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HDA Architects Completes Dramatic New Event Space in Grand Center

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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

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Tarlton Corp. Completes New Softball Stadium at University of Missouri

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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.

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Business Diversity Forum

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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

FREE ADMISSION

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

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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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Recycler Uses Rare Magnetic Optical Sorter Machine at New $5 Million Facility

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Missouri’s largest professional electronics recycler is using a $1.7 million magnetic optical sorter shredding machine in Wright City, Mo. to create new business opportunities that put it in the vanguard of national and international recycling operations.

EPC, Inc., which is based in St. Charles, Mo., opened its new, $5 million,104,000-square-foot facility in November 2016, replacing an existing, 65,000-square-foot recycling building in Earth City, Mo.  EPC anticipates that its business volume will grow by 20 percent initially at the new site.

The state-of-the-art magnetic optical sorter shredding machine positions the new location at the top level of technology recycling facilities in the United States.  Presently operating at about 40 percent capacity, the $1.7 million machine — one of the few of its kind in the world — has plenty of room for both environmental and economic growth.

The Wright City location underscores EPC’s commitment to its specialty, namely refurbishing and remarketing used IT equipment.  The facility is expected to handle 25 million pounds of material in 2017.  EPC handles about 70,000 whole devices a month globally, refurbishing and reselling 90 percent to 95 percent of that.  Its primary source of business is major corporations.

The magnetic optical sorter shredding machine includes smart technology, automating the process of sorting and decommissioning computer equipment and eliminating the human risk associated with decommissioning.  The sorter also has the capabilities to learn processes and improve performance based on logging and avoiding previous mistakes.

Founded by company president Dan Fuller in 1984, EPC has been growing substantially at a significant rate for more than 30 years.  I hope you’ll be interested in touring the Wright City facility and learning what makes it one of the major recycling locations in the United States.

EPC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of St. Louis-based CSI Leasing.  For more information, visit www.epcusa.com.

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IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center Enters Education Partnership with St. Louis Community College

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Left to right, Jeff Pittman, Ph.D., chancellor of St. Louis Community College; Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA); and Frank Jacobs, business manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.

Missouri’s most prolific producer of highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians is strengthening career opportunities through an education partnership with St. Louis Community College (STLCC).  The IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center has entered a partnership for apprentices and journey workers to earn associate degrees from STLCC.  The training center, located at 2300 Hampton Ave., is operated jointly by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association.  For more than 70 years, it has produced more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any training program in Missouri.

The college will offer the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Skilled Trades Industrial Occupations Technology Apprenticeship program, or Skilled Trades AAS program.  The STLCC Skilled Trades AAS program is a joint effort to recognize apprenticeship training as postsecondary education to prepare the current and future workforce. An associate degree will be awarded to a journey worker who successfully completes the approved U.S. Department of Labor apprentice program and 15 credit hours of general education courses at STLCC.  “This will equip them with the knowledge, skills and certifications they need to seek employment and promotion in the construction industry, and allow them to advance and/or pursue further postsecondary educational opportunities,” said Steve Long, STLCC’s associate vice chancellor for Workforce Solutions.

“Our educational partnership with St. Louis Community College will strengthen career paths for our apprentices and journey workers,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “While the training center produces highly technical skills for the electrical industry, many of our members have entrepreneurial skills that benefit the business community.  Many have founded their own companies.”

In February 2017, the St. Louis Regional Chamber announced an initiative to make the St. Louis metropolitan region among the 10 most educated in the nation. Among the goals is to increase associate degrees by 10 percent, an 18,000-person increase, and bachelor’s degrees to 40 percent, a 75,000-person increase, by 2025.  See www.topteneducation.org.

“Our plan to partner with STLCC has been in the works well before the chamber’s new education initiative, but we applaud the effort,” said Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter, NECA.  “We have decades of investment in developing pacesetting skills and safety in the electrical industry to meet an ever more complex array of construction projects. The St. Louis Community College education partnership allows us to more fully leverage our incredible talented workforce by opening new avenues for careers.”

The training center is entirely industry funded by IBEW/NECA at no taxpayer expense.  IBEW/NECA invests $2 million annually in training.  That includes 10,000 hours of training for apprentices, who earn a wage while they learn, and continuing education programs for journey workers.  The training center’s more than 70-course curriculum uses advanced technology including a rooftop solar array and courses on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and next generation electrical/communication installations, including green energy, smart building technology and advanced manufacturing.

