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Wiegmann Associates Wins Contracting Business Design/Build Award for BAE Systems Project

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Wiegmann Associates won a Contracting Business Design/Build award for their work on the built-to-suit campus for BAE Systems in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Wiegmann designed and installed a $4.3 million design/build HVAC, process piping, and Building Management System (BMS) for BAE System’s new 334,000-square-foot, world-class aviation electronics manufacturing and office center. The new center replaced BAE Systems’ 1940s-era production facility. Wiegmann also provided a complete BIM as-built model. The general contractor was Arco National Construction Company, Inc.

“We are proud to be honored for our work on this state-of-the-art manufacturing project,” said Steve Pearce, Vice President of Business Development for Wiegmann Associates. “This project challenged us to design a flexible, efficient HVAC system within precise temperature and humidity requirements in just 20 months, with no interruption in manufacturing production. We were able to achieve that goal through engineering solutions, tight phasing and strict scheduling.”

The Contracting Business Design/Build Awards honor the finest examples of commercial Design/Build HVAC mechanical systems installations across the U.S. The winning projects “used collaborative relationships to achieve premium comfort, modern efficiency and the utmost in energy savings,” according to Terry McIver, executive editor of Contracting Business.

BAE’s new 334,000-square-foot building includes a nearly 50,000-square-foot office/support area and a 285,000-square-foot manufacturing production floor with complex process piping: gaseous nitrogen, compressed air, hot exhaust air and chemical exhaust air. The manufacturing processes require cooling water to keep production equipment operating within temperature tolerances.

BAE Systems needed ultimate flexibility on the production floor to be able to rearrange equipment as needed for future product demand. Wiegmann Associates collaborated with the owner to design a solution that would be cost-effective without compromising the HVAC and piping systems.

The team was challenged to meet precise temperature and humidity controls on the production floor, with air temperature in the 72-75F range and relative humidity between 30% to 60% year-round. The Wiegmann design solution maintains consistent humidity across the production floor while minimizing equipment. Wiegmann also installed a Delta Controls custom building management system with web access to allow the owner to monitor and control all systems remotely.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.

S. M. Wilson Launches ‘Beyond the Build’ to Reinforce Core Strengths of Value, Service, People and Passion for Building

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has launched a new theme to emphasize and differentiate its longtime core strengths of value, service, people-centered culture and passion to deliver more than just buildings. Called ‘Beyond the Build’ the new program includes the new slogan, refreshed contemporary color schemes, updated website content and new videos, marketing materials and other editorial content. A video announcing the new branding program can be found at

“In today’s increasingly commoditized commercial construction industry, we want prospective customers and others in our industry to know that S. M. Wilson uses bricks and mortar to transform communities and landscapes,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson.  “We have always been known for our employee-friendly culture, our collaborative and transparent approach to projects and our atmosphere of finding the fun in the work we do.  We are reaffirming these long-held company values and connecting them in a contemporary way.”

‘Beyond The Build’ encompasses the S. M. Wilson family’s embrace of innovation, service to the community, commitment to employee career development, collaboration with owners and project teams, respect for all people and the notion that work can be fun.  These values can be found in things like the company’s flexible work schedules, technology investments, commitments to sustainability and the desire to promote people from within whenever possible.

“Beyond the Build” will begin appearing on company project site signage, website ( YouTube videos, social media channels and other communications outlets.

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

University of Missouri-St. Louis Opens HOK-Designed Patient Care Center for College of Optometry

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$17 million project reshapes UMSL’s south campus

The University of Missouri¬-St. Louis has unveiled its College of Optometry’s new $17 million Patient Care Center on the South Campus. Designed by HOK, the two-story, 48,000-sq.-ft. building provides a space for clinical education and research for the college as well as comprehensive eye and vision care for the community.

“It’s so good to see this longtime dream of the College of Optometry’s finally complete,” said Larry Davis, dean of the college.

