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IMPACT Strategies Supports BSA Outfitters Metro East Scout Shop Relocation

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The BSA Outfitters Metro East Scout Shop’s new Fairview Heights, Illinois location opened this fall at 5205 N. Illinois Street (Route 159). Replacing its previous location in Belleville, the new shop is easily accessible from I-64 and is centrally located to serve the needs of all Metro East Boy Scouts.

IMPACT Strategies provided general contracting services including electrical, carpentry, flooring, doors, wood blocking for new fixtures, and more. In addition to its new, convenient location, the relocated 2910 SF Scout Shop has increased retail space for more merchandise, and a fresh, modern look. The facility also includes a Council conference room for meetings.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “We’re honored to continue our firm’s commitment to the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA’s important mission of preparing area youth to become responsible, participating citizens and leaders is one we are proud to support.”

The Metro East Scout Shop is one of six Scout Shops operated by the Greater St. Louis Area Council, BSA. The Council serves 3,700 youth in 63 counties in the Greater St. Louis Area with a mission to provide character development, citizenship training, and physical, mental, and spiritual growth for young people in the community.

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 from its offices in Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio. To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com.

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People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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Robert Hoffman, AIA, Named Managing Principal at Oculus Inc.

Oculus Inc., an award-winning, WBE-certified architecture and interior design firm, has hired Robert A. Hoffman, AIA, as the managing principal for the firm’s Portland office. In his role, Hoffman will oversee the operations, project development and staffing in Portland, as well as focus on growing the firm’s national footprint in the hospitality, multi-family, senior living, retail and commercial office markets.

“What a tremendous advantage to have Robert on board leading and enhancing the capabilities of our talented architects and designers,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “Very rarely do we have the opportunity to bring on such a highly experienced executive architect and are thrilled for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Oculus Inc. entered the Portland hospitality market in 2017 and has since built its practice there and along the west coast as a full-service architectural and interiors design firm. While Oculus now serves all markets from its Portland office, the firm’s West coast presence maintains a heavy concentration in hospitality work. Recently completed projects include the firm’s first out of ground hotel located in Seaside, Ore., and the guest room interiors for the Woodlark Hotel in Portland, which was named a finalist for the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Interior Design Competition.

“Oculus has a demonstrated strength in delivering high profile, unique hospitality environments, so the opportunity to join the firm was an obvious decision for me,” said Hoffman. “I am truly excited to bring our team’s energy and abilities to our clients’ projects!”

Hoffman brings more than 30 years of architectural practice and professional association leadership including business planning and operations, resource management, market strategies, public outreach, communications, and staff development. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Hoffman most recently served as managing principal for a Portland-based architecture firm, responsible for overseeing and supporting the design-build delivery of projects in the hospitality, entertainment, and residential market sectors.

Hoffman also served as the executive vice president and CEO of American Institute of Architects’ Portland and Oregon Chapters from 2014 to 2019, where he oversaw program development and operations for 1,500 members and industry partners. Hoffman has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the College of Design at North Carolina State University.

Tim Marstall Promoted to VP-Engineering at BEX Construction

Tim Marstall

Tim Marstall has been promoted to vice president-engineering at BEX Construction Services. In addition to his role in construction management, he spearheads the development and implementation of process innovations to support BEX Construction’s rapid growth.

Since joining BEX Construction Services as senior project manager in September 2019, he has led BEX teams in completing the unique 9 Mile Garden development in Affton, Edison Spaces’ new liquid office space at Edge@West in Creve Coeur, tenant finishes for medical offices in south St. Louis County, a new POPEYES® restaurant in St. Charles and an emergency renovation following flood damage at House of Denmark in St. Louis County.

Marstall’s project experience spans commercial, educational/institutional, health care, industrial/process, retail, warehouse and parking facilities. He has worked at progressive levels of project management since 1990 in St. Louis and Indianapolis. Marstall is active in several local construction industry associations. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in construction management.

