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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Complying with FAA Rules for Commercial Drones Certification

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By Jim Curran, Executive Vice President, Electrical Connection

Drones - Phantom 3When you consider the technology that goes into commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones, you can understand why the Electrical Connection partnership is taking a leading role in training for UAV certification.  UAVs are essentially flying robots that integrate wireless communications and controls. Training in advanced manufacturing that relies on robotics, process controls and wireless communications has long been a staple of the Electrical Industry Training Center.

The training center is operated by the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.  UAV onboard cameras and other data-gathering and inspection sensors provide IBEW/NECA members a powerful tool that is safe and effective.  UAV technologies can be used for thermal imaging to detect electrical infrastructure hot spots in buildings, three-dimensional mapping of topography for precision planning of electrical installations and construction project monitoring of progress and site assets.  The construction industry is predicted to lead the commercial UAV market with the 10 largest construction firms worldwide already deploying or experimenting with UAVs.

With that in mind, the Electrical Connection hosted an Oct. 28, 2016 informational session on UAV certification at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis.  Working with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter and UAViation, IBEW/NECA is developing the region’s first-ever curriculum for commercial UAV certification.   This summer, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a certification process covering the operation of commercial drones which took effect on Aug. 29, 2016.  The number of commercial UAVs will grow from 600,000 units in 2016 to 2.7 million by 2020.  The new FAA rules are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft, people and property on the ground.  Annual worldwide UAV production is predicted to rise from $4 billion to more than $14 billion by 2026.

Certification at the training center will be open to all industries using commercial UAVs.  This includes first responders, real estate firms, agriculture, media and film makers, civil engineering civic entities and others.  For example, agriculture and land management enterprises might use UAVs equipped with special sensors to analyze crop health or water quality.  First responders may use UAV’s equipped with thermal sensors to detect human heat signatures in search and rescue operations.

The new FAA small UAV regulations are outlined in a 624-page rule book and include a number of limitations for commercial UAV use.  For example, the maximum weight limit for a commercial drone is 55 pounds and it’s limited to altitudes of 400 feet with a few exceptions.  Drones may also not be flown out of visual contact.

IBEW/NECA electrical and communication training spans more than 70 years and has been continuously adapted to new technologies like UAVs.  Training was refined at the dawn of the Information Age and for data storage, building automation, wireless integrated communications, electric vehicles and robotics.  It is the prime reason why the Electrical Connection partners with visionary organizations like AUVSI-Gateway Chapter so our workforce is always prepared to safely and proficiently install the technologies we will rely on in the future.  Learn more at

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hyatt Place Hotel & Conference Center Set For Belleville

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6-Story Tower With 130 Guest Rooms Plus Restaurant & 24 Meeting Rooms

The first totally new hotel to be built in Belleville in 55 years will be a six-story Hyatt Place tower with an adjoining conference center and full-service restaurant on Illinois State Route 15 across from the main entrance to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

Construction of the 130-room hotel and 40,000-square-foot conference center will begin in the spring, with completion expected about 18 months later, according to Chane Keller, vice-president of Oak Tree Management Services. Oak Tree Management is developing the 33-acre site and will operate the hotel/conference center.

“This Hyatt Place hotel with its national reservation system and the adjoining internationally recognized Hofbräuhaus restaurant are significant milestones for Belleville,” Keller said.

“Add this state-of-the-art conference and meeting center with a ballroom for 1,500 people and Belleville will have a world-class hospitality complex,” Keller added.

“The combination of these facilities will draw business and leisure travelers from throughout the Midwest. We plan to work with all other entertainment facilities and tourism groups in the area, including Gateway International Raceway, the Casino Queen, Fairmount Park race track, the Blues hockey team and the Cardinals baseball team plus the St. Louis Sports Commission and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission as well as Illinois South Tourism,” Keller said. “We will do our best to maximize interest in visiting Belleville, Southwestern Illinois and St. Louis.”

Construction and design costs for the hotel, restaurant and conference center are estimated at about $28 million, Keller said.

ICON Commercial Lending, Inc., ( has invested in a partnership with Oak Tree Management to own the hotel/conference center/restaurant and has guaranteed up to $30 million for construction, according to ICON Managing Director Randall Farr.

“We at ICON are excited about participating in this Hyatt Place hotel/conference center project with Oak Tree Management and the Keller Family. We believe this overall development will be a huge benefit to the City of Belleville, to St. Clair County and to the entire St. Louis area,” Farr said.

The hotel at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows will remain open and under Shrine management until the Hyatt Place complex opens. Current plans are for the 70-room hotel then to be closed and the building re-purposed for another use, not yet determined, according to Chris Diehl, the Shrine’s guest services and marketing manager.

Building construction of the $12 million, 1,000-seat Hofbräuhaus restaurant in the same development is expected to be completed in January, with installation and testing of brewing equipment imported from Germany in January and February. Opening date will be determined when satisfactory production at the on-site brewery is established.