The Patient Care Center replaces the University Eye Center located in UMSL’s Marillac Hall, a building originally designed as a residence hall for nuns. The new facility is located along Natural Bridge Road, adjacent to the UMSL South MetroLink station. It has four service areas for adult eye care, pediatric eye care, contact lens eye care and primary healthcare. The two-story atrium with a signature “eye” window acts as a focal point of the building.

“Beyond its striking architecture and beauty, the Patient Care Center has greatly improved the operations of the eye care center,” said Davis. “In the short time we’ve occupied the building, we’ve recognized how the floor plan encourages collaboration among faculty across a variety of specialty areas. Patients will appreciate the logical, efficient flow as they move throughout the facility.”

“To accommodate UMSL’s patient care, educational and outreach needs, we designed the building to be highly flexible,” said Paul Whitson, AIA, senior vice president and regional leader of Healthcare at HOK in St. Louis. “Same-handed and equally sized treatment rooms will enable it to adapt to future changes within the healthcare industry.”

Approximately 13,000-square feet of space in the Patient Care Center is programmed for future community partnership opportunities, which might include an urgent care or dental clinic.

Funding for the center came partially from a supplemental fee assessed to optometry students. Additional funds came from internal reallocations within the college and campus reserves.

The improvements to the College of Optometry are the first phase of planned capital improvements on UMSL’s campus. Future construction phases could include the addition of a 200,000-sq.-ft. facility to co-locate all teaching, research and administrative functions for the College of Optometry.

The grand opening for the building will take place Nov. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. The ceremony will include a ribbon cutting and short program.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.

Spire’s Corporate Home Earns LEED Gold and IES Lighting Awards

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The design-construction team of Arcturis and Tarlton Corp. announces that the project they completed at 700 Market St. in downtown St. Louis received LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It was also recognized with an Edwin F. Guth Award for interior lighting design from the Illuminating Engineering Society.

The project was finished in April 2015 and is the new home of Spire (formerly The Laclede Group). Prior to the interior build-out for Spire, Tarlton completed the core and shell historic renovation of the structure for building owner The Koman Group. The building was the youngest listed on the National Register of Historic Places when it was added in 2008.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the U.S. Green Building Council’s rigorous green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices through four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. To receive LEED Gold certification, projects must earn a minimum of 60 points on the USGBC rating scale. The LEED Gold designation also recognizes minimized environmental impact, maximized occupant comfort and high-performing tenant spaces.

Major design and construction highlights of the project that helped earn the LEED Gold distinction include the following:

  • Nearly 53 percent of the on-site generated construction waste diverted from the landfill
  • Installation of materials and products with low volatile organic compounds for optimum indoor air quality
  • Reduction of potable water use by 39 percent through the use of efficient fixtures
  • Energy-saving LED lighting and connected lighting power
  • Extensive use of recycled building materials
  • An automated shade system that operates based on the sun’s position, season and room usage
  • A fully programmable lighting control system that automatically adjusts to harvest and maximize daylight

The Edwin F. Guth Award for interior lighting design from the Illuminating Engineering Society recognizes exceptional interior lighting projects that balance the functional illumination of space with the artistic application of light to enhance the occupant’s experience. The Spire project received the Award in September 2016.

Spire moved into the 130,000-square-foot, six-story structure in 2015. The building was designed by famed architect Philip Johnson, who won the 1979 Pritzker Architecture Prize for his work on its design. It had been vacant since 2004 prior to its recent redevelopment.

“The building at 700 Market St. has been an important part of our city’s architecture since it first opened its doors in 1977. We are proud to be part of the team that not only brought it back to life, but made it a more environmentally sound place to work and do business. We received these awards because of the combined commitment of Spire, Koman, Tarlton and Arcturis to honor its history and bring it into the future,” said Arcturis designer Brian Waite, LEED AP, IES, LC.

