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PayneCrest Electric, Inc. Named One of the Top Workplaces

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Those who know best have vaulted PayneCrest Electric, Inc. to one of the top workplaces in St. Louis – the firm’s employees.  PayneCrest earned “Top Workplaces” honors from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in its annual survey of companies.  PayneCrest was ranked among the top workplaces in the small company category

The survey measured worker satisfaction with “organizational health factors, which measure how well employees are working together toward a common cause. They include ‘alignment,’ a measure of where the company is headed, its values and cooperation; ‘effectiveness,’ how the company is getting to where it aims to go; and ‘connection,’ a gauge of whether employees feel appreciated and that their work is meaningful.”

“Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics, which partnered with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the survey of 177 St. Louis companies.

PayneCrest is one of the largest electrical contractors in St. Louis.  It specializes in highly complex industrial and commercial construction, offering full-service engineering, pre-construction, voice/data, video and security solutions.  It succeeds by empowering its employees through trust while supporting and providing them with the resources they need to succeed.  PayneCrest instills a culture that holds everyone accountable, recognizes and rewards success, avoids bureaucratic pretention by fostering a feeling of family, and focuses on keeping customers happy, being profitable and having fun.  Learn more about the criteria for earning “Top Workplaces” honors by visiting the St. Louis Post-Dispatch web site at this link

Area DRONE Company Aiding the Construction and Design Industries

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Drones are making a huge and positive impact in many industries lately, and those of design and construction can reap the benefits, too. Drones, otherwise known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), are versatile pieces of equipment used for gathering real-time, accurate, and high-resolution information about active constructions sites, those that are prospects, and are found very useful in early design phases, too.

Drones - BJC Fo ParkNathan Wambold, owner of OurFocus, a St. Louis area drone consulting and services provider, said, “Drones are the vehicles that allow everyone to see their sites in ways like never before.”

Acquiring data is just one part of the overall puzzle, however. “Drones are computers that fly,” Wambold said, and, like any computer, they require upgrading and maintenance. In addition, getting data is just one part of a process. “Once you have possession of the data, you have to know what to do with it,” he said.

Drones - Monk's Mound WireframeWambold, an experienced remote-controlled aircraft operator, a photographer, and a licensed architect, said drone technology “is capable of quite a lot, and everyone seems to want something different, but there are limitations, too.” A good drone provider will talk with the client to learn exactly what the client wants in order to determine the best platform and products to give them what best meets their need, he said.

SSM Health Unveils Plan for New $550 Million Academic Medical Center

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New SSM HospitalSSM Health has unveiled a Master Facility Plan for their new $550 million academic medical center in the City of St. Louis, a 316-bed, 802,000-square-foot replacement hospital and new outpatient care center for SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Developed in partnership between SSM Health and Saint Louis University, the Master Facility Plan establishes a footprint for the new hospital campus and facilities, including location, size, patient services, expanded parking and green space, along with areas for any future campus expansion.

The new complex will be located on the north side of the existing facility between Rutger and Lasalle Streets, adjacent to the hospital’s current location on Grand Avenue, with plans to better integrate the hospital with neighboring Saint Louis University School of Medicine and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. SSM Health continues to explore options for the current Desloge Tower, but no decisions have been made.

“This plan shows our commitment to the City of St. Louis and to an improved patient experience that supports our mission to provide exceptional care,” says Kate Becker, SLU Hospital president. “We will not only provide world-class health care for patients throughout the Midwest, but also ensure they are treated in a more comfortable healing environment.”

The new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital includes all-private patient rooms, larger intensive care units and an expanded emergency department. To provide patients with more convenient options, the new outpatient care center will expand outpatient surgery services and provide additional clinical space for SLUCare physician practices. Dedicated educational space throughout the facility will allow Saint Louis University to better train future physicians and health practitioners.

“This state-of-the-art facility represents the health care of tomorrow and will benefit the entire region,” said Robert M. Heaney, M.D., SLUCare Physician Group CEO. “Most importantly, it ensures our patients have the best possible environment, one that incorporates the latest technology and best practices in patient care. In addition, our new facilities also will enhance the education of future medical and healthcare professionals, while strengthening medical research that leads to lifesaving treatments.”

Alberici Constructors, Inc. was selected as the project’s construction manager in April and is slated to break ground in the fall of 2017 with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2020. The replacement hospital and outpatient care center is beyond the hospital improvements under way since SSM Health assumed ownership of SSM Health SLU Hospital last fall, including construction of a new radiation oncology facility.

