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Echelon Constructors Completes $2 Million Flagship Store for Big Shark Bike in Richmond Heights

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Big Shark Bike has opened a new store at 1155 S. Big Bend Blvd. in Richmond Heights on a site that had been vacant since 2011 following the demise of well-known music system/home theatre retailer, Hi-Fi-Fo-Fum.

Overseeing the $2 million project was Maryland Heights, Mo.-based Echelon Constructors. Echelon initially sourced the location for Big Shark, then collaborated with developer Hany Abounder of Third Man Development to demolish 65 percent of an existing 20,000-square-foot structure and re-work the site to create parking for 22 vehicles. Next, Echelon gut-rehabbed the remaining 7,000 square feet of space, completing interior finish and system installations within a fast-track 45-day schedule.

The interior of the shop exhibits an open architecture theme, with exposed ceiling beams and a wood deck. Project architect was Klitzing Welsch Associates.

The Big Bend store replaces a location in the Delmar Loop that Big Shark closed in January. The retailer also operates stores in Chesterfield and Downtown St. Louis.

Legacy Building Group to Move to Westport

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William and Joan Halliburton recently sold its more than 28,000-square-foot building at 2030 Altom Ct. for $1,550,000.  The two-level 20-year-old building, which has a 63 car parking lot, will be the new home of Legacy Building Group.  It previously was the home to a reconditioned telephone product’s company.

Legacy Building Group, which specializes in the design/build market, is a commercial general contracting firm founded in 2002.  The company is currently located at 3242 S. Kingshighway and will move into its new building as soon as possible.

Hilliker Corporation’s Hal Ball and Jake Shepley represented the seller, William and Joan Halliburton.  Bahn CRE’s Steve Bahn represented the buyer, 2030 Altom Partners.

Lawrence Group Unveils Vision for the Former Federal Mogul Site

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City Foundry 2London-based Bull Moose Industries Added to Investment Partnership

Environmental remediation work has commenced at City Foundry Saint Louis at Cortex, the new name of the former Federal Mogul Foundry property in midtown St. Louis. The proposed mixed-use redevelopment project is being designed and developed by Lawrence Group with significant reuse of the historic structures. The first phase of the overall $340 million project is programmed to include:

  • 48,000 square feet of restaurant and food hall space with approximately 20 chef-driven quick serve food stalls and up to four full service restaurants
  • 124,000 square feet of creative office space in the City Foundry building complex
  • 133,000 square feet of retail space with up to 45 retailers
  • New 511-car parking garage plus ample surface spaces
  • Connection to the Great Rivers Greenway Trail System
  • Amenities including public plaza spaces, bike share, electric recharge stations and dedicated ride sharing drop-off

In addition to the commencement of remediation work on the site, Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith has announced that Bull Moose Industries has become a major investment partner in the redevelopment. London-based Bull Moose Chairman, the Rt. Hon. Lord Swarj Paul, has continued to grow his investments in St. Louis, adding his partnership in City Foundry to his previous investments in the 634 North Grand building in Grand Center and the acquisition of XL Trailers earlier this year. “This new investment by Lord Paul represents our continued confidence in St. Louis as well as our belief in the exciting vision laid out by Steve Smith for the City Foundry development,” according to Bull Moose CEO Michael Blatz. Eagle Bank is providing the financing for the project.

The National Register of Historic Places nomination for the existing foundry complex was recently approved by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Building on the region’s reputation as an innovation hub, City Foundry Saint Louis is envisioned as a place where ideas can thrive and where people can get connected and collaborate. The first phase of the car-optional development is expected to create 870 permanent jobs in addition to construction jobs, as well as spur additional development on neighboring properties. Great Rivers Greenway trails will traverse through the site providing a walkable connection between Saint Louis University, Cortex, and Metro stations as well as a pathway to Forest Park. “The City Foundry Saint Louis redevelopment represents another example of the continued investment and expansion of the Cortex brand. This will be a tremendous amenity to the already vibrant innovation community that exists at Cortex,” according to Dennis Lower, CEO of Cortex Innovation Community.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to open in 2018, and future phases call for a 279-unit residential tower; 265,000 square feet of office; and 16,000 square feet of retail. For leasing information, visit www.cityfoundrystl.com. The project team includes:

  • Lawrence Group – Design and Development
  • S.M. Wilson – Construction Management
  • Midwest Service Group – Remediation and Abatement Contractor
  • SCI Engineering – Environmental Consultant
  • Grimes Consulting – Civil Engineering
  • CBRE – Retail Leasing Brokerage
  • DCM Management – Office Leasing Brokerage
  • Eagle Bank and Advantage Capital Partners – Financing

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis. The firm offers architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, graphic design, planning, construction management and real estate development services.

Founded in 2002 through a collaboration between Washington University in St. Louis, BJC Healthcare, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Cortex Innovation Community (CortexSTL.com) is the Midwest’s leading hub of innovation and technology commercialization, serving as the anchor of St. Louis’ growing ecosystem for innovative startup programs and established companies..