Tracy Hart, Tarlton president, noted this is Tarlton’s fifth LEED Gold project. “Sustainable construction has become standard practice in our industry, with building owners and project teams looking to build sustainably on every project, registered or not,” she added. “Having built our LEED Silver headquarters in 2004, we know how to build these buildings, and we’re proud to help create healthful work environments.”

Both Tarlton and Arcturis are based in LEED Silver offices.

HOK’s St. Louis Office Raises Over $37,000 for United Way

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HOK’s St. Louis office recently completed its annual weeklong campaign to raise money for United Way of Greater St. Louis. Exceeding their $28,000 goal by more than 30 percent, HOK’s employees in St. Louis contributed $37,303 to United Way.

“HOK’s St. Louis office has contributed to the success of United Way of Greater St. Louis over the last 15 years,” said Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of the local affiliate. “We appreciate the continued support and consistent generosity of the employees who help so many people through their annual campaigns.”

With a theme of “HOK Office Olympics,” this year’s weeklong campaign in HOK’s office at 10 South Broadway included luncheons, a silent auction, grand prize raffles, and daily games and giveaways. Employees came together for an international lunch buffet and an ice cream social, with all proceeds benefitting the United Way.

“Going back to our founding in St. Louis in 1955, giving back to the communities in which we live and work has always been a core value for HOK,” said Lance Cage, LEED AP, the firm’s managing principal in St. Louis. “One in three people living in our community receives help through United Way’s agencies and programs. We believe that contributing to United Way is the best way to support a wide variety of essential health and human service needs across the St. Louis region. I’m incredibly proud and humbled by the generosity of our studio.”

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed.

Kirberg Company Receives BBB 2016 Torch Award

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Michelle Corey, St. Louis BBB president and CEO, Eric Kirberg, President of Kirberg Company and emcee Chris Nagus, News 4 investigative reporter.

Eric Kirberg, president of Kirberg Company, proudly announces that the company has received the coveted 2016 BBB TORCH Award.  The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois presented the award.  The award recognizes their commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices.  Kirberg Company has been a leader in the commercial and residential roofing industry for 97 years.  Eric Kirberg accepted the award Thursday October 27th at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.

“BBB’s TORCH Awards celebrate exceptional companies with great customer service and ethics,” said Scott Mosby, BBB board chair and chief executive of Mosby Building Arts. “Start with Trust, honor the exceptional and learn from the best, is our practice within St. Louis BBB. These companies and charities are examples to emulate for anyone who wants to be trusted in the marketplace.”

Lara Toledo, Executive Director of the Center for Women in Transition, nominated Kirberg Company for the TORCH Award.  In 2015, Kirberg Company donated $36,000 in labor and materials to install a new roof at the Baker House.

“We are all extremely grateful for the generous donation of a complete roof replacement from Kirberg in 2015,” Laura Toledo stated. “They also coordinated with other contractors to make sure that the job was done well and at no cost to the agency. Kirberg has continued to support the mission of the Center for Women in Transition in numerous ways since then. Kirberg is an excellent company that is dedicated to its community.”

Through practicing and promoting restorative justice, the center assists women in the criminal justice system in making a successful transition back to their families and communities. Baker House is one of two transitional living facilities ran by the center. The women are offered safe, stable housing as they make the difficult transition from incarceration back to their communities and families. Residents receive case management, life skills instruction, guidance from volunteer mentors, assistance with locating jobs, and accessing other resources, such as substance abuse treatment, medical and mental health care.

“We were delighted to be able to help our friends at the Center for Women in Transition,” said Eric Kirberg, President, Kirberg Company. “The Center provides a wonderful service here in town, and a new roof was badly needed. Now the apartment building will remain open to help hundreds of women for years to come.”