Lawrence Group, in partnership with Hammel, Green and Abrahamson (HGA), began developing the project scope in January of this year, working from information provided by planning architects Frank Zilm and Associates, Inc. (FZA). Through meetings with key leaders from SSM Health SLU Hospital and SLUCare Physician Group last fall, FZA gained critical input and developed a defined project scope. The Master Facility Plan takes into consideration SLU Hospital’s medically-complex tertiary and quaternary services, such as its Level 1 trauma center, organ transplant program and outpatient bone marrow transplant program.

Groundbreaking Ceremony set for City of O’Fallon’s Justice Center

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The City of O’Fallon will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for the O’Fallon Justice Center at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. The ceremony will take place at the site, which is located on the west side of Bryan Road, approximately one-quarter mile south of Veterans Memorial Parkway. The public is invited to attend. Limited parking is available at the site and at nearby businesses.

On April 7, 2015, 60 percent of O’Fallon voters approved a $28.6 million bond issue for the construction, furnishing and equipping of a new police station and municipal court building. When the 80,000+ square-foot facility opens in 2017, it will replace cramped quarters in the O’Fallon Municipal Centre for both the O’Fallon Police Department and O’Fallon’s Municipal Court, which is currently held in a meeting room.

“Our new state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the needs of a modern police force and enable the City of O’Fallon to continue providing the highest level of service to its residents and businesses,” said O’Fallon’s Mayor, Bill Hennessy.  “The location is ideal for our new Police Station because of its proximity to Bryan Road, I-70, Mexico Road, and Route 364. It’s also close to the City’s historic downtown core, our retail centers along Highway K and Bryan, and the areas of much of our recent residential growth in the southern portions of the City. Our officers will have direct access to nearly every neighborhood in our City in a matter of minutes.”

The City has contracted with Wilson Estes Police Architects to design the new Justice Center and has hired McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. to manage the development of the project.

O’Fallon, Mo., is the seventh-largest city in the State of Missouri and the second-largest city in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. O’Fallon is home to more than 85,000 residents and 1,600 businesses.

OSHA: Biggest Risk Factor For Heat Deaths In The Workplace Is The Absence Of Acclimatization Programs

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The most common problem identified in heat-related deaths and illness of workers is the lack of a heat prevention and acclimatization programs by their employer, according to federal safety investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

With temperatures soaring well into the 90s and the 100s, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is reminding employers to  protect workers that may be exposed to extreme heat while working outdoors or in hot indoor environments.

Each year, thousands of workers suffer the effects of heat exposure and, in some cases, die as a result. In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job.

“A review of heat related deaths revealed the majority of workers had just started the job, and frequently it was their first day on the job and the workers were not acclimated to the constant exposure to the heat and sun,” said Bonita Winingham, OSHA’s Acting Regional Administrator in Kansas City, Missouri.  “Heat-related illnesses can be fatal and are preventable when employers take a few simple steps to ensure workers safety and health.  Those steps include acclimating workers to the hot environments, frequent water breaks, allowing ample time to rest, and providing shade.  OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool App is available to employers, employees and the public for free download on iPhones and Android phones.”

Working in full sunlight can increase heat index values by 15 degrees Fahrenheit.  “Keep this in mind and plan additional precautions for construction employees working in these conditions,” Winingham said.

A common mistake is assuming that the worker is not at risk for heat stroke if they are still sweating.  “You can still be sweating and have heat stroke,” she said.  “A common symptom of heat stroke is mental changes, such as confusion or irritability.  Heat stroke is an emergency.  If there is any suggestion of heat stroke, call 911 and institute the other safety measures as quickly as possible.”

To learn more about heat stress symptoms see OSHA’s Heat Stress Quick Card

To prevent heat related illness and fatalities, OSHA offers the following safety tips:

  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
  • Rest in the shade to cool down.
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers.
  • “Easy does it” on your first days of work in the heat. You need to get used to it.

The risk of heat stress increases for workers 65 years of age or older, are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take medications.

St. Louis Building Some of Nation’s Smallest Apartments

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Developers are shrinking the size of new apartments to accommodate the increasing demand for urban living. Research by RENTCafe has found that the average size of newly-built apartments fell eight percent in the last decade. In buildings with at least 50 units across the nation, the average size of new apartments – those completed in 2016 – is only 934 square feet, the smallest on record since 2006, when the average size of newly-built apartments was 1,015 square feet. Overall, the average size of a US apartment is currently 889 square feet, irrespective of when a property was built.