November 26, 2021

Electrical Connection’s Timothy Green Named to St. Charles County Convention & Sports Facilities Authority

Timothy Green

Timothy Green of the Electrical Connection has been named to the St. Charles County Convention and Sports Facilities Authority as a commissioner.  He was nominated to the position by St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann

The St. Charles County Convention and Sports Authority will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding next year. The authority oversees the spending of the revenues to promote and expand convention and sports facilities throughout St. Charles County.

With the Electrical Connection, Green serves as director of governmental affairs for the IBEW/NECA partnership. He served in the Missouri General Assembly for eight years as a State Senator and 14 years as a State Representative.  Green has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 for 40 years and was the president of the Missouri State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO for 20 years.  He also served as a member of the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees.

Green earned a degree in business administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) and is a graduate of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis. 

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  The partnership includes 7,000 IBEW members, including more than 5,400 skilled electricians and communications technicians and 150 electrical and communication contractors.  Collectively, they provide safe and reliable commercial, industrial and residential electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri.  It is an important resource for business and civic leadership for new technology, advancing electrical and communication infrastructure.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

New Public Works Director for the City of Saint Charles

The City of Saint Charles has announced that Nicholas Galla will serve as the new Director of Public Works. Galla has been employed with the City of Saint Charles since 2015 and has over 17 years of experience in civil engineering. Previously, he has served as the Assistant City Engineer for the City of Saint Charles as well as Interim Director of Public Works.

Prior to the City of Saint Charles, Galla was a Senior Transportation Engineer at Olsson Associates and a Squad Leader at HNTB, responsible for managing a team of engineers. A local of Missouri, Galla graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) and has been a licensed professional engineer with the State of Missouri since 2009. He also grew up in the Saint Charles area and graduated from Francis Howell North High School.

“I am extremely proud of our Public Works department and their service to our community,” says Mayor Dan Borgmeyer. “I believe Galla’s knowledge and experience will help bring a fresh perspective to the Public Works department and ensure that Saint Charles remains a beautiful and safe place to live, work and play.”

The Department of Public Works has around 90 employees that help maintain the City’s streets, water mains, sewers, facilities, and other infrastructure, along with 460 miles of right-of-way.

Nick Ellis Promoted to BEX Project Manager

Nick Ellis

Nick Ellis was recently promoted to project manager at BEX Construction Services. He joined BEX Construction in June 2020 as a project engineer assigned to several tilt-up warehouse projects.

At BEX, he works on a wide variety of commercial construction projects. Ellis began his career in transportation design after earning bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering and architectural engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology in 2017.

“I learn something new every day by listening and paying attention to details in close communication with our team,” Ellis said. “Seeing our clients’ projects come together after months or years of hard work is rewarding for the owners as well as for me and the whole BEX team. We know we’ve succeeded when our clients are happy and want to work with us again.”

Founded in 2014, BEX Construction Services is among St. Louis’ fastest growing general contractors. It is a service-oriented firm that tackles projects ranging from interior buildouts and remodels to massive distribution centers. BEX is active in the commercial, educational/institutional, health care, industrial/process, restaurant, retail and warehouse markets throughout the St. Louis region.

November 12, 2021

Clayco Announces Mary Person as Senior Vice President of Public-Private Initiatives

Mary Person

Person will establish public-private market expansion opportunities across the Clayco enterprise, as well as lead programmatic efforts to promote and increase diversity on Clayco projects

Clayco, a full-service turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm, has hired Mary Person as Senior Vice President, Public-Private Initiatives. Person will develop public and public-private sector business development opportunities for Clayco, as well as lead strategic initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) through community engagement.

“With her expertise in community and economic development initiatives that help establish a diverse and local workforce on projects, Mary brings senior executive leadership and vision that will enhance Clayco’s integrated approach to real estate development, design, construction and planning, as well as further our commitment to strengthening the communities where we work,” said David Reifman, president of Clayco’s Chicago Business Unit.