New LCPtracker Solution for Certified Payroll

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LCPtracker, a leading provider for prevailing wage compliance and workforce reporting, announced release of an optimized LCPcertified public works payroll reporting solution to enable companies small and large to submit certified payroll reports (CPRs) cleanly and accurately to any requesting body.

LCPcertified is now available in three distinct packages:

  • LCPcertified Basic
  • LCPcertified Plus
  • LCPcertified Professional

LCPcertified Basic is for the smaller companies that simply need to produce certified payroll reports, one state at a time. LCPcertified’s validation engine checks for prevailing wage compliance specific to State wage determinations.

LCPcertified Plus is for the small to mid-sized market space. In addition to the features of the LCPcertified Basic package, LCPcertified Plus gives users the ability to enter in their own prevailing wage rates and keep track of them in one complete system. LCPcertified Plus also offers a complete list of validations that include data completeness, State wage rate validations, and a rate sheet feature that assists with managing Federal wage rate compliance.

LCPcertified Professional is dedicated to the larger company market space. In addition to the features of the LCPcertified Plus package, LCPcertified Professional offers a powerful bulk-processing feature that allows for the quick and easy production of hundreds of certified payroll reports, all at the click of a button. LCPcertified Professional has an auto-distribution feature that allows a contractor to email the CPRs to requesting agencies directly through the system. LCPcertified Professional also provides summary and monthly reports specific to public works requirements such as workforce utilization reports, EEO reports, and ROCIP reporting.

Todd Calvert, product manager of LCPcertified, said: “Our new packages for LCPcertified offer three key benefits to clients including the ability to create a clean, accurate certified payroll report specific to their area. The data is then validated by our extensive validation engine and users are instantaneously notified if errors exist. And lastly, there are no implementation or setup fees; users just log in and start producing reports.”

SP Enterprises & Quick Supply Co. Expands Family Business with Purchase of Bowman Construction Supply

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Quick Supply Co./A.S.P. Enterprises announced that it has acquired the assets of Bowman Construction Supply, Inc., a leading supplier of specialty building materials headquartered in Denver, CO.  Bowman has strong relationships with over 40 manufacturers and offers thousands of unique products to help owners and design professionals evaluate material options and select the appropriate products for projects throughout the Rocky Mountain States.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ken Kinnard, Chief Operating Officer of Bowman, commented “We are pleased to be partnering with Quick Supply Co./A.S.P. Enterprises to be able to take full advantage of our combined markets’ growth potential, maintain outstanding professional relationships fostered throughout the specialty building materials ecosystem and provide continued quality products and services to customers.”

Mike Hale, Vice President of Quick Supply Co./A.S.P. Enterprises, stated “Our family of companies is excited about the acquisition of Bowman and looks forward to teaming with their high quality employees to help expand our geographic footprint and enhance our product offerings.”

BCC Advisers, a Des Moines, Iowa based investment banking firm, advised Quick Supply Co./A.S.P. Enterprises (the buyer) on the transaction.

Quick Supply Co./A.S.P. Enterprises was founded in 1953 and is a full-line distributor of erosion-control, geosynthetics, storm water management products, wall block, landscape pavers and drainage products in the Midwest

Founded in 1969, Bowman is a leading value-added supplier of specialty building materials in Colorado and other Rocky Mountain States

IMPACT Strategies Passes Milestone On St. Louis-Belleville Hofbrauhaus

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Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies, Inc., has surpassed the half-way point in building the St. Louis-Belleville Hofbrauhaus, the largest single themed destination restaurant in the region.

The 31,000-square-foot structure, reaching 58 feet in height, is the largest of the seven Hofbrauhaus restaurants in North America, and is about half-again larger than the 20,000-square-foot Chicago facility.

The restaurants are modeled after the traditional and centuries old beer halls and restaurants in Bavaria. Each building must meet strict standards for appearance, quality and detailed craftsmanship. Similarly strict standards are set for food, beverages and service.

“The Hofbrauhaus will have the look and feel of old world Germany,” according to IMPACT President Mark Hinrichs. “The architecture is unique, and includes high vaulted ceilings. The look, the attention to detail that the developers are requesting, and the general atmosphere to be created will help assure that Hofbrauhaus becomes a popular destination for adults throughout the region and beyond,” he said.

Hofbrauhaus beers will be brewed on-site with state-of-the-art equipment produced in Vienna and shipped to Belleville. Munich-based brewmasters will assist in managing installation of the equipment and will train local brewmasters and staff. Furnishings and beer steins will duplicate Old World Bavarian beer halls

The kitchen is designed to assure that 1,000 diners can be served at one seating. A private dining room will accommodate up to 250 people and an outdoor biergarten another 250 guests.

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.

Edward Jones Parking Garage Project Update

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IWR North America, formerly IWR Building Systems, partnered with Troco Custom Fabricators  to design and install unique, high-end louvers on the new Edwards Jones parking garage in Maryland Heights.

The stationary louvers, or “cassettes,” provide a flowing, kinetic look due to the slightly different angles and bronze colors of each slat. Each panel changes in transparency as you move along the screen, appearing to visually move while remaining in a fixed position. These types of cassettes can be adapted to most any parking garage providing a new and more artistic look to a normally drab parking garage structure.

