KCU Receives Nearly $40 Million from Joplin Community to Build New Medical School in Rural Missouri

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) is closing in on $40 million in donations toward the planned development of a second College of Osteopathic Medicine in Joplin, Missouri. The Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance (JRMSA), a not-for-profit foundation formed through an alliance of medical and community leaders, has raised $29.6 million toward its $30 million pledge to KCU for the project. An in-kind donation of land and former hospital building from Mercy Hospital Joplin is valued at $9.5 million.

KCU-Joplin, the first new medical school in Missouri in nearly 50 years, represents the realization of a shared vision for the region, and has been made possible through collaboration among KCU, Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health System, the City of Joplin and philanthropic leadership from the surrounding community. Freeman Health System has pledged a multi-million dollar gift, as well as a commitment to provide medical student training for KCU.

“The expansion of KCU to an additional location marks a significant moment for our University and an opportunity to help address the rural health care needs of Missouri and the region,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, president and chief executive officer, KCU. “As the second-leading producer of physicians for Missouri andKansas, and with nearly 40 percent of our graduates practicing medicine in rural areas, this was a logical decision for us. We are honored that the Joplin community has chosen our University as a partner and provided such impressive philanthropic support.”

The KCU campus will be located on the site of Mercy’s former hospital, which was constructed in 2012 to serve as a temporary facility following the destruction of St. John’s Hospital during the devastating Joplin tornado in 2011. The facility represents a nearly $10 million donation.

“I’m proud of the regional leadership in our community that has helped us achieve this milestone,” said Larry McIntire, DO, president of the JRMSA. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Rudy Farber, chairman of Community Bank & Trust, who leads this impressive fundraising initiative, and we are excited to welcome KCU into our community to provide the best educational opportunities for our home-grown physicians.”

KCU is the 12th-largest medical school in the U.S. and a national leader in the education and training of osteopathic physicians.

Renovations Complete at Two Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Facilities

Construction-management firm, IMPACT Strategies, today announced it has completed two major renovation projects for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF). Last year IMPACT began both projects, including a $2.4 million expansion and renovation at SIHF’s Centreville Health Center in Centreville, Illinois, and a $600,000 renovation of SIHF’s new Charleston Health Center location in Charleston, Illinois.

SIHF Centreville HC The multi-phased project at the Centreville Health Center involved renovating approximately 24,000 square feet of SIHF’s current facility at 6000 Bond Avenue. The project consisted of six phases of renovations to five departments, including pediatrics, pediatric behavioral health, adult medicine, obstetrics and dental, and the addition of an outpatient pharmacy. The facility remained operational while the project was ongoing.

Work on the Charleston center began in September and was completed at the end of January. The project involved renovating an existing retail space into a well-finished medical center.  The facility will serve both medical and dental needs for Charleston and the surrounding area.

Bates & Associates Architects was the design firm on both projects.

SIHF Charleston ClinicSouthern Illinois Healthcare Foundation President & CEO Larry McCulley, said, “IMPACT Strategies continues to prove themselves as a highly reliable and trusted partner. Their unwavering focus on quality workmanship and a ‘can do’ attitude for both projects enabled us to complete them on time and on budget.

IMPACT Strategies has completed three projects for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation in recent years. More information about IMPACT Strategies is available athttp://www.buildwithimpact.com.

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.

Hilliker Corporation Assists Mechanical Contractor With Building Purchase

Company to expand pipe fabrication operations into former truck dealership location

Hilliker Corporation, a St. Louis owned and managed commercial real estate company, recently represented the area’s largest mechanical service-based contractor.

Integrated Facility Services, a full-service mechanical contracting and service firm, purchased an 18,200-square-foot building on two acres at 2490 Cassens Dr. in Fenton.  The space will be used to accommodate the company’s growing pipe fabrication services.  The property is the former home of Kenworth of St. Louis, a truck dealer and service business.

Integrated Facility Services’ headquarters are located nearby at 1055 Cassens Industrial Ct. in Fenton and will remain open, as well as another office at 10501 S. Hardwick Lane in Columbia, Mo.  Integrated Facility Services was formerly known as Air Masters, Gateway Mechanical, Gateway Mechanical Fire Protection, and Automatic Solutions Group.  The company, which  rebranded under the Integrated Facility Services’ name in January, 2016, provides HVAC design and installation, plumbing, commercial refrigeration, fire protection, energy conservation, and building automation services.

Hilliker Corporation broker Hal Ball represented the buyer, Integrated Facility Services, Inc., and Colliers International broker Steve Tharpe represented the seller, The Jerry Ackerman, Sr. Revocable Trust.

Garland E. Whitworth Memorial Scholarship Seeks Applicants

Presented by Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) Safety & Crime Prevention Committee and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program (SICAP).