In its nearly 100 years of service to the St. Louis community, Kirberg Company has installed almost every type of roof.  After emigrating from Germany, Eric’s great-grandfather founded the business in 1920 and began installing slate and tile roofs.  Once Eric’s father took over in the 1970s, the company dedicated energies to becoming experts in newer technologies which included roofing systems for flat roofs, such as EPDM, TPO, and Modified.  Today, Kirberg Company services nearly every type of roof system from slate and tile, to flat roof applications.  They are also capable of installing green roof systems and solar roofing systems.

Over the years, Kirberg Company has expanded by acquiring companies in Kansas City, Kansas, and Springfield, Missouri.  Recently Kirberg has opened a new office in Springdale, Arkansas. Their reach allows Kirberg to service clients from coast to coast. Major retailers nationwide are among Kirberg’s regular customers.

Kirberg’s field personnel are all union members. By working closely with the union, the company can provide its employees top-notch training to sharpen hands-on skills and safety protocols. Kirberg rewards employees who exhibit conscientious safety awareness, remain accident free, and consistently demonstrates exceptional performance.

With 90 field employees in St. Louis and approximately 50 in its other branches, Kirberg Company is committed to exceeding customer expectations.

“Getting roofs done right the first time, that’s always been our motto,” Kirberg said. “When our roofers are as good as they are, it’s easy to have good customer service when the work is almost perfect.”

Kirberg company is located at 1400 South Third Street in downtown St. Louis. Learn more about Kirberg Company at

BBB is a nonprofit, business-supported organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior.

PHOTO CAPTION: Michelle Corey, St. Louis BBB president and CEO, Eric Kirberg, President of Kirberg Company and emcee Chris Nagus, News 4 investigative reporter.

Central Collinsville Health Center for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation

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Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies today announced it has been hired by JCH Collinsville, LLC, to build a 12,000-square-foot medical office building at 1215 Vandalia Street in Collinsville. A groundbreaking ceremony held in September at the site officially kicked-off construction of the Central Collinsville Health Center for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF).

SIHF is expected to occupy the space upon completion in March 2017. The health center will include three physician providers, a behavioral health provider and a dental provider. The building is conveniently located on IL-159 next to Cedarhurst Assisted Living.

“The new Central Collinsville Health Center continues SIHF’s mission to bring healthcare directly to the patients who need it most,” said Larry McCulley, president & CEO of SIHF. “Through this relationship with IMPACT Strategies and our other partners, we can ensure the residents of Collinsville will have easy access to comprehensive, integrated care once the center is complete.”

Working in collaboration with IMPACT Strategies on the Central Collinsville Health Center project are Paul Sabal of Bates Architecture of St. Louis, Missouri, Braddock Architectural Services of O’Fallon, Illinois, and Netemeyer Engineering Associates of Aviston, 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.

Aegion Corporation Receives Project of the Year Honors for Two Infrastructure Solutions Projects

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Aegion Corporation (“Aegion” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq Global Select Market: AEGN) today announced that Trenchless Technology magazine has recognized two pipeline projects from Aegion’s Infrastructure Solutions platform in its 2016 annual awards for top trenchless pipeline construction projects in North America. Aegion’s recently acquired Fusible PVC® pipe technology received top honors in the New Installation category while the InsituMain® cured-in-place pipe (“CIPP”) technology received Runner-Up honors in the Rehabilitation category.

Aegion’s project that rehabilitated approximately 1,200 feet of a 12-inch pressure pipeline received recognition as Project of the Year Runner-Up in the Rehabilitation category. The next-generation InsituMain® CIPP product infused with specialized glass materials for increased structural stability was used on the project. Completion of the project required working with multiple government entities, general contractors and engineers during the planning phase and included installation during inclement weather in Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon State Park.In the New Installation category, more than 14,000 feet of Fusible PVC® pipe was used in two long distance horizontal directional drill (HDD) casing installations to house 230 kV power transmission lines beneath an environmentally sensitive area for a large southeast utility. Frank Firsching, President of Aegion’s Infrastructure Solutions platform, said, “This project set the record for our longest HDD installation of Fusible PVC® pipe to date, and tested the ingenuity of our engineering and operations teams to solve the unique technical and logistical challenges presented by twin 7,000 linear foot crossings under the intercoastal waterway. The successful completion of this project is the latest demonstration of the advantages of Fusible PVC® pipe in long distance HDD projects. It also demonstrates the benefits of non-metallic casings in underground power transmission applications.”