Site preparation is expected to resume soon, to be followed by the installation of streets, curbing, parking lots and utilities.

Construction details for the previously announced Jack Flash convenience store and fuel station are nearing completion, with building expected to begin in the spring.

St. Clair County Breaks Ground for $8.1 Million River Bridge District Project

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Critical infrastructure improvements aim to attract additional industry and jobs along East St. Louis Riverfront

With a ceremonial tossing of the dirt by several public and private stakeholders, work got underway Tuesday morning on the $8.1 million River Bridge District Project, which aims to transform a key section of the East St. Louis Riverfront into a magnet for additional industry and jobs.  St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern was joined by East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks; James Nations, chairman of the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA), and representatives of the various funding partners and other invited guests for the official groundbreaking, which took place on Front Street at the intersection of Trendley Ave. directly across from the Gateway Arch.

The project is the final piece to a suite of substantial highway infrastructure improvements in the immediate area, including the relocation of Illinois Route 3 and the opening of the new Stan Musial Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.

The River Bridge District Project involves a comprehensive, multi-million dollar overhaul of Front Street from Trendley Ave. in East St. Louis to where the road dead ends in Fairmont City, as well as improvements to connecting roadways. The initial phase includes the critical rebuilding and upgrading of Front Street to allow for enhanced access for the burgeoning commercial traffic being generated by Cargill and Bunge-SCF along the East St. Louis Riverfront.  In addition to improving the mile long stretch of Front Street that links these two industry leaders so it can better support their growing operations, the project will also open up several hundred acres of undeveloped, newly accessible ground that is ripe for investment by other agribusiness and distribution companies.

Speaking at the event, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern noted, “Many of you know that over the recent years the surrounding area has seen millions of dollars in transportation infrastructure investment – much of it actually visible from this very spot. The policy strategy here is to return this area to the strategic center as a prime location for smooth and convenient transportation efficiencies. Ultimately, we believe this investment will continue to spur the robust expansion of business, leading to economic health and local prosperity.”

Specific improvements include adding a thick concrete surface to Front Street, and widening the road to 30 feet from its existing 20 – 24 foot footprint, so that it can better handle the heavy truck traffic, especially during harvest season. An estimated 400 trucks a day currently use the road, and that number is expected to grow by 30 percent with market growth and improved conditions. The project also will include resurfacing of Trendley Avenue from Front Street to Main Street, the reconstruction of West Missouri Avenue from Front Street to B Street and the reconstruction of B Street from Missouri Avenue to River Park Drive.  All three streets would be 24-feet wide upon completion of the work.

This important infrastructure work also will create enhanced access for patrons and employees of the Casino Queen and citizens of East St. Louis, providing separation of the heavy commercial traffic from other normal public movement. Instead of using River Park Drive, truck traffic would come down Trendley Ave. to Front Street and have direct access from there to Route 3, which is now connected to the new Mississippi River Bridge. A separated lane for pedestrian and bike traffic that would tie into the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park is included the Front Street rebuilding project. A new roundabout near the Casino Queen on River Park Drive is part of Phase 2 of the project, and that will help reduce traffic congestion issues.

“When this project was first presented to the City we were hopeful of the tremendous potential that this kind of infrastructure investment could produce for the City,” stated East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks.  “But as mayor of this City, I have to ask myself, ‘What else can such a project bring to the citizens and economic health of our City?’ We would like to ensure that more of the benefits of this project can see their way to the citizens of East St. Louis. I am proud and happy to announce that the project team – under Chairman’s Kern direction, has accomplished this and the minority participation goal for this project has been increased from 12% to 20%. We fully expect that some of these jobs will bring more prosperity and experience to my citizens.”

Funding for the project is coming from various public and private sources, including $1.5 million from the private sector. Bungee-SFC, Cargill, and Casino Queen have each committed $500,000 for the project. The additional funding is being provided in the form of a $3.5 million grant from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA); a $1.5 million contribution from SWIDA; $900,000 from the St. Clair County Transit District; $500,000 from the Metro East Park and Recreation District and a $125,000 TARP grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Illinois-based Baxmeyer Construction Co. has been selected as the general contractor for the job, while engineering is being handled by TWM of Swansea. Work on phase one is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017, while Phase 2 is expected to wrap up a year thereafter.

Above Photo (L to R):

William Warren, EDA; Delores Lysakowski, Chairperson, St. Clair County Transit District; East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks; Barb Holt, Chairperson, Metro East Parks & Recreation District; Jeff Watson, President and General Manager, Casino Queen; Rick Bauwens, Bunge-SCF; Mark Kern, St. Clair County Board Chairman; James Nations, Chairman, SWIDA; Fred Oleshlaeger, Cargill; and Lonnie Mosely, St. Clair County Board Member.


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

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$17 million project reshapes UMSL’s south campus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both Tarlton and Arcturis are based in LEED Silver offices.

