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U-Haul to Remove Blight of Abandoned Auto Dealership for New Facility in Florissant

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U-Haul LogoU-Haul will soon begin construction on a three-story, 79,330-square-foot facility to serve the do-it-yourself mover and self-storage customer northwest of St. Louis.

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Florissant II at 1350 N. Lindbergh Blvd. will be operated remotely by U-Haul Moving & Storage of Florissant, located one-eighth of a mile east of the acquired site. A building erected in the 1960s that once housed a prominent auto dealership occupies the site, but it has been condemned and will soon be leveled after sitting vacant for more than eight years.

“U-Haul is happy to provide the Florissant community relief from a property that had become such an eyesore,” said Mike White, U-Haul Company of Missouri Northeast president. “When we’re finished, this neighborhood won’t have to worry about blight from a condemned building. There will be a beautiful self-storage facility in its place.”

When construction at the 3.63-acre property is done, the facility will include a U-Box warehouse in addition to indoor, climate-controlled self-storage with state-of-the-art security features. It will offer 24-hour accessibility for customer convenience.

“We only have 10 self-storage units at our current Florissant location,” White said. “Having this additional facility is going to provide a much-needed service. The members of this community are really excited for us to open. We have a ‘coming soon’ sign out and residents are already coming by to ask when we will start offering self-storage. Everyone is on board with what we’re doing.”

U-Haul is a proud sponsor of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. The Company is honoring Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans by supporting the events in Oahu commemorating the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. Founded by a WWII Navy veteran and his wife, U-Haul makes veterans a focus of its charitable works and has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top veteran-friendly U.S. employers. Any Pearl Harbor survivors affiliated with U-Haul Team Members or neighborhood dealers are encouraged to contact U-Haul at

IWR Honored with Two Craftsmanship Awards for Shriners Hospital for Children Project

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St. Louis-based building enclosure contractor recognized by CSI and AIA

St. Louis-based building enclosure contractor IWR North America, formerly IWR Building Systems, recently won the 2016 North Central Region Craftsmanship Award presented by the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) and The American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis 2016 Design Award in the craftsmanship category for its work on the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The CSI award is presented to organizations for superior craftsmanship in the construction industry within the region in the person’s trade profession. Many organizations in the region recognize outstanding design, but very few emphasize craftsmanship.

The AIA Awards Program celebrates the best architectural designs in five categories:  unbuilt, interiors, architecture, drawings and craftsmanship. The winning project represented the finest standards in craftsmanship in the community.

“We are honored to have received such prestigious awards in today’s competitive and challenging construction environment,” said Todd Staley, general manager of IWR. “The on-the-ground labor force and team of Local 36 sheet metal workers, led by IWR Superintendent Mike Sheriff, are truly the ones who deserve these craftsmanship awards for installing the highly complex building envelope.”

The building exterior consists of 3,600 rotated square ACM metal panels that required precise craftsmanship due to the intricate geometric details of the building surface. The panel system has been engineered with a pressure-equalized rain screen design allowing for a drainage cavity behind the panels. To reassure the building owner that the enclosure would function properly, IWR became the only exterior contractor in St. Louis to be certified by the ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America) as a requirement to having a weather-resistant barrier installed.

“The detailed integration of all the exterior systems allowed this complicated curved and coplanar design to result in a high-performing façade,” said Matt Ford of Universe Corporation. “IWR’s precise installation resulted in a uniform, streamlined appearance of the building located directly off the interstate.”

IWR North America, formerly IWR Building Systems, is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. IWR is one of the longest standing specialty contractors in the United States focusing on total building envelope solutions.

Midwest Block & Brick Expands Across The Midwest Through Acquisitions

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Midwest Block & Brick, a division of Midwest Products Group, announces the expansion of the company across several states.  The expansion has taken place over several months and year, and included in this expansion activity is the acquisition of several regional block and brick competitors – Basic Block Group LLC; Boral Bricks, Inc. (Paducah, KY showroom); Chandler Materials Company; Glenstone Block Company; Kenco Enterprises; Long Block & Brick; Nattinger Materials Company; Ready Mix USA, LLC; and Southern Concrete Products, Inc.

Midwest Block & Brick is now comprised of 350 employees working in 19 manufacturing, warehouse and showroom locations in 7 states, including:

Patrick Dubbert, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Midwest Block & Brick, comments, “These acquisitions and resulting expansion of Midwest Block & Brick gives us a presence in the southern states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas. We are now able to offer more products and options, as well as a more experienced labor force and well-trained sales team for both our retail and construction industry customers.”  Dubbert adds, “This expansion ultimately gives the consumer more choices for their block and brick projects, and more places to choose their materials from.” For more information about Midwest Block & Brick and the company’s recent acquisitions and expansion please contact Jodi Winegar with Midwest Block & Brick at 573.635.7206 or visit their web site at  

Midwest Block & Brick manufactures and distributes concrete block, retaining walls, pavers, brick, stone, and other masonry and landscape products “Made in America Since 1948”.