Person will work closely with the Chicago Business Unit of Clayco on business development to enhance public-private market expansion opportunities in Chicago and nationwide. Her vast experience implementing utilization programs for subcontractors, unions and community groups will also enhance Clayco’s DEI initiatives and address the industry’s ongoing labor shortage.

Person joins Clayco from F.H. Paschen where she oversaw DEI strategy as well as client relations with a particular focus on the mass-transit market. Previously, she was Director of Diversity Programs at CTA, where she oversaw the Disadvatange Business Enterprise and EEO Program. Person also led CTA’s diversity strategy for the Red Line South and 95th Street station reconstruction projects.

“Clayco brings the rare combination of creativity, process driven discipline and deep in-house technical expertise to emerging markets. That pedigree, in combination with their ‘people first’ philosophy, makes them an ideal fit for my work ethic and skill set,” said Person. “Joining this team is an honor—loaded with opportunities and challenges. I am excited to dig in with the Clayco team as we drive to become the Contractor/Designer of choice not only in Chicago, but in other developing markets where need and opportunity converge.”

Person holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Loyola University Chicago. She is a board member of Revolution Workshop. Person was recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ Notable Women in Construction and Design for 2020, and received a Diversity First Award from the Illinois Diversity Council.

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering, and construction firm that safely delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. For more information visit claycorp.com.

November 5, 2021

Michele Bugh Joins Alberici as Senior Executive, Project Development

Michele Bugh

Michele Bugh joined Alberici Constructors, Inc. as Senior Executive, Project Development in the firm’s building and healthcare business unit.

In her position, Bugh will act as a key leader in preconstruction and project development efforts at Alberici.  She will nurture partnerships with clients and consultants within the commercial and institutional building sectors. Her focus is to expand Alberici’s presence and build upon its success in the healthcare, research, office, civic, and higher education markets throughout the Midwest.

Bugh joins Alberici with an impressive 28-year track record of successful project development and construction leadership experience. Most recently, Bugh served as a vice president for a national developer/contractor based in Columbus, Ohio where she led the firm’s strategic planning and positioning efforts, client account management, new project development, corporate communications, and marketing.   

“Michele brings in-depth knowledge of design and construction to this role and will be an excellent resource for our clients as they evaluate future building needs,” said Alberici Executive ice President Kevin Williams. “She has a strong reputation for helping clients achieve their business goals through tailored building solutions and will be a great addition to our growing team.”

Alberici’s building and healthcare markets include a diverse portfolio of local projects including Mercy St. Louis’ 272,000-square-foot, Multispecialty Center and Garage; the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden and the new St. Louis CITY SC Stadium and Campus in Downtown West.

“Alberici has been incredibly successful at building complex and technically challenging projects.  I am thrilled to be joining a firm that is not only best-in-class in our industry, but also has a reputation for being one of the most thoughtful and caring of its clients and employees,” said Bugh.  

An active industry and community supporter, Bugh is past board present of the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Columbus Chapter, and has served as committee chair at several prominent education and art institutions.  She currently serves on the Parent Council Advisory Board at Eckerd College.

Bugh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Communications from The Ohio State University and resides in St. Louis.

Alberici is a leading North American construction company serving the civil, energy, building, healthcare, heavy industrial, manufacturing, water/wastewater, and automotive industries. Founded in 1918 in St. Louis, Alberici is a recognized leader in the construction industry focused on providing clients with rock-solid reliability, the highest standards of quality and safety and innovative solutions for the most complex building needs. More information about the company is available online at www.alberici.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

IMPACT Strategies Adds Cole Loftus as Market Development Manager

Newly created position will serve the firm’s multiple geographical markets.

Cole Loftus

Cole Loftus joins the team at IMPACT Strategies in the newly created position of Market Development Manager. In his new role, Cole will continue in IMPACT’s core purpose of developing industry relationships by identifying, qualifying, and developing project pursuit opportunities across the firm’s multiple markets which include Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio/Northern Kentucky.