Saint Louis Construction Cooperative Salutes Cortex Innovation Community & St. Louis Construction Leadership

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Saint Louis Construction Cooperative (formerly PRIDE of St. Louis Inc.) has honored a community of entrepreneurial idea generation and enduring leadership in the local construction industry.  The Cortex Innovation Community was awarded the labor-management organization’s 2016 Joe Rinke Impact Award at its ninth annual awards luncheon on October 27, 2016.  Dennis Corrigan, CEO of Corrigan Co., the mechanical contracting firm celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, was honored with the Al Fleischer Management Award.  Dr. John Gaal, director of training and workforce development for the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council was saluted with the Dick Mantia Labor Award.  The awards were presented at a luncheon at the Cedars at St. Raymond’s at 939 Lebanon Dr. in St. Louis.

“We are honoring a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence in the construction industry while also saluting champions of strengthening St. Louis’ entrepreneurial and workforce development future,” said John Stiffler, executive secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and Saint Louis Construction Cooperative board member.

Founded in 2002, the Cortex Innovation Community is a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods.  It is surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers and abundant cultural and recreational assets.  Since its inception, Cortex has completed or has under construction one million square feet of new and rehabilitated space totaling $350 million of investment and generating 2,500 technology-related jobs. When fully implemented, the Cortex master plan projects $2.1 billion of construction, more than 4.5 million square feet of mixed-use development (research, office, clinical, residential, hotel, and retail), a new MetroLink light-rail station and 13,000 permanent technology-related jobs.  For more information, visit

Dennis Corrigan is the third generation of his family to lead Corrigan Co.  Founded in 1896 at the dawn of indoor plumbing, Corrigan has grown to serve the complex mechanical engineering and construction needs for a variety of industries.  For more than 25 years, Corrigan has guided the firm’s award-winning and customer-focused approach serving energy and nuclear power, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, data centers, public works, commercial and other industries.  Today, 16 of the 20 largest high rises in St. Louis have Corrigan installed HVAC systems.

Corrigan has been highly active in improving the mechanical and construction industry locally and nationally.  He is past president and current board member of the Mechanical Contractors Association, Eastern Missouri.  As a board member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Corrigan serves its government affairs committee. He is also a mentor for the AGC of Missouri Stempel Mentor-Protégé Program.  His enduring commitment to the Saint Louis Construction Cooperative includes current service on its executive committee.

As director of training for the Carpenters Regional Council, Dr. John Gaal oversees five federally-approved joint apprenticeship training programs and three full service training facilities.  He has an associate’s degree in construction management, a bachelor’s degree architecture, a masters in international business and a doctorate in organizational leadership. In addition, Dr. Gaal has completed a post-doctoral project on trade union leadership at Harvard University.  As a labor representative, he has served on the Missouri and St. Louis County Workforce Investment Boards and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans committee on training and education.  Dr. Gaal has been honored with the 2004 Missouri Trade and Technical Outstanding Leadership Award, the 2007 Missouri NEA’s Horace Mann Award, the 2007 NAACP Labor Diversity Advocate Award and the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers 2008 Diversity Champion Award.

The Saint Construction Cooperative was founded in 1972 and is the oldest voluntary local construction labor-management organization in the nation. For more than 40 years, it has pioneered a collaborative approach to sustaining harmony and building cooperation among St. Louis area AFL-CIO construction craft workers, contractors, construction buyers, architects, engineers and suppliers.  For more information, visit

The Saint Louis Construction Cooperative awards recipients seated in the front row are, left to right, Dennis Corrigan, , CEO of Corrigan Co., Dr. John Gaal, director of training and workforce development for the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council, Mike Sullivan, COO of the Cortex Innovation Community.  In the back row, left to right, are John Stiffler and Tom Heeger, Saint Louis Construction Cooperative co chairs, and Jeff Aboussie, former secretary-treasurer, St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO.

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 an Industry Information Forum for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Next NGA West Campus (N2W) program. The Forum will be held on December 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM located at the Central Library, St. Louis, Missouri.

The purpose of this Information Forum is to:

  • continue the open communication with Industry regarding the NGA program
  • improve Industry’s understanding of USACE’s requirements – 2 Phase design build
  • provide an update about the program schedule
  • answer questions on the N2W Program
  • provide information on how the community can support this program
  • provide networking opportunities

For planning, logistics 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 November 15, 2016.

Industry Forum Date: December 8, 2016

Time: Please arrive before 8:45 AM for registration.

The presentation will begin at 9:00 AM and will conclude by 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – potential prime contractors will be available for networking opportunities

Location: St. Louis Public Library – Central Library – Auditorium

1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

RSVP no later than: December 5, 2016

RSVP to:

Please include Onsite NGA in the Subject Line as well as submit your company name, address, and the names of no more than two attendees and e-mail address.


NOTE: if you are unable to attend this event, additional industry events are tentatively planned for February and June 2017.

Central Collinsville Health Center for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation

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

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

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

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

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management.

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