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Technologies Making Huge Impacts On The Global Power Market


By: Joey Shorter, Ph.D., Executive Director ELECTRI Foundation and NECA Director of Research

Some people believe there will be little change to the worlds’ energy mix over the next 20 to 30 years. They would say hydrocarbons will remain dominant with renewables providing no more than 10 to 15 percent of total supply over the next two or three decades. The Grantham Institute (see: “The Disruptive Impact of Technology”, Nick Butler, Financial Times, 03-06-17) has tracked and produced analytical data showing solar will take 23 percent of the power generation market by 2040 and 29 percent by 2050.

Additionally, electric vehicles will absorb 35 percent of road transportation by 2035. A third sector will have impact, wind power, taking up another 12 percent of the power market by 2050. In fact, some of the U.S. plains states are already producing 35 – 45 percent of their energy needs through wind power.

In 2016, the US Department of Energy’s research showed battery costs for electric vehicles had fallen 73 percent (from $1,000 per kWh in 2008 to $268 per kWh in 2015). Cost competitiveness of renewables will continue to improve as industrialization of solar, electric transportation, and wind power advance rapidly, especially in the United States and China.

A few facts are certain: solar power remains as the cleanest, most abundant, renewable energy source available; 1 kilowatt of solar power prevents 150 pounds of coal from being mined, and 300 pounds of CO2 from being released; just one day of sunshine meets the world’s energy needs for an entire year!

Watch these videos on impact of solar power and electric vehicles:



Electrical Contractors can move increasingly toward perfecting and capitalizing on solar production installation, storage and maintenance. The Electrical Training Alliance can continue to develop related instructional materials and training for the work to be done to expand solar and wind power components, as well as everything related to powering electric transportation. The McKinsey study from 1980 projected that there would by 900,000 mobile phone subscribers by 2000 – they missed, there were 109 million! The Grantham Institutes’ data projects energy will be cheap and plentiful, but volumes of use will be high with the world population growing to 9 – 10 billion. Hundreds of millions of people will be brought into the energy consumption market as regional economies are transformed with these low-cost energy supplies in Africa and South Asia. Such expansion is sure to bring huge profits for those geared-up to do the work.

NECA Technology – the Project for Applied and Disruptive Technology, explores the world of technology and keeps members informed of what’s happening today, and of what will be launched in the not too distant future.  Dr. Joey Shorter has an extensive background in education and experience in translating the work of academics into understandable, practical ideas.


Grow Native! Mingle with Native Plant Professionals and Author Alan Branhagen March 16, 2017


Free event held at Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust, in St. Louis will be Alan Branhagen’s last lower Midwest public appearance before he leaves state for new position. Purchase a copy of his book at the event and have it signed by the author.

You’ve heard about all the benefits of native plants, but perhaps you don’t know how to get started choosing them for your own yard or property?

The Second Annual Grow Native! Mingle with Native Plant Professionals is designed to help you learn more about natives—in an informal setting—with native plant professionals, so you can get your questions answered and learn more about how native plants support songbirds and pollinators, and how to increase the ecological functionality of your yard or property.

As this event, to be held on March 16, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust in St. Louis, you can meet with local native plant designers and land care professionals, and hear a great presentation from Powell Gardens Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen, also author of the new book Native Plants of the Midwest. This will be Branhagen’s last public appearance in the lower Midwest before he leaves Missouri for a new position in Minnesota.

Grow Native! will have copies of Branhagen’s book available for sale—a portion of proceeds supports the Grow Native! program—and Branhagen will be available to sign your copy.

Event is free, but a $10 suggested donation will support the Grow Native! program and St. Louis Audubon. No RSVP required. Food and drink may be purchased on site.

Grow Native! is a 17-year-old native plant marketing and education program serving the lower Midwest. Grow Native! is administratively housed by the nonprofit Missouri Prairie Foundation. For more information about this workshop, the Grow Native! program, or the Missouri Prairie Foundation, call 888-843-6739 or send a message to


It’s Been a Good Awards Season for Mosby Building Arts


A recap of the honors the St. Louis remodeling firm has earned in the first quarter of 2017

From the Golden Globes to the Oscars, the first part of every year is award season. St. Louis remodeling firm Mosby Building Arts was thrilled to experience their own award season, earning several recognitions from local and national organizations.