Cole brings an impressive background in outside sales with experience working at several companies. A native St. Louisan, he graduated from CBC High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Rockhurst University.

“I’m excited to get to work developing new relationships and opportunities for IMPACT Strategies,” said Loftus. “Connecting clients in both the St. Louis and Cincinnati metro areas with the proven construction services IMPACT offers is something I’m extremely proud to do.”

Cole and his wife, Molly, live in St. Louis County; they have one child and another on the way.

Nick Walker, vice president, project development and strategy at IMPACT Strategies, said, “The addition of Cole to our team will help us continue to grow as a company, while still providing excellence in construction to our clients. His passion for people and connecting makes him a valuable resource for both our clients and the IMPACT Strategies team.”

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 from its offices in Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio.

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Tim Marstall Promoted to VP-Engineering at BEX Construction

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Tim Marstall has been promoted to vice president-engineering at BEX Construction Services. In addition to his role in construction management, he spearheads the development and implementation of process innovations to support BEX Construction’s rapid growth.

Since joining BEX Construction Services as senior project manager in September 2019, he has led BEX teams in completing the unique 9 Mile Garden development in Affton, Edison Spaces’ new liquid office space at Edge@West in Creve Coeur, tenant finishes for medical offices in south St. Louis County, a new POPEYES® restaurant in St. Charles and an emergency renovation following flood damage at House of Denmark in St. Louis County.

Marstall’s project experience spans commercial, educational/institutional, health care, industrial/process, retail, warehouse and parking facilities. He has worked at progressive levels of project management since 1990 in St. Louis and Indianapolis. Marstall is active in several local construction industry associations. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in construction management.

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Robert Hoffman, AIA, Named Managing Principal at Oculus Inc.

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Oculus Inc., an award-winning, WBE-certified architecture and interior design firm, has hired Robert A. Hoffman, AIA, as the managing principal for the firm’s Portland office. In his role, Hoffman will oversee the operations, project development and staffing in Portland, as well as focus on growing the firm’s national footprint in the hospitality, multi-family, senior living, retail and commercial office markets.

“What a tremendous advantage to have Robert on board leading and enhancing the capabilities of our talented architects and designers,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “Very rarely do we have the opportunity to bring on such a highly experienced executive architect and are thrilled for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Oculus Inc. entered the Portland hospitality market in 2017 and has since built its practice there and along the west coast as a full-service architectural and interiors design firm. While Oculus now serves all markets from its Portland office, the firm’s West coast presence maintains a heavy concentration in hospitality work. Recently completed projects include the firm’s first out of ground hotel located in Seaside, Ore., and the guest room interiors for the Woodlark Hotel in Portland, which was named a finalist for the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Interior Design Competition.

“Oculus has a demonstrated strength in delivering high profile, unique hospitality environments, so the opportunity to join the firm was an obvious decision for me,” said Hoffman. “I am truly excited to bring our team’s energy and abilities to our clients’ projects!”

Hoffman brings more than 30 years of architectural practice and professional association leadership including business planning and operations, resource management, market strategies, public outreach, communications, and staff development. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Hoffman most recently served as managing principal for a Portland-based architecture firm, responsible for overseeing and supporting the design-build delivery of projects in the hospitality, entertainment, and residential market sectors.

Hoffman also served as the executive vice president and CEO of American Institute of Architects’ Portland and Oregon Chapters from 2014 to 2019, where he oversaw program development and operations for 1,500 members and industry partners. Hoffman has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the College of Design at North Carolina State University.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior design, planning and move management services with a driving aesthetic to Connect | Shape | Move people, experiences, sensibilities, and spaces. Oculus creates high-performance design that supports change and promotes value for clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, restaurant and workplace industries. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design. Oculusinc.com.