Scholarship is for $1500. Initial requirements listed below. There are additional requirements to be fulfilled upon being chosen as a recipient. Previous recipients are eligible to re-apply.

In order to be eligible for these scholarships, students must:

  • Write a short (1-2 page) paper on construction safety and submit to SIBA Safety and Crime Prevention Committee
  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 / 4.0 grade point average (GPA) when applying for scholarship
  • Have a full-time student status
  • Be enrolled in a Construction Management program at Southwestern Illinois College, John A. Logan College, or Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Please contact SIBA at safetydept@siba-agc.org for more information if interested. Deadline to submit a paper is 4 p.m. on March 15 to the above listed email. All entries should be submitted in adobe pdf format in the following nomenclature (last name, first name-school name).

Gateway Composites Expands Carbon Fabric Product Line as Exclusive Manufacturer of Fiberlock Concrete Repair System

St. Louis-based Gateway Composites has expanded its carbon fabric product line as the exclusive manufacturer of FiberLock, a concrete crack repair system combining carbon fabric technology with an epoxy resin. Fiberlock has a 15-year track record of repairing cracked foundations, slabs and walls in both commercial and residential infrastructure. All FiberLock systems now feature Gateway Composites’ carbon fabrics exclusively.

“FiberLock is a perfect complement to our family of private labeled systems and expands our presence in the commercial and residential infrastructure markets,” said Joe Dattilo, president of Gateway Composites, which has focused on the design, manufacture, sales and marketing of carbon fiber fabrics and supportive products since 2006. “As a premier carbon fabric supplier and partner for private-label customers, we continue to pursue opportunities for market growth in multiple industries.”

The FiberLock system seals, stabilizes, and strengthens the structural integrity of cracked walls and building foundations. Fiberlock can be used to repair vertical, horizontal and corner foundation wall cracks in homes, bridges, commercial buildings, parking garages and more.

“With their knowledge and expertise in carbon fiber, fabrics and their applications, Gateway Composites has developed next generation products that provide true composite solutions for infrastructure repair and reinforcement,” said Craig Bogard, inventor of Fiberlock.

Other Gateway Composite products include carbon fiber fabrics, rods, staples and laminate strips; composite rebar and stitching dowels; chopped/milled carbon fibers; and application-specific resin systems. Gateway Composite also custom engineers carbon fabrics to a client’s specific application and Critical to Quality (CTQ) characteristics including fiber tensile properties, fabric area weight, width and weave construction.

Gateway Composites designs, custom engineers and manufactures carbon fiber fabric solutions for the residential and commercial infrastructure, oil and gas, telecommunications, mining, automotive, marine, sports and recreation industries. 

People In St. Louis Construction

Adam Kuchy joins McGrath as Project Engineer

Kuchy, AdamAdam Kuchy of Kirkwood, MO, has joined McGrath & Associates as a project engineer responsible for estimating, subcontractor and vendor coordination, scheduling, cost reporting, project documentation and other duties. Kuchy has a Masters of Construction Management from Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Ambrose University. He is OSHA certified in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER).

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. 

Art Bottorff Joins Integrated Facility Services (IFS)

Bortoroff, ArtArt Bottorff has joined Integrated Facility Services (IFS) as sales and marketing manager. Prior to joining IFS, Bottorff was Midwest Area Sales Manager for Carrier in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is responsible for developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies for IFS, a St. Louis-based HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm.

Bottorff holds a Master of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has 32 years of experience in senior management and sales of commercial HVAC, automation controls and mechanical service in the industrial, education, government and international markets. Bottorff is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He also is a Colonel in the Army National Guard.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS), formerly Air Masters Corporation, is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm.

Healthcare Construction Veteran Christopher Gilliam Joins The Kortecompany

Gilliam, ChristopherThe Korte Company is proud to welcome Christopher Gilliam, who will serve as VP of Healthcare. With more than 25 years of construction supervision and project management experience, Chris has overseen a wide range of For Profit and Not for Profit large-scale healthcare projects across the U.S.

For the past 25 years, he has served in leadership roles for Lend Lease, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with healthcare owners, overseeing its healthcare construction projects and growing its healthcare construction business. Chris has more than 300 projects completed under his leadership and direction, totaling over $2.5 billion in design and construction.

“Chris is a key addition to The Korte Company and will lead our healthcare team and strengthen our national efforts,” said Todd Korte, President and CEO of The Korte Company. “His experience and expertise will be invaluable and help ensure our healthcare clients receive the absolute best value from their projects.”

Chris has a proven track record of coordinating and assigning personnel, providing technical resources support and monitoring documentation, project controls and quality control guidelines. One of his most important functions is serving as liaison between all project parties to guarantee communication remains open throughout construction and all parties are aware of all project developments.