Charles R. Gordon, President and CEO of Aegion, said, “I am proud our Company has been recognized by Trenchless Technology for these two projects, which demonstrate the versatility of our technologies as well as the expertise of our sales, engineering and operations teams. Aegion acquired Underground Solutions’ Fusible PVC® pipe technology to not only strengthen our portfolio of pipeline rehabilitation technologies, primarily in pressure pipe applications, but also to add an experienced and dedicated sales force able to work with customers to promote our entire range of engineered solutions. These projects are examples of our commitment to work with customers to provide the best, long lasting solutions to meet their pipeline needs.”

New HOK/CoreNet Global Report Explores Impact of Coworking on Corporate Real Estate

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HOK’s WorkPlace practice, in partnership with the UK Chapter of CoreNet Global, has released a new report that studies the impact of coworking from a corporate real estate (CRE) perspective.

Coworking is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the commercial real estate market. The new report, Coworking: A Corporate Real Estate Perspective, examines the drivers of coworking from the demand and supply sides, the industry risks and implications for corporate real estate, as well as information about the owners, coworkers and centers.

The HOK/CoreNet Global Coworking report highlights the ideas that changing business priorities and the need to attract talented people, reduce real estate costs, improve speed to innovation and increase productivity are driving corporations to consider different workplace models, including on- and off-site coworking.

“Although coworking space makes up less than one percent of the world’s office space, it represents an important workforce trend and highlights the strong desire of today’s employees to have workplace choices, community and flexibility,” said Kay Sargent, director of WorkPlace at HOK. “Driven by demand factors, including next-generation work styles and the desire for real estate portfolio agility, C-suite executives from human resources, operations, real estate and finance are increasingly interested in how coworking affects their work practices and policies—and how they need to design, manage and operate their workplaces.”

Key findings from the Coworking report also include:

The coworking concept is evolving to comprise accelerators, incubators and maker spaces. It reaches beyond office settings to include college campuses, retail locations, hotels and libraries.

The impact of coworking spaces on CRE includes providing new uses for older properties and for underutilized spaces in existing facilities.

The lowest engagement levels are found in employees who never work remotely. The highest employee engagement levels occur among those who work remotely less than 20% of the time.

Many coworking centers emerged in a time of high unemployment and low rents. But 54% of the coworkers will leave a specific location in less than a year. The high turnover and tenant instability challenge coworking centers to maintain profitability. They are vulnerable to market conditions and new competitors.

“For corporate occupiers and other real estate professionals, the coworking trend is worth watching, exploring and testing,” said Curtis Knapp, director of consulting for HOK. “It is a way to add flexibility to the portfolio and help match the ebb and flow of supply and demand. It can be one solution to the many challenges posed by the changing nature of both work and worker.”

HOK Coworking Report

McGrath Completes Construction on $1.9 Million Expansion & Renovation of Pi Beta Phi International Headquarters in St. Louis

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McGrath & Associates has completed construction on the $1.9 million expansion and renovation of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women international headquarters in St. Louis. HKW was the architect.

The expansion connects to Pi Beta Phi’s international headquarters building on Town and Country Commons Drive in west St. Louis County, which McGrath built in 2002.

The 4,200-square-foot two-story expansion includes an enlarged break room, conference room and mailroom on the first floor, and office space and expanded archives on the second floor. The layout of the existing building also was adjusted to add new offices.

Interior finish improvements were made to approximately 65 percent of the existing building space, which was fully occupied during the renovation. McGrath installed temporary workspaces and coordinated extensively with Pi Beta Phi to allow their staff to maintain day-to-day operations.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.

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