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Perfecting the Art of Anodizing Architectural Metals Inc. Poised for Growth

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Architectural Metals Inc. (AMI), a St. Louis based family-owned anodizing company, has announced significant investments in capital equipment, functionality, and process improvement.  The investments were made to support the company’s growing list of clients and offer significant additional capacity for additional projects and building materials. It’s all tied together on AMI’s new, state-of-the-art website.

AMI has been a family-owned business for more than 60 years and was originally founded to support the needs of its sister company, WINCO Window Company. As the firm’s anodizing expertise grew, AMI has served clients in a variety of industries outside the window business, as well as other window manufacturers.

“As the pandemic provided some time to upgrade our business, we re-imagined how we can better serve current and potential customers,” says Sharon Gambill, plant manager. “Upgrades in technologies and processing techniques made it possible to expand work capacity by as much as 60 percent.”

AMI is unique in the industry as a mid-sized anodizer with capabilities for multi

-rack orders or single racks with custom fabrications. Large format tanks and the ability to build custom racking on site allow AMI to handle awkward shapes like ladders, stair treads, and railings with ease.

“Craftsmanship sets AMI apart,” explains Joe Boone, customer service & sales support specialist. “Many of our employees have a minimum of 15 years of experience in the anodizing industry. Communication is vital so our sales group and craftsmen are on the floor together. Special requirements, job changes, questions are handled quickly because we’re all working together.”

AMI has managed to expand their business by offering services not usually available for companies of their size. They are one of 15 companies in the industry that provides extrusion thermal barrier plastic stitching and pour & debridge processing. Break metal aluminum sheet fabrication, small batch Kynar paint, along with storage capabilities to keep client inventory on-site is also available.

AMI has honed their business model to focus on customized service with quick turnaround. Careful packing and shipping ensure products are received on time and undamaged. AMI can unload and load material indoors in a convenient pull through truck way.  Its central location in St. Louis provides for easy access for regional customers.

AMI draws on the experience of a huge community as consultants to their business and help with chemical issues. They primarily use chemicals from Reliant Corporation, one of the largest anodizing chemical suppliers in the country and is an active member of the American Anodizing Council.

AMI works with fabricators of aluminum products and extruders for commercial and residential industries nationwide. For more information, contact AMI at (314) 328-2052 or visit Info@Archmetal.com.

Centrally located in St. Louis, Missouri, Architectural Metals (AMI) has been a leader in the anodizing and metal finishing business for more than 60 years, specializing in large extrusion and fabricated work.  In addition to supplying anodizing to its sister company, WINCO Window Company, AMI provides anodizing and warehousing services to multiple industries, including commercial kitchen equipment, architectural railings and many others.  For more information, visit  https://www.archmetal.com or call 314-328-2062. 

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Holland Construction Services Completes Renovations on Historic Lofts on the Square

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Holland Construction Services has completed the $14.6 million renovation of the former Meredith Home/Hotel Belleville, now known as Lofts on the Square, located prominently on the Public Square in Downtown Belleville. The highly anticipated senior living project, located at 16 S. Illinois Street in Belleville, includes 47 apartments, common areas, activity spaces, a library/computer lab, an exercise room and storage facilities. The six-story building also includes 3,000 square feet of leasable restaurant and retail space on the street-level first floor.

Holland Construction Senior Project Manager, Tim Simon, said renovating the nearly 90-year-old building, which was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the project, came with a unique set of challenges, that his team was able to address the issues and still deliver the project on time and within budget.

“It’s been exciting to essentially bring this historic building back to life and make it shine again,” said Simon. “Our goal was to retrofit this building, which was built in 1931, with 21st century technology without losing any of its original character. We encountered some unexpected supply chain issues, such as the historic, custom-made doors taking three months longer than expected to get in, but we were able to work around those challenges and deliver a finished project we are all really proud of.”

The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA) and St. Louis-based Bywater Development Group purchased the long-vacant building from the City of Belleville and were the developers on the project. SWIDA executive director Mike Lundy said their goal was to retain the building’s original interior and exterior historic character-defining elements, while re-purposing the building as residential apartments, bringing new vitality to Downtown Belleville.