  • 5 Houzz Badges

Every year, Houzz delivers Service badges to industry professionals who are rated at the highest level of client satisfaction. The Houzz Design badge denotes project portfolios voted most popular by the Houzz community. 2017 Mosby’s 2017 Houzz badges are:

  • Mosby Building Arts for Customer Service and Design
  • Designer Jill Worobec for Customer Service and Design
  • Marketing Coordinator Toby Weiss for Design Photography of Mosby projects
  • A Specialty Room Finalist – St. Louis At Home Architecture & Design Award

A set of art studios for the grandparents and their grandchildren in a Creve Couer, MO finished basement were selected by the national judges for St. Louis At Home’s 2017 Architecture & Design Awards as a finalist in the Specialty Room category. See photos of the charming and productive art studios.

  • A Best Kitchen Design Firm – Ladue News Platinum List

The readers of Ladue News once again ranked Mosby one of the Best Kitchen Design Firms in St. Louis on their annual Platinum List, an on-line readers poll.

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for home remodeling, design and architecture in Metro St. Louis for 70 years.


Beyond Self Storage Facilities Under Construction in Metro St. Louis Area


Construction is underway on two of the largest self-storage facilities in the St. Louis area, both of which are scheduled to open early summer 2017. Beyond Self Storage at McCausland in St. Louis and Beyond Self Storage at Chesterfield will be comprised of more than 100,000 SF each, with drive-thru loading areas, and they are being developed and operated by NorthPoint Development, who launched the Beyond Self Storage brand and a multi-facility development initiative in February 2016.

“We’re familiar with Metro St. Louis and we think there’s a real need for state-of-the-art self-storage” said Ben Hagedorn, Director of Self-Storage Operations for NorthPoint Development. “We’re very excited to be opening two Beyond Self Storage locations in the area and we hope to have a third project soon.”

Beyond Self Storage at McCausland will serve residents and businesses in Maplewood, Western St. Louis City, Brentwood, and Richmond Heights, as well as students from Washington University (Wash U), while the Chesterfield location is right down the road from Taubman Prestige Outlets and is very convenient for local residents and businesses, with over 100,000 cars passing on I-64 every day.

“The McCausland Ave. site was a former quarry and long-time vacant property at the busy Manchester Rd. intersection – we were literally digging up trash during site preparation, and we are pleased to see it transformed into a $10 million facility,” said Hagedorn. “Chesterfield is a wonderful community and we’re happy to offer a Class A facility in the market.”

Beyond Self Storage facilities feature a number of amenities that will distinguish them from other self-storage facilities in the area, including a drive-thru loading area with complimentary carts & dollies, 100% climate control (including drive-thru), state-of-the-art security, including computerized access control, digital video recorded cameras and motion-detected lighting, a business center with conference table, workstations, printer/copier and free Wi-Fi, online rentals and a self-service kiosk, a complete line of moving & packing supplies, and professional on-site management.

For more information about Beyond Self Storage at 2321 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO, please visit: or call 314.546.4084.
For more information about Beyond Self Storage at 17481 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO, please visit: or call 636.489.1679.

NorthPoint Development is a Kansas City-based real estate development, management, and leasing firm that was founded in 2012 and is principally focused on industrial, multi-family, senior living, and self-storage markets in the central part of the United States, with $2.1 billion in capital raised and 28 million SF of industrial properties, thousands of multi-family apartment units, and numerous senior living communities developed/managed.


The Korte Company Begins Work On 188,000 Square Foot Manufacturing Facility For Knapheide In Quincy, Illinois


Construction is scheduled to begin in March on a new 188,000 square manufacturing facility for The Knapheide Manufacturing Co. in Quincy, Illinois. The Korte Company was awarded the design-build contract earlier this year.

The new plant will be located directly south of the company’s existing 480,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which was originally constructed by The Korte Company in 1995.

When completed in early 2018, the expansion is expected to create 250 new positions, including manufacturing, installation, and various support roles.

Headquartered in Quincy, Illinois, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is a family-owned business established in 1848.  For six generations, Knapheide has provided customers with high-quality, work-ready transportation solutions.  More work vehicles on the road today carry the Knapheide name than any other manufacturer.

Knapheide partners and customers include truck and van distributors, commercial dealers, commercial fleets, fleet management companies, government entities, utilities, and end-users across a wide range of vocational segments.