St. Louis is home to some of the smallest apartments in the country, with studios averaging 465 square feet, 1-bedrooms clocking in at 686 square feet, and 2-bedrooms spanning 941 square feet.


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St. Louis, Mo., June 20, 2016 – The 10th Annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament sponsored by S. M. Wilson & Co. raised $20,000 for The Dream Factory of St. Louis on May 16, 2016 at Glen Echo Country Club.  More than 50 construction-related companies and organizations supported the event, which helps children with critical and chronic illnesses to realize their dreams.

“Since 2007, S. M. Wilson has helped raise more than $319,000 for The Dream Factory of St. Louis,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson.  “This annual event underscores our core commitment to serve and enrich the community with passion and inspiration.”

“The St. Louis Chapter of Dream Factory would like to thank S. M. Wilson for once again holding their annual golf tournament to benefit our chapter,” said Mike Gaterman, President of Dream Factory of St. Louis. “We are so grateful for the donation year after year; with your help, we are able to continue to grant dreams to critically and chronically ill children ages three to eighteen. The money you raise stays in the St. Louis area to benefit local children.”

The Dream Factory of Saint Louis was founded in 1983 — one of 36 non-profit Dream Factory chapters around the country. The Dream Factory is the only children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. To learn more about the St. Louis Dream Factory, visit .

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 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.

Apartments, Apartments, Apartments

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Developers seem to think St. Louis is ripe for new apartment construction, and they are looking beyond the environs of the Saint Louis University campus, where three large developments opened in the last year.


Paul McKee’s announcement this week that he will team with CRG Real Estate Solutions and Telesis Corp. to build 500 units of housing in the St. Louis Place neighborhood between site of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency project and Crown Candy Kitchen. The project includes multi-family housing, whose construction will be financed by the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust.


On the other side of downtown, in the Soulard neighborhood, which has become popular with 20-somethings, two developers have announced plans for a combined 244 apartment units.


Whistler One LLC, a company that registered with the Missouri Secretary of State in March 2016, is proposing construction of a 5-story, 118-unit apartment building on Seventh Street, between Victor and Barton, on the site of Victor Iron Works. The L-shaped building would wrap around two sides of the newly opened Ice House apartments. KlitzingWelsch is the architect.


The Apted brothers, Brett and David, are proposing a five-story, 126-unit apartment building on the old Faultless Laundry site at Russell and Gravois (or Russell and I-55, depending on your point of view). Trivers Associates is the architect. Propper Construction Services is the general contractor.

Local Small Business Industry Information Forum for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Next NGA West Campus N2W

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District will host a Local Small Business Industry Information Forum for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Next NGA West Campus N2W program. The Forum will be held on June 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm located at the Central Library, St. Louis, Missouri.

The purpose of this Information Forum is to improve Industry’s understanding of USACE’s requirements, answer questions on the N2W Program and provide information on how the small business community can support this program.

For planning, logistical and security purposes, contractors interested in participating shall RSVP by submitting your company name, address, and the names of no more than two attendees to no later than June 20, 2016.

Date:   June 22, 2016

Time:   Please arrive by 12:45 pm for registration, the presentation will begin at 1:00 pm and will conclude by 2:00 pm

Location:   St. Louis Public Library, Central Library Auditorium, 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

RSVP:   To:,  no later than June 20, 2016

IMPACT Strategies Begins Construction on SIUE’s Stratton Quadrangle Project

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Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies today announced that work is underway on a reconstruction project at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s (SIUE) Stratton Quadrangle. The project, IMPACT’s first with SIUE, involves the placement of new brick pavers throughout the 43,000-square-foot outdoor walkway, which is situated between the campus’ core buildings. The renovation is scheduled for completion in early August prior to classes beginning in the fall.

The Stratton Quadrangle, better known as The Quad, was originally designed to give students some exposure to nature as they walk from one building to another. IMPACT Strategies is working carefully to improve safety for SIUE students, staff and visitors. While protecting the existing planters and landscaping, IMPACT Strategies is also ensuring that damage doesn’t occur during construction to The Rock, a four-ton piece of limestone that has been part of the Quad since it opened.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “The Quad is an important component of SIUE campus life, so it needs to be a safe, secure walkway. We will make sure that the existing structure is protected while we work, and that it’s ready for everyone to enjoy when they return to school in the fall. We’re very pleased to be helping SIUE transform The Quad.”
IMPACT Strategies is working with engineering firm Oates Associates, Inc. of Collinsville.

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.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. The SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 14,000.

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