview Heights, Illinois, today announced it has completed construction of the first Illinois retail location for Academy Sports + Outdoors. The 62,000-square-foot store is located at 1574 Highway 50 in O’Fallon, Illinois in the high-volume Lincoln Crossing retail development. The retailer hosted its grand opening on November 18, 2016.


IMPACT Strategies began foundation excavation the third week of May and continued with an aggressive schedule that enabled the company to turnover the store to the client just 150 days after the start of construction. Tilt-up construction was used to accommodate the store’s fast-track delivery. IMPACT Strategies worked with architect Harrison French & Associates of Bentonville, Arkansas on the project.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “Tilt-up construction has many advantages, including cost containment, fast-track schedules, architectural aesthetics and durability. Using this method proved to be the most efficient approach for this project allowing us to overcome excessive weather delays to meet the client’s aggressive deadline.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing, and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more.  The Texas-based company has more than 200 stores nationwide with plans to aggressively expand into the Midwest. It currently plans to soon open a store in Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, approximately 40 miles from O’Fallon, 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

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