“This is a building that was once slated for demolition, and now, we feel confident it will become a focal point of our city,” said Lundy. “Holland went the extra mile on many occasions to find innovative ways to ensure this project stayed true to our original vision for it and communicated with us every step of the way. We are thrilled with the end result.”

Lundy said the Lofts on the Square apartments are available to senior citizens, 55 and older, who meet income requirements and that, while apartments are renting quickly, spaces are currently available for lease. The senior apartments are on the second through sixth floors and the first floor features a restored lobby area and street-level commercial space. No tenants for the commercial space have been named yet. Those interested can call 618-345-3400 or email loftsonthesquare@sugarcreekcapital.com.

About Holland

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 clients the best possible build experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Holland offers pre-construction, construction and virtual design & construction services to commercial, education, healthcare, industrial, multi-family, municipal, recreation, and senior living clients. The St. Louis Business Journal ranks Holland as a “Best Places to Work” and one of the top 15 contractors in the St. Louis area. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

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Midamerica St. Louis Airport Selects Avports, LLC As New Firefighting And Security Partner

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The St. Clair County Public Building Commission (PBC) on Nov. 22 approved the selection of Avports, LLC, to provide aircraft rescue and firefighting, airport operations and security services for MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. The approved five-year contractfor the work – collectively referred to as ARFF services -totals just under $1.1 million per year. Virginia-based Avports was selected out of a group of four bidders who were vying for the contract, including the incumbent, Pro-Tec Fire Service, Ltd., of Wisconsin, which had held the contract since the airport opened. 

Avports depth of experience gained through the provision of management services for 30 other U.S. Airports, and its current relationships with nine US airports where they provide services similar to those being sought by MidAmerica, along with the strength, stability and diversity of its workforce totaling more than 650 experienced airport staff, were key considerations in the company’s selection.

“MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is going through a period of exceptional growth in our passenger traffic and also welcoming dramatic expansions by long-term tenants such as Boeing,” said St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern. “That growth dictates that we must provide a new and enhanced level of security and operations services from a team that we believe can be a valuable partner for us today and into the future.”

Avports, which is recognized as one of the most experienced private operators in the U.S., will specifically be responsible for providing the staffing resources to cover emergency response, airport operation area inspections and fire inspections at the airport, in addition to Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, airport operations and security services, all of which are required by the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration and the state.

“Avports is excited to work with our new partners at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport next year and continue to expand our reach in the Midwest,” said Jorge Roberts, CEO of Avports. “Avports has led the way in airport operations for 94 years. We look forward to ensuring the safest possible air travel and highest level of service for the St. Louis area.”

Avports will begin providing services on June 1, 2022, coming to the airport at a pivotal time in its growth. The new $200 million Boeing facility being built at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is on target for completion in 2024, at which time the global aerospace company will add at least 150 more employees at that location. The $96 million MetroLink light rail extension from Scott Air Force Base to MidAmerica Airport is expected to open in 2024. A total of $22.5 million has been secured toward the $34 million terminal expansion project at MidAmerica Airport and construction is well underway on the second and most significant phase. The remaining cost will be covered by additional FAA and state dollars. Meanwhile, the airport expects to set a new all-time high passenger-enplanement record for 2021 as an estimated 160,000 passengers take advantage of the affordable, convenient opportunities to travel to one of twelve destinations currently served by Allegiant from MidAmerica.

“It’s an exciting time for MidAmerica St. Louis Airport and our commitment to providing the highest levels of safety and security has never been greater,” said Bryan Johnson, director of MidAmerica Airport. “From their outstanding track record developed over more than nine decades in the industry to the development of their proprietary “Safe Hands” program detailing their procedures in response to COVID‐19, we have every confidence that we will be in good hands with the team at Avports.”