CREW-St. Louis Honors Members at Annual Awards Ceremony


Airport Director receives Woman of Influence honors

The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) honored members at its 12th Annual Networking Awards held on March 9 at The Saint Louis Woman’s Club. Besides members, CREW-St. Louis presented its second annual Woman of Influence Award. The award recognizes a female leader who has impacted the commercial real estate industry through her leadership, accomplishments and service to the St. Louis region.

The awards revolve around CREW-St. Louis’ mission to advance, educate and support women to influence the commercial real estate industry. Those honored in 2017 were:

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge

Woman of Influence: Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Airports, St. Louis Lambert International Airport

After a successful 25-plus years in airline aviation, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge accepted the challenge to oversee the region’s airport. She took the helm on Jan. 3, 2010, just days after leaving her position as managing director of American Airlines’ St. Louis operations.

American’s decision to reduce St. Louis from a hub to a focus airport greatly impacted its flights and passenger traffic. Hamm-Niebruegge went to work to restore the airport’s prominence. Under her leadership, airline passenger volume now stands at nearly 14 million, almost equaling its record set back in 2008. Last year alone, the airport grew passenger volume by 10%, placing St. Louis in the top 10 U.S. airports for passenger growth. Flights have been added, with twelve new nonstop markets in the past 18 months and two more on the way this June.

Additionally, she has overseen the renovation to reopen “C” concourse and the $70 million dollar renovation of the historic T1 terminal. After a tornado struck the airport on Good Friday in 2011, she successfully reopened the airport for operations in 36 hours.

Her tenure has improved the airport’s financial standing, with debt reduced and savings of almost $60 million dollars over the past four years.

The airport also continues to attract new businesses to increase its revenue base and utilize 2,500 acres of land for commercial development. These efforts include a cargo development agreement with a company to develop 60 acres of airport property known as the Northern Tract. And St. Louis is in the final stage of approval to become a USDA port of embarkation to allow live animal charters to depart from St. Louis.

Hamm-Niebruegge’s accomplishments earned her recognition from Airport Revenue News as the 2015 Airport Director of the Year for medium hubs.

New Member of the Year: Erin Valentine, McCarthy Building Companies Inc.

Erin Valentine

Since joining CREW-St. Louis, Valentine has volunteered her time and expertise. She played a big role in the organization’s annual golf outing last year. She now serves as co-chair of the communications committee, overseeing the organization’s website, social media, e-newsletter and other communications vehicles, as well as its marketing efforts.

She was recently included in the St. Louis Business Journal’s class of 40 Under 40. And she was honored as a 2017 Young Top Professional by Engineering News-Record.

Those honors stem from her contributions to McCarthy Building Companies. Since joining one of the nation’s top construction companies in 2001, she has contributed to expanding the company’s specialized expertise and helped drive the firm’s overall success both in the St. Louis region and across America.

CREW Impact Award: Karen Karwoski, Simmons Bank

Karen Karwoski

Karwoski was lauded for her longstanding involvement in CREW-St. Louis. Since joining CREW-St. Louis 13 years ago, she has chaired numerous committees and served on the executive board. She led the chapter as president from July 2014 to the end of 2015. During her tenure as president, Karwoski launched the chapter’s first signature event and played a significant role in its ongoing strategic plan. She was also recognized for mentoring fellow members.

Her comm

itment extends to CREW Network, the international organization. She has been an advocate for the CREW Network Foundation, the only such charitable foundation that dedicates its resources solely to advance the success of women in commercial real estate.

Karwoski was also commended for her impact on the industry. She is a leading expert on the financial needs of commercial real estate companies. In banking for more than 20 years, she now focuses on treasury management.

Economic Impact: Sue Pruchnicki, Bond Architects Inc.; Rebekah Bahn Kingston, Gwen Knight, Wendy Timm and Pam Boelhauf, Colliers St. Louis; Melissa Vighi, Lashly & Baer P.C.; and Julie Drummond, Color-Art Integrated Interiors

(Renovation and New Branches for St. Louis County Library)

Real estate projects often have a lasting, positive impact on the region. Such is the case with the renovation and new branches for the St. Louis County Library System.

The transformation of the county’s library system was made possible when voters approved a tax increase to fund new facilities and upgrades to existing structures, as well as enhanced library programs and services. Several CREW-St. Louis members have played – and continue to play – a role in the multiyear capital improvement campaign called Your Library Renewed.