Crews Joins Kadean Construction As Project Manager

Crews, MitchMitch Crews, of St. Louis, Missouri, has joined Fenton-based Kadean Construction Company, one of the St. Louis-area’s oldest and most successful firms specializing in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting at the regional and national level, it was announced today.

In his role as Project Manager, Crews will oversee Kadean’s build-out of 40,000SF over two floors at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, a project that is scheduled to get underway next month.

“Mitch will be a great addition to our team,” said Matt Breeze, vice president of Operations of Kadean Construction, which has more than $60 million in construction work underway. “His industry experience and soft skills will be essential in furthering our company’s expansion, and to help our clients succeed and have a real impact in their respective businesses.”

Before joining Kadean Construction, Crews was a project coordinator for Platinum Contracting in Lenexa, a general contractor that specializes in hospitality remodeling and renovation. He is experienced in project estimating, scheduling, procurement, and subcontractor coordination. He also is a LEED Green Associate.

Crews is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.

In addition to the work that will be managed by Crews at Missouri Baptist, a 489-bed acute-care hospital located at I-64/40 and I-270 in west St. Louis County, Kadean’s recent work locally includes the expansion of the medical oncology unit at the Siteman Cancer Center, now underway in St. Peters, MO; Aviator Business Park in Hazelwood; Lakeview Commerce Distribution Center in Edwardsville; and, the KCI LogisticsCentre in Kansas City, MO.

February 19, 2016

Daniel Fahey Joins McGrath as Project Manager

Fahey, DanielDaniel Fahey of University City, MO, has joined McGrath & Associates as a project manager and has been initially assigned to projects at a food production facility and a chemical plant. Fahey previously managed construction projects in the power generation and transmission, laboratory, competitive sports, retail and medical industries. He is a member of the Living Well Foundation Board of Directors and an AGC of America superintendent training program instructor, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

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.

Julie Steffens Promoted to Associate Director

Steffens, JulieJulie Steffens, NCIDQ was recently promoted to associate director for Lawrence Group’s healthcare and education studios. Steffens joined Lawrence Group in 1996 as an intern and was hired on full-time in 1999. She has developed and implemented interior design master plans and fostered long-term relationships with several local and national clients including Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) and East Central College (ECC).

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis.

February 12, 2016

Habitat For Humanity Saint Louis Welcomes New Volunteer Services Manager

Fetter, JoeHabitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) has announced that Joe Fetter has joined the organization as Volunteer Services Manager.

Mr. Fetter will direct all aspects of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis’ volunteer program including recruitment, orientation, scheduling, retaining and recognition for all HFHSL volunteers. He will serve as the site manager and administrator for the AmeriCorps, internship and community services programs at the organization.

Mr. Fetter is a graduate of Fordham University with a BA degree in English and Journalism, and received a Master’s in Public Administration from St. Louis University. He is a member of the JDRF Young Leadership committee and serves on the membership committee of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of St. Louis.

Marketing Team Expanded to Inspire & Support Rapid Growth

Kruse, JessicaHDA Architects has hired Jessica Kruse to oversee Marketing | Public Relations.  Kruse will focus on expanding HDA’s online presence and professional networking by leveraging the company’s media platforms interchangeably to provide high quality engaging content.

AAIPharma / Cambridge Major Laboratories to Invest $10.7M in New Facility at Cortex Innovation Center in St. Louis, MO

AAIPharma Services Corp./Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc. (AAI/CML), a leading provider of custom manufacturing and development services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, announced this week the planned investment of at least $10.7 Million to relocate its St. Louis, MO analytical testing facility to the Cortex Innovation Center.

The new facility is a response to increased customer demand and the growing trend of analytical testing outsourcing within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. It will house state-of-the-art equipment in addition to its existing service offerings, and will provide new testing capabilities to meet industry and changing regulatory requirements, such as glass and plastic containers testing for pharmaceutical use, elemental impurities, disinfectant qualification and efficacy studies.

AAIPharma will occupy 37,500-square-feet of the new 4260 Building under construction at 4260 Forest Park Boulevard by a team of St. Louis contractors led by a Tarlton/Interface joint venture. The structural completion and build-out are due to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2016. 4260 is a three-story, 60,000-square-foot structure that also will serve as the home TechShop St. Louis. Cannon Design is the building architect.

Stability chambers at the new facility will be operational prior to AAIPharma moving in so as not to interrupt any studies. Transfer of stability samples to the new facility will occur using temperature controlled equipment and will be monitored to ensure no deviations from specified conditions.