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is located in Mascoutah, Illinois, in the eastern portion of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Passenger service to a dozen different destinations is offered by Allegiant. Major multimodal rail and inland port centers are located within 22 miles of the airport, which also enjoys easy access to five interstate highways via I-64.  With parallel runways of 8,000 and 10,000 feet, the airport can handle simultaneous take-offs and landings in all conditions, minimizing delays.  It has an annual capacity of 200,000 operations.  www.flymidamerica.com

Avports is the most experienced American owned and based airport manager and operator, with more than 650 employees and a 94-year track record. Founded in 1927 as the airport infrastructure operator division of Pan American World Airways, Avports has operated more than 30 airports, aviation facilities and passenger terminals in the United States. Avports currently provides O&M services at: Albany International Airport, New York Stewart International Airport, Republic Airport, and Westchester County Airport in New York; Teterboro Airport in New Jersey; Tweed New Haven Airport in Connecticut; Gary Chicago International Airport in Indiana;  Moffett Federal Airfield in California; Detroit Metro Airport North Terminal in Michigan; and as an O&M advisor in the development of Airglades Airport in Florida. www.avports.com

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Rises in October

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Two-Thirds of Metros Add Jobs in Past Year

 Submitted by AGC.

Construction spending rose by 0.2% from an upwardly revised September rate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.60 trillion in October, the Census Bureau reported on Wednesday. Monthly increases in 14 of the 16 nonresidential categories more than offset decreases in residential spending. However, the opposite pattern held for year-to-date spending in the first 10 months of 2021, which rose 7.5% from the total for January-October 2020. Private residential construction spending declined for the third time in the past four months, by 0.5%, but soared 24% year-to-date (single-family, 36% year-to-date; multifamily, 17%; and owner-occupied improvements, 12%). Nonresidential activity climbed 0.9% for the month but was down 4.7% year-to-date. Public construction spending jumped 1.8% for the month but was 4.8% lower year-to-date. The largest public segment, highway and street construction, rose 2.4% from the prior month but trailed by 0.9% year-to-date. Public education construction edged up 0.2% for the month but slumped 7.6% year-to-date. Public transportation construction rose 1.7% from September but lagged the 2020 year-to-date total by 6.3%. Private nonresidential construction spending inched up 0.2% for the month but trailed by 4.6% year-to-date. The largest private nonresidential segment (ranked by year-to-date spending)—power—fell 0.6% and 3.3%, respectively (including electric power, -2.1% year-to-date, and oil and gas field structures and pipelines, -7.1% year-to-date), followed by commercial, down 0.1% for the month but up 2.6% year-to-date (including warehouse, 14% year-to-date, and retail, -12% year-to-date); manufacturing, up 0.3% for the month and up 2.8% year-to-date; and office, 0.2% and -7.9%, respectively. Lodging had the largest year-to-date decrease, -32%.

Contractor readers are invited to fill out AGC’s 2022 Hiring and Business Outlook Survey by December 13. Results will be released in mid-January.

Construction employment, not seasonally adjusted, rose from October 2020 to October 2021 in 236 (66%) of the 358 metro areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which BLS posts construction employment data, fell in 72 (20%) and was unchanged in 50, according to an analysis AGC released on Tuesday. (BLS reports combined totals for mining, logging, and construction in most metro areas, to avoid disclosing data about industries with few employers; AGC assumes the construction-only changes in these areas match the combined change.) The largest losses again occurred in the Nassau County-Suffolk County, N.Y. division (-6,700 combined jobs, -8%) and New York City (-4,200 combined jobs, -3%), followed by the Orange-Rockland-Westchester counties, N.Y. division (-3,600 combined jobs, -8%); the Dallas-Plano-Irving division (-2,800 combined jobs, -2%); and the Calvert-Charles-Prince George’s counties, Md. division (-2,600 combined jobs, -8%). Evansville, Ind.-Ky. again experienced the steepest percentage decline (-17%, -1,700 combined jobs), followed by Altoona, Pa. (-13%, -400 combined jobs); Watertown-Fort Drum, N.Y (-11%, -200 combined jobs); and the Gary, Ind. division (-10%, -1,700 construction jobs). Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade again added the most jobs (6,800 construction jobs, 9%), followed by the Boston-Cambridge-Newton division (6,600 combined jobs, 9%); Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (6,400 construction jobs, 8%); the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett division (5,500 construction jobs, 5%); and Pittsburgh (5,200 construction jobs, 9%). Worcester, Mass.-Conn. had the highest percentage increase (20%, 2,000 combined jobs), followed by Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas (19%, 3,200 combined jobs); Sioux Falls, S.D. (19%, 1,800 combined jobs); Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. (16%, 800 combined jobs); and Sierra Vista-Douglas, Ariz. (15%, 500 combined jobs). Eight areas set new lows for October and 50 set new highs, in series dating in most cases to 1990.