Bond Architects was selected to provide architectural and interior design services for 13 branch renovations and is supporting Mackey Mitchell on two new branches.

Colliers St. Louis was selected to provide real estate services. This assignment includes assisting the library in site acquisitions, site dispositions and leasing of facilities.

Lashly and Baer has provided legal services to the St. Louis County Library District since the project’s inception.

Color Art collaborated on the project, which included providing shelving installation.

Your Library Renewed will be completed in 2021.

Career Advancement for Women: Angie Earlywine, Forum Studio

Angie Earlywine

CREW-St. Louis members recognized Earlywine for her constant efforts to support and advance the careers of women in commercial real estate. As a mentor to many, colleagues commended her “for her selfless actions to give of her time and talent to others.”

She joined CREW-St. Louis in 2004. She has held numerous positions, serving on the board and as a national delegate to CREW Network. She currently guides the chapter as its 2017 president.

As a principal and director with Forum, she brings 18 years of leadership and expertise in the areas of workplace strategy and design innovation to the built environment.

A noted authority, she has shared her expertise with audiences at national conferences and has published articles and White Papers on the best practices in workplace design.

Her career includes work for the region’s and nation’s top companies: Enterprise Holdings, Cisco Systems, BlueCross BlueShield, Principal Financial, Diageo, JLL, BJC Healthcare, John Deere, T-Rex, Transunion and Spencer Fane.

The St. Louis chapter of CREW Network was started in 1982. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest of CREW Network’s 76 chapters in North America, with nearly 200 members from all disciplines in commercial real estate.

Photo Above:  Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge received a standing ovation from the audience at the 12th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards. Hamm-Niebruegge received the Woman of Influence Award for her leadership in turning around St. Louis Lambert International Airport.



HDA Architects Completes Dramatic New Event Space in Grand Center


HDA Architects recently completed Anew (A Rooftop Event Space for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri). The $3.7 million project is in the heart of St. Louis’ Grand Center and has a rooftop restaurant that is 4,250 square feet and features a glass-enclosed dining room, a 10-seat bar and an outdoor terrace.

“Conceived as a gathering space to promote and cultivate relationships, the ANEW Rooftop is a modern addition perched atop the historical Woolworth building, now owned and operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. The stout, Art Deco styled masonry of the existing building provides a wonderful contrast to the minimalist and light aesthetic of the rooftop. This old/new juxtaposition creates an exciting dynamic, exemplary of the Grand Center district.”​

The Big Brother Big Sisters Rooftop project consists of a 3,000 SF retail space, a 4,250 SF rooftop space with a 2,250 SF terrace. Sitting atop the existing Big Brothers Big Sisters offices (previously the Woolworths Building) at Grand and Olive, the new addition is a sleek, modern compliment to the existing architecture. Folded planes of wood, glass and metal create a dynamic form that is purposefully perched to create a moment of drama by overhanging the existing building. Floor to ceiling glazing helps visually extend the interior space outward to the roof terrace and views beyond. The retail space on the ground floor provides the connection from the ground to the rooftop and can be programmed as an event space, café / restaurant, or exhibition space.

There were many challenges with this project. Besides the difficulties of building on the roof of an existing building, the greatest challenge was working over the existing structure of the building. During the Woolworth Building’s previous 2007 renovation, many of the building columns were removed to accommodate the theater needs of the Kranzberg Arts Center. Thus, the position and layout of the building is driven by the locations of the remaining columns capable of carrying the new roof loads to the ground.

Team Members​:

​Architect: HDA Architects

Contractor: BSI Constructors

Electrical Contractor: ​Bell Electric

Mechancial Contractor: ​Jarrell

Structural Engineer: KPFF​

Owners Rep / Project Manager: Gabriel Project Management


Tarlton Corp. Completes New Softball Stadium at University of Missouri


Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, completed construction on a new softball stadium for the Missouri Tigers softball team at University of Missouri, in Columbia.

To celebrate its new home and usher in the spring softball season, the team hosted the 2017 Mizzou Tournament on March 3, 4 and 5, welcoming top talent from around the country at the new stadium. Situated in the Mizzou Sports Park, the facility is east of Hearnes Center and visible from Stadium Boulevard. It replaces University Field.