There are currently 467 apprentices enrolled in four separate programs registered with U.S. Department of Labor.  The training center offers tutoring and mentoring and has a 91 percent graduation rate. Over the last four years, 27 percent of participants have been minorities.  Through its participation in career fairs and its Electrical Connection partnership (www.electricalconnection.org), IBEW/NECA is committed to a broad outreach to recruit apprentices while also energizing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education in schools which is critical to producing the highly skilled electrical and communications workforce upon which Missouri depends.

STLCC will offer classroom- or web-based courses for the convenience of the students. Participants will pay the in-district tuition rate per credit hour for any course offered as part of the college’s general education curriculum. STLCC also will provide information on how to apply for financial aid, student loans or grants.

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Eagan Building Group Kicks Off Headquarters Renovation

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Eagan Building Group, a Washington based commercial construction contractor, recently announced the kickoff of a headquarters renovation for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund in Sunset Hills, Missouri.  The twelve-phase project consists of renovating nearly 28,000 square feet office finish including new offices, conference rooms, updated finishes, and new modular furnishings.

Since 1978, the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) has served as the financial resource for The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. With over 60,000 investors, LCEF has been able to make a difference in thousands of ministries, offering support services and customized loans to new and growing ministries.

“We began working with LCEF in March of 2016 meticulously planning a comprehensive new look and feel for their space.  The existing floorplan simply wasn’t conducive to attracting and retaining new employees.  The new space will be very modern, functional, and conducive to a collaborative work environment,” according to Tim Eagan, President of Eagan Building Group.

The project is scheduled to be finished before the end of July.

Eagan Building Group was formed in 2008 and focuses on the commercial & industrial building markets.  They are also sellers of commercial carpeting and modular office furniture.

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STLCC Awards KAI Design & Build Contract to Design New Allied Health Center

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KAI Design & Build has been awarded a consulting contract with St. Louis Community College (STLCC) to design the new Allied Health Center on the college’s Forest Park campus. The project team will be comprised of 85% Minority Business and Woman Business Enterprises through KAI and its consultants.

The contract was approved at the STLCC Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 23.

“KAI presents an experienced, diverse project team that has done considerable design work for the college,” said Jeff Pittman, Ph.D., STLCC chancellor. “They demonstrated a clear vision for the transformative nature of the new building, as well as a creative preliminary solution to the site development, acoustic concerns and future campus space requirements.”

The project aims to gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for the building. LEED is considered the leading benchmark in green building.

The proposed site of the new Allied Health building is along Oakland Avenue between the Library building and immediately north of the A, B and C Towers. It will house STLCC-Forest Park’s existing Allied Health programs, and add the districtwide Nursing program, plus the Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapist Assistant programs, which are currently offered at the Meramec campus. Preliminary data suggests the facility will be 65,000 square feet.

“The new Allied Health Center will be a significant addition and improvement to the Forest Park campus. Replacing a more than 50-year-old structure, the new building will metaphorically reintroduce the campus to the St. Louis community in a bold and vibrant way.”, said Larry Johnson Jr, Ph.D., STLCC-Forest Park provost.

Project completion on the Allied Health building is estimated to be two-and-a-half years. Actual construction may take up to 15 months, and also will include demolition of the A and B Towers and construction of a new entrance off Oakland Avenue.

KAI Design & Build was established in 1980 in St. Louis, MO. The firm specializes in providing value‐added building solutions through design and build collaboration.

Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States. STLCC has four campuses: Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood. The college annually serves more than 80,000 students through credit courses, continuing education and workforce development programs. For more information about STLCC, visit  stlcc.edu.

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Becoming a Performance Driven Firm

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Presented in partnership with AIA-St. Louis

Being a top firm is about much more than getting design awards. The design community is recognizing that excellence is about design AND performance. This is reflected in the recently revised AIA Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten awards,  which now emphasizes the importance of actual building performance in addition to project’s design intent.

Is your firm consistently delivering high-performance buildings? Whether or not projects are LEED certified, you can develop internal systems and processes to ensure high performance projects across your portfolio. Successful companies realize improved project performance, increased profits and happier clients through performance-driven design.