“We are thrilled to welcome AAIPharma / Cambridge Major Labs to our dynamic innovation community,” said Dennis Lower, president of Cortex. “While our recent growth has come from software technology companies like Uber and Square joining Cortes, adding a progressive leader in the bioscience space builds on another one of our core strengths.”

AAI/CML provides innovative analytical testing solutions for manufacturers’ new drug entities, generic drugs, animal health products, medicated consumer health products, chemicals and biopharmaceuticals. Its analytical testing business is comprised of three centers of excellence in St. Louis, MO; Wilmington, NC; andEdison, NJ to serve its regional, national and global customers.

Its current St. Louis, MO facility employs approximately 80 full time staff and specializes in chemical and microbiological analytical testing including raw material testing, drug product release, stability, and environmental monitoring for both sterile and non-sterile drugs.

Cortex, founded in 2002, is home to more than 200 software, consumer product and bioscience technology firms, ranging from mature enterprises such as DuPont, Boeing, AB Mauri, Square, Stereotaxis, the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and Washington University among others, to promising early-stage startups like Aisle411, CoFactor Genomics, and Pushup Social.

City of O’Fallon, Mo., Selects McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. For Its New Justice Center

Following a diligent selection process, the City of O’Fallon, Mo., has retained McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. to serve as construction manager for the city’s new Justice Center. In this role, McCarthy will function as the City’s agent for the preconstruction and construction phases of the 80,000+ square-foot facility.

To be located on Bryan Road, south of Veterans Memorial Parkway, the new justice center will house a police station and municipal court. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the needs of a modern police force while enabling the City of O’Fallon to continue providing the highest level of service to its residents and businesses and enable the department to grow to meet the projected needs through 2040.

In April 2015, O’Fallon residents approved a $28.7-million bond issue and property tax increase to finance the new facility. The city selected Wilson Estes Police Architects to design the new building.

“This project will provide much needed space for critical services within the city, allowing us to continue providing quality services to our residents and businesses and attract the most professional officers and staff,” said Mayor Bill Hennessy, City of O’Fallon. “We recognize the strong bond between our residents and our officers, and we appreciate their trust and support in making this project a reality. With the assistance of McCarthy and Wilson Estes, we will ensure that this project is both fiscally responsible and one our residents can all take pride in.”

“McCarthy is honored to collaborate with the City of O’Fallon on this important project,” said Ryan Freeman Vice President of Operations at McCarthy. “As a national leader in justice projects and a local leader in construction, we understand the challenges facing municipalities and local governments, and we are committed to providing the best project outcome.”

Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in late Spring 2016 and complete in late 2017.

SLCCC To Award Construction Industry Best Practices, Diversity & Inclusion At Gala

The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) will honor award winners for construction industry best practices and for diversity and inclusion at a Gala Reception and Dinner on Monday, March 7 at Bissingers in St. Louis.  The organization will also celebrate the 45th anniversary of the organization.

The Best Practice awards recognize successful implementation of Best Practices validated by the Construction Industry Institute (CII).   The CII has validated 17 Best Practices that successfully contribute to improve cost, schedule and quality for construction projects.  They require adopting a culture and disciplined implementation of critical elements to achieve project success.  Awards will be presented to teams for projects in the Missouri region.

Diversity awards recognize advocacy for inclusion in design and construction.  Organization winners will be recognized for programs that increase the capacity and capability of woman and minority owned firms or that grow the use of women and minorities working in construction.  The SLCCC will also recognize individuals as Inclusion Champions for their efforts to promote the use of women or minority owned businesses on projects or who have created opportunities for women and minorities to work in design and construction.

The SLCCC is the Owner advocate organization for achievement of best value in project delivery.  It serves as the regional leader that champions promotion of project delivery best practices through exceptional educational programs, information dissemination and collaboration.  The Council represents major Owners who are buyers of construction services in the commercial, institutional, industrial, utility and public sectors.  Associate members provide the contracting, design professional and other services used by construction consumers.

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EPA Releases New Rule Simplifying Lead-Paint Training Recertification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a change to the refresher training for renovators currently required under the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP).  Specifically, EPA will allow renovators to take a refresher course without  “hands-on” training, such as an online course, once every other recertification instead of requiring hands-on training every time.

Under the revised rule, once a renovator takes the refresher course without the hands-on training, their next refresher training must include hands-on training. The certification from the refresher course without hands-on training will last for 3 years. Taking the course without hands-on training is optional but once a renovator takes the course, their next refresher course must include hands-on training and be taken within 3 years of their previous certification. The certification from taking a course with hands-on training will last for 5 years.

Certified renovators who were grandfathered under EPA lead-based paint courses, or any offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) before the 2010 adoption of the RRP Rule, are required to attend a refresher course with a hands-on component.

To view a copy of the pre-publication revised rule, click here.

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