Tarlton, which served as construction manager for the $17.5 million project financed primarily by private gifts, also provided preconstruction services. The team constructed the 20,000-square-foot facility on what was a commuter parking lot, redeveloping and transforming the space into the new softball stadium that provides fans with a full-view concourse, outfield plaza and new surface parking lot with more than 500 spaces. Work was completed March 2 and began March 1, 2016, following construction of a separate, nearby university parking lot.

The structural steel-framed building stands on a concrete foundation with a concrete slab and metal deck and aluminum grandstands. It includes a press box, concessions, heated dugouts, a locker room with video capabilities and meeting room for coaches. The venue also features lawn seating on a berm beyond the outfield wall for additional spectators.

Safety during construction was paramount, according to Cameron Denison, Tarlton senior project manager, and the project logged no recordable safety incidents. “The team demonstrated a high level of commitment to project safety, as the construction site was situated in the middle of the parking area used for home basketball and football games,” Denison said. “We worked closely with the university’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to secure the site and ensure safety for pedestrians and motorists attending other sporting events.”

In addition to Denison, the Tarlton team also included Matt Pfund, project executive; John Doerr, project director; Garett Plotts, P.E., senior project engineer; and Chad Hartman, project superintendent. Lempka Edson Architects in Overland Park, Kan., was project architect.

The softball stadium is Tarlton’s second project on the Columbia campus. The firm recently completed an expansion and renovations to Lafferre Hall, home of the university’s College of Engineering.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets, also providing special expertise in concrete construction and restoration as well as hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services.


Business Diversity Forum

Krystal Brumfield

Announcing the Business Diversity Forum Keynote Speaker: Krystal Brumfield

President and Chief Executive Officer

Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)

Washington, D.C.

Friday, March 31, 2017

8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

B Concourse Event Space in Terminal 1


Register Now 

“Connecting Diversity to New Heights”

Krystal Brumfield advocates for diversity and inclusion of minority and women-owned companies in the multi-billion dollar airport/aviation industry. Brumfield is known as a passionate relationship builder who fuels audiences with inspiration to improve performance and succeed in business.

Brumfield will discuss the exciting growth of opportunities nationwide, as well as AMAC’s mission to promote the inclusion of minorities and women in employment at all levels of airport management, operations, and contracting opportunities throughout the airport/aviation industry. Brumfield joined AMAC last June. She previously held the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. She has also worked as Tax and Procurement Counsel for the Unites States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Brumfield earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the Southern University Law Center. She also holds a Master of Laws degree in taxation from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Southern University.

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Event Location: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

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Jim Butler Unveils New Facility for Alfa Romeo, Maserati


A sleek new building in Maplewood is now home to two Italian luxury dealerships: Jim Butler Alfa Romeo and Jim Butler Maserati. The new 14,800-square foot, glass-walled structure opened in early March, offering high-performance luxury cars backed by Jim Butler’s Black Tie Concierge Sales and Service.

The dealerships had been temporarily located at Jim Butler Auto Plaza in Crestwood while construction was underway for the new facility.

“Our goal is to provide the best luxury experience that drivers will find in St. Louis,” said Brad Sowers, CEO of Jim Butler Auto Group. “The time is right for people to discover the thrill of being behind the wheel of an Italian luxury car. There’s just nothing like it.”

The Italian flair for design and attention to detail offered by these two brands are simply unmatched among luxury cars, Sowers added. The two auto makers offer models ranging from sports cars to mid-size luxury sedans to high performance luxury SUVs.

Jim Butler launched its Maserati dealership in Spring 2015 at a temporary location in Crestwood, next to Jim Butler Auto Plaza.  The dealer began offering Alfa Romeo models at that location in January.

The new location will also offer a large selection of pre-owned cars of all makes and models. The dealership will service all makes and models and will coordinate warranty work with appropriate dealerships.

The building, designed by M2 Architecture Studio and built by Hensley Construction, places visual emphasis on the tall, glass showroom as the jewel case, highlighting the cars within as sparkling jewels. Interior finishes are all high-end, commensurate with the quality of the vehicles within.

Full height, glass-walled sales offices, a custom customer lounge, and material selection areas surround the open showroom floor. The service center features eight service bays and a retail parts department.

The facility is part of Cozad’s Sunnen Station Development, situated at the northeast corner of South Hanley Road and Sunnen Drive.

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