Prefabrication in Troco’s shop allowed IWR to install numerous cassettes in a very short time. When design works hand-in-hand with installation, maximum cost efficiency is recognized, resulting in reduced labor costs to benefit the contractor and the client.

McCarthy Completes New Missouri S&T Residence Hall for Fall Semester

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McCarthy Logo (New Aug 2016)Design-build delivery and innovative construction methods kept the project on schedule

The new 450-bed University Commons residence hall at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Mo., is ready for students to move in this fall. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and its partners completed the 125,000-square-foot residence hall in about half the time as a typical project of this scope by using efficient construction methods and materials.

“We’re thrilled to have this new state-of-the-art residence hall ready in time for returning students,” said Ted Ruth, director of design and construction management at Missouri S&T. “From the start, the project ran smoothly, and we were excited to benefit from McCarthy’s specialized expertise in higher education construction.”

The design-build project integrates a prefabricated panel system fabricated by Eisen Panel Group in St. Charles, Mo., and transported to the campus. These specialized panels are designed for immediate weather-proof capabilities with the added benefit of quick assembly. Made of cold-formed steel, the pre-assembled panels could be installed much quicker than conventional building materials, allowing for complete enclosure of the building to reduce water infiltration and the potential for mold and mildew.

“Through collaborative teamwork and strategic planning, we were able to complete this project quickly and safely, and we’re eager for students to experience this terrific new facility,” said Jeremy Witts, McCarthy project manager.

KWK Architects and The Lawrence Group collaborated on the design of the project.

Beal Roofing Expands to New Location

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Expected to be one of the Midwest’s largest showrooms for roofing products

John Beal Roofing experiences growth through the roof!  The company is relocating to a new 20,000-square-foot building at 12181 Prichard Farm Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63043 – it is expected to be one of the Midwest’s largest showrooms for roofing products.  The opening is planned for September 1, 2016.

Customers will be able to view more than 100 shingle colors on display representing every shingle manufacturer. An interactive media center will enable customers to upload a photo of their own home and see how different shingle colors and styles will look before installing.  John Beal Roofing is working closely with Owens Corning (shingles) and Mule-Hide (flat roof) to have the latest, greatest products and technology on display.  Also featured will be a model home with a hands-on display of all roofing components.

John Beal Roofing experienced a record month of $3.4 million in June.  The company is already on pace to have another banner year, setting a new record of $25 million in sales. Last year’s revenue was $18 million. The company is at a peak staffing level of 49 employees, but expects to add another 50 jobs by this time next year as it continues business expansion.

John Beal Roofing has revolutionized the roofing industry and grown to be an industry leader by providing the most competitive prices with the longest warranties. The company created an app that allows orders to be completed with little to no waste, and results in a more consistent pricing model. In addition to the new mobile pricing app, leadership has redesigned the way they conduct business by focusing on improved communications with customers, who are at the center of the organization.

John Beal Roofing  installs reliable roofing systems in the greater St. Louis area every day, and the staff is consistently out in the community engaging and educating customers. John Beal Roofing strives to address customer concerns as they arise – always ethically and respectfully. Eighty percent of their work is residential, with twenty percent commercial.

Additionally, the company is a growing financial contributor to the St. Louis region. In partnership with ABC Supply and Owens Corning, John Beal Roofing recently donated $10,000 to support the Spay/Neuter Fund at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Medical Center of Mid-America because summer is the peak season for animals coming into the shelter. To help make a difference, please donate to the “Beal 4 Barks” fund on line at www.hsmo.org/beal4barks.

John Beal Roofing, a third-generation roofing company, serves the entire greater St. Louis area, including St. Louis City, and St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Jersey, Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions Announces Partnership with Lou Brock Mechanical

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Two St. Louis-based mechanical contractors collaborate on upcoming projects

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a full-service mechanical insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial markets, announces a mentoring partnership with Lou Brock Mechanical, a commercial HVAC mechanical contractor serving the St. Louis metropolitan area for the past three years.  The two organizations will strategically partner on projects where their combined service portfolios will offer more complete, comprehensive solutions for their collective customer base.

“As we continue to grow our company and exceed market demands, we are very selective on our partnerships,” said Nick Eaton, general manager at ISS Insulation Services & Solutions. “Lou Brock Mechanical’s vision, culture and commitment to the St. Louis community aligns seamlessly with our company, and we’re both eager to work together.”

As the installation season continues to move forward in 2016, the two companies have multiple projects contracted for the remainder of the year.

“Our company was founded on the premise that top-quality HVAC contracting services, attention to detail and an impeccable reputation can greatly benefit our customers, as well as our community,” said Lou Brock, Jr., president of Lou Brock Mechanical. “We’re thrilled to begin this partnership with a company that has such a dedication to the St. Louis community and roots dating back to 1895.”

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a member of the National Insulation Association, is a full-service insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial markets.

Lou Brock Mechanical, located in St. Louis, Mo., was founded by Lou Brock, Jr. in 2013. The company is MBE/DBE and Section 3 certified with various capabilities including pipefitting fabrication and installation, design and construction services, HVAC contracting and more.

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