Spellman Brady Completes Interior Design of the Woodlands of John Knox Village

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Spellman Brady & Company is pleased to announce the completion of the interior design for the Woodlands of John Knox Village in Pompano, Florida. The $34 million Woodlands project consists of a 7-story, 124,633 square-foot building housing 144 suite-residences for elders requiring state-of-the-art skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation care. Spellman Brady provided full interior design services for the project which included design, selection and specification of the project’s finishes, furniture and artwork, as well as the procurement and installation of the furniture and artwork.

The overall design of the Woodlands consists of common and social areas on the first floor and utilizes an innovative Green House® philosophy for the private home-style 144 suites on the upper six floors of the facility. Each of the resident floors has two Green House® homes with 12 private bedroom suites with personal bathrooms. The suites are organized around a shared hearth living room with an adjacent open kitchen and dining room.

Spellman Brady’s overall design concept for the project was inspired by the colors, animals, flora and fauna of South Florida. The interiors were planned to be bright, cheerful and uplifting in order to give the elders the experience of a “real home”. Artwork was a blend of newly procured pieces and some “donated” pieces from the residents of the community.

Spellman Brady & Company, a nationally recognized, woman-owned interior planning and procurement firm, collaborated with architects RDG Planning & Design from Omaha, Nebraska; Gallo Herbert Architects, the owner’s representative and The Weitz Company of West Palm Beach, Florida, the project’s general contractor.

John Knox Village is a Life Plan Retirement Community encompassing a full range of independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care options for more than 1,000 residents. Since 1967, John Knox Village has been a home to an eclectic mix of “realistic idealists,” who believe in planning for an uncertain future while enjoying a fulfilling present.

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

Holland Construction Services Breaks Ground on Addition at Oak Hill

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Oak Hill GroundbreakingHolland  Construction  Services,  Inc. (Holland)  joined  with  staff  and  residents  of  Oak  Hill,  along with members of the Waterloo community, at a ground breaking celebration for Oak Hill’s new transitional care center.

The 16,000 square‐foot addition, called Evergreen Pointe, will include 7 long‐term private rooms in addition to a short‐term rehab unit with 14 private rooms. The new addition will also feature a dining room, common area, and courtyard.

“The  purpose  of  this  addition  will  be  to  provide  services  to  those  who  are  just  coming  to  Oak  Hill  for a short‐term rehabilitative stay while recovering from a surgery or illness such as a hip fracture, knee replacement, stroke, etc,” said  Kim Keckritz, Administrator at Oak Hill.

Oak Hill has been servicing the residents of Monroe County for over 65 years. In addition to their rehabilitation services, they also offer senior living apartments, memory care, and skilled care.

Grubbs & Associates out of Hazelwood, Missouri, is the architect on the project.  Work on the new addition is scheduled  to be complete in May 2017.

Holland  Construction  Services  is  a  full‐service  construction  management,  general  contracting,  and  design/build  firm  based in Swansea, Ill., guided  by  the  principle  of  providing  our  clients  the  best  possible  building experience  on every  project.



S. M. Wilson & Co. Building New $6 Million Fire Station Headquarters for City of Maplewood

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The City of Maplewood, Missouri has selected S. M. Wilson & Co. to build a new $6 million fire station headquarters to house the City’s fire department.  The 18,897 square foot facility is being built on City property just west of Maplewood City Hall and will replace the current fire station, which is more than 50 years old.

The first floor will feature offices, along wth a training and multi-purpose room. Living quarters, a dayroom, kitchen and dining area will be located on the second floor. The fire station will also have three drive-through apparatus bays and a training tower.

The facility was designed and is being built to achieve LEED Silver Certification.

S. M. Wilson will provide pre-construction and construction management services for the project. It is scheduled to be completed in April 2017.  JEMA is the architect for the project.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.  S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area.  The company posted $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.

The Korte Company Begins Construction On $23 Million Health Clinic Modernization Project – Kings Bay, Georgia

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Renovations have begun at the Branch Health Clinic, located on the Naval Station in Kings Bay, Georgia. The 60,000 square foot modernization project includes the design and repair of existing medical and dental space.

The Naval Branch Health Clinic at Kings Bay is the primary care facility for all active duty personnel and their families stationed at the base. The facility houses outpatient health care including Primary Medical Care (Medical Home Port), Immunizations, Behavioral Health, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Preventive Medicine, Radiology, Dental, Medical Administration, Undersea Medicine, and Pharmacy.

The scope of work includes extensive floor plan alterations, modifications to structural components, minor site work and a comprehensive replacement of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, telecommunications, fire alarm and sprinkler systems as well as medical equipment and furniture, fixtures and equipment.

A phased construction schedule will enable the facility to remain occupied and fully operational during the modernization and renovation. When complete, the facility is expected to receive USGBC LEED Silver Certification.

Burns & McDonnell Moves Up in Rankings

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Missouri-based  Burns & McDonnell has moved up to No. 3 on Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine’s 2016 MEP Giants ranking of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering firms. The top 100 engineering firms distinguished by this award are recognized in theAugust 2016 issue of CSE.


Burns & McDonnell reported $215.6 million in revenue from mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering services in the 2016 survey, up from $194.8 million the prior year. Revenue reported on the 2016 MEP ranking was earned during fiscal 2015. Burns & McDonnell ranked 4th the 2015 MEP Giants survey.