This session will share frameworks, roadmaps and proven methodologies from successful firms to help attendees assess their current situation, identify strategic areas for improvement, and develop change management strategies to ensure widespread adoption of new processes and project delivery methodologies for continuous improvement.

This evening presentation is applicable to anyone championing sustainability in their organization. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common problems that limit a firm’s ability to drive high performance through their projects.
  • Explore proven methodologies to integrate performance into project outcomes.
  • Access tools and resources for direct application in participants’ work to foster effective change management.
  • Discover a clear roadmap and steps that apply to all firms no matter where they are in the process.

SPEAKER
Barbra Batshalom is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Performance Institute and past founder and president of the USGBC Affiliate in Massachusetts. She is an industry leader whose vision drives the organization’s programs to transform the market from public policy to professional practice. SPI’s Green Firm Certification is the first industry program to provide a framework for evaluating the capability of design and construction firms to deliver a consistent, high quality sustainability service and was adopted by HUD in 2012. SPI’s Green Firm Boot Camp workshop program has been delivered to hundreds of firms nation-wide to help raise the bar on professional practice in the industry. With a diverse background of fine arts, social psychology and 20 years in architecture and sustainability consulting, she brings a variety of skills to her work and a unique perspective engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work.  Her recent presentations include Greenbuild 2015 (in US, Brazil and Italy), Living Future 2014, NESEA 2015, 2016, and AIA National Convention, 2014.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm -Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members, AIA- St. Louis Members, and Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

Thanks to our Event Sponsor: Fox Architects

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AGC Of Missouri Honored With 2017 Arcus Award

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Construction Group Recognized for Inclusion and Talent Attraction

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri was recognized with the Arcus Award for Inclusion and Talent Attraction at the 4th Annual Arcus Awards event on Feb. 23. The Academy Awards-style program, sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and presented by RubinBrown LLP, honored the achievements of companies and organizations that inspire a greater St. Louis. Over 850 executives, entrepreneurs and civic leaders attended the dinner program at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

The AGC of Missouri (AGCMO) was one of two organizations recognized for innovative inclusion initiatives in the awards category, sponsored by Express Scripts. AGCMO was the first of 92 chapters of AGC of America to hire a Vice President of Inclusion and to create an inclusion department. In collaboration with its members and other industry partners, AGCMO also developed a number of initiatives including operating the Construction Careers Center charter high school, supporting the Building Union Diversity program, being a financial contributor and board member of the Regional Union Construction Center that provides advisory boards of directors for minority and women construction firms, and investing in serving on the board of the Contractor Loan Fund, a $10.6 million private equity fund that provides financing for minority and women-owned businesses. AGCMO also established relationships with the Father’s Support Center and the Missouri’s Division of Corrections to explore apprenticeship opportunities.

The other organization recognized in this category was TheBANK of Edwardsville which opened a fully bilingual banking center inside the Fairmont City, Illinois, public library in 2015. It serves a community that is 70 percent Hispanic and where almost 40 percent of the residents live below the poverty level. Fairmont City had no other banks, forcing the residents to rely on grocery stores and check cashing stores for their financial needs.

Commenting on the award, Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of AGCMO, said, “It is truly a great honor to be recognized for our work on diversity and workforce issues.  Our members have invested a great deal of time, money and effort into inclusion and much of that work over the years is coming to fruition. Our dedicated staff also has worked tirelessly on this important issue. I especially want to thank our construction industry partners as well as all the Missouri-based companies and government agencies that also have provided tremendous leadership on inclusion.  We are a stronger community because of everyone’s joint efforts.”

ABOVE PHOTO

Front Row (left to right): Monica Bailey, McCarthy Building Companies; Steve Lewis, AGC of Missouri; Len Toenjes, AGC of Missouri; Marlene Davis, Alderwoman, City of St. Louis; Roslyn Croft, Tarlton Corporation.

Back Row (left to right): Earl Strauther, Jr., Paric Corporation; Precious Jackson, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Steve Faust, icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering, LLC; Anthony Lancia, AGC of Missouri; Aaron Williams, Alberici Constructors, Inc.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri                                                      – 30 –

AGC of Missouri offices are located at:

1221 Jefferson Street                                                 6330 Knox Industrial Drive, Ste. 200
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109                                   St. Louis, Missouri  63139

Telephone:  573.636.3188                                          Telephone:  314.781.2356

Toll Free:  844-60-MOAGC

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