Price movements for construction inputs have become variable, in contrast to the across-the-board increases earlier in the year. Commercial Metals Company notified customers on Monday, “Effective immediately, we are increasing the transactional price for reinforcing steel products from our East Region Mills in South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee & New Jersey, $30/ton.” New South Construction Supply reported on November 23, “Wire mesh continues this year’s historic climb, and another price increase [of $80/ton] was pushed through on November 10….Mesh prices have more than doubled since November of 2020….Lead times on newly placed orders are still running three to four months before delivery. Rebar also saw…a $40 per ton increase effective” on October 29. The Commerce Department announced on November 24 that it the U.S. would retroactively double the duty on Canadian softwood lumber, from 9% to 18%. The January futures price for lumber on the CME exchange closed on Wednesday at $869.50 per thousand board feet, a $333 (62%) increase since November 15. In contrast, the near-month copper futures price closed on Wednesday at $4.27/pound, a drop of almost 10% from the near-record level of $4.73 on October 20. The national average retail price of on-highway diesel fuel on Monday was $3.72 per gallon, a dip of 1.4 cents from the seven-year high set on November 15 but $1.22 (49%) higher than a year ago, the Energy Information Administration reported on Monday.

“Economic activity grew at a modest to moderate pace in most Federal Reserve Districts during October and early November, the Federal Reserve reported on Wednesday in the latest “Beige Book,” a compilation of informal soundings of businesses by the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. “Construction activity generally increased but was held back by scarce materials and labor.”

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2022 AGC Equipment, Technology & Construction Solutions Expo

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The 2022 AGC Equipment, Technology & Construction Solutions Expo will be the place to be at the AGC Convention! We’re expecting over 2,000 attendees at this year’s event.

The AGC Expo will include three Networking Happy Hours, two Luncheons, and multiple Networking Breaks. The Exhibit Hall will also include multiple activity areas boasting mechanical bull rides, armadillo races, and live music for attendees.

Act now, as rates increase on 12/1! Contact Heather McKean at exhibitsales@agc.org for more details.

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Electrical Connection’s Jim Curran Re-elected to Two-Year Term on Executive Committee of the Hawthorn Foundation Board

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Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection has been re-elected to serve another two-year term on executive committee for the board of the Missouri business organization Hawthorn Foundation.  The executive committee guides the Hawthorn Foundation’s day-to-day operations.  Curran will also chair the Hawthorn Foundation membership committee.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association. 

For more than 30 years, the Hawthorn Foundation has partnered with Missouri governors, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, as well as a myriad of local and regional economic development organizations, to create and support initiatives that are focused on attracting business to the state. 

Curran has orchestrated several recruitment events for the Hawthorn Foundation at Busch Stadium, including one this year during a Cardinal game.  He has also served as an important resource on electric and communications technology infrastructure integral to the state’s future.

In addition to the Hawthorn Foundation, Curran’s board service also includes Missouri Energy Initiative; Greater St. Louis, Inc.; Saint Louis Science Center; Economic Development Center of St. Charles County; U.S. Heartland China Association; Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter; and Downtown St. Louis, Inc.

       Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

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