According to CSE, Burns & McDonnell also ranked 3rd among the MEP Giants firms in a ranking of overall revenue for fiscal 2015. MEP revenue was 8 percent of Burns & McDonnell’s $2.6 billion in total revenue for 2015.

Much of Burns & McDonnell’s MEP project work reflects continued demand for consulting engineering, architectural design and commercial construction services for large, complex manufacturing, aerospace, higher education, military, civilian government, healthcare and commercial office facilities.

“Our clients are looking for more value-driven design and construction services and that requires a tightly integrated team of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection professionals,” said Mike Fenske, senior vice president of the Global Facilities Group at Burns & McDonnell. “MEP engineering services are increasingly important to meeting project owners’ demands for extremely fast schedules and fixed budgets for facilities with very low operations and maintenance costs.”

According to CSE, the firms ranked as 2016 MEP Giants generated approximately $47.4 billion in gross annual revenue during the previous fiscal year, a $5.5 billion increase from the prior year.

McCarthy Building Companies Begins Construction on New Johnson Controls $150 Million Engineering & Test Facility

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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. recently started work on a $150 million Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center in Hopewell Township, near York, Pennsylvania. The center will consolidate testing facilities spread out over Johnson Controls’ existing campus, located 15 miles north in York, into a new state-of-the-art facility. The project is a joint venture between McCarthy, PJ Dick, and Stewart & Tate Contracting.

The Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center will comprise two separate buildings, a 250,000-square-foot test laboratory and a 107,000-square-foot engineering building. The test facility will include the latest testing technology for air handlers and chillers and will be the largest test facility in North America.

“This facility is a one-of-a-kind project, and ultimately the joint venture team was selected based on their depth of experience in constructing unique research facilities across the country and specifically in the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Laura Wand, vice president of global chillers, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency. “This unprecedented investment supports our commitment to engineering and marketing the best chillers and air handling units in the world. Our new Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center and our highly technical workforce in York County and around the world will continue to drive global growth for Johnson Controls.”

An estimated 480 jobs will relocate from the current Johnson Controls campus to the new facility once it is complete. The current campus will also remain open.

“Our team is pleased to continue to expand our relationship with Johnson Controls, and we are ready to apply our expertise and technology to deliver this state-of-the-art facility for a valued client,” said McCarthy Project Director Ryan Molen.


Mountain Resort-Style Living Coming To Wildwood

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Limited number of energy-efficient rustic timber frame homes available

Wildwood will soon be home to a unique living experience unlike any other in the St Louis area. The Timbers at Fox Mountain, a new home development spearheaded by custom home builder Hibbs Homes, will offer mountain resort-style timber homes in the heart of Meramec Valley, just minutes from I-44, in the sought-after Rockwood School District. The community will also be the first fully energy efficient community in the St. Louis region.

The community, launching in September 2016, will include just eight home sites, with finished home prices starting at $695,000. The Timbers at Fox Mountain is located in the Rockwood School District, and is centrally located while also being nestled away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Shopping, dining and entertainment options are abundant with historic downtown Pacific, Eureka and Wildwood town centers all within minutes of the community.

Private wooded lots will range from 3 to 14 acres and will provide homeowners with easy access to a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding with close proximity to major parks such as Rockwoods Reservation, Pacific Palisades Conservation Area, Route 66 State Park and West Tyson County Park. The resort-style neighborhood is also just minutes from Hidden Valley Ski Resort. The location is a golfer’s dream with close proximity to some of the most impressive golf courses the state has to offer, including The Legends, Pevely Farms, The Aberdeen, The Crescent, and Fox Run golf clubs all located within minutes of The Timbers at Fox Mountain.

Unique timber frame home designs

In addition to the one-of-a-kind landscapes available, the community will also offer truly unique timber frame home designs that are both rustic and luxurious. The team at Hibbs Homes will design each home to highlight the natural beauty of the scenery.

“The landscape here is so unique and beautiful that we wanted to create home designs that felt like an organic extension of the natural environment. We had a vision to create a community where the homeowners would feel as if they have their own getaway every day,” said Kim Hibbs, CEO of Hibbs Homes. “

St. Louis’s First Fully Energy Efficient Community

Known for groundbreaking work in energy efficient, sustainable home building, Hibbs will launch the Timbers at Fox Mountain as a fully energy efficient community. Energy Star appliances and Energy Star rated windows will be standard in every home. Homeowners will have the option to further improve their level of efficiency with optional additions including Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), upgraded insulation packages, geothermal heating and cooling systems and more.

Located off one-half mile off of Fox Creek Road on Model Realty Road in Wildwood, the community sales will begin in early fall in partnership with Tom Shaw Realtors and Coldwell Banker Gundaker in Town & Country. For more information on the Timbers at Fox Mountain, contact community agent Jan Hibbs at (314) 392-9631 x1 or visit

Hibbs Homes is a leading custom home builder in the St. Louis area. Since 2004, the local builder has focused on custom and luxury homes for a variety of price ranges and lifestyles.

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