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Functions You Need in Construction Accounting Software

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by Schmersahl Treloar & Co.
As construction firms evolve, they quickly outgrow their first generation accounting software packages.

That software was likely purchased when there was not a lot of capital on hand and not a lot of business to keep track of. If your firm needs to upgrade, making the decision can be daunting. Here are some considerations that can help you determine if you really need to change or if your current software still has some life left in it.

Progress Billings and Retainages: Construction bills are generated sometimes for what seems like an arbitrary amount that goes against a larger contract value. Your accounting software needs to store the total contract value somewhere, and allow you to bill against it.

Retainage sometimes is withheld from billings as a job progresses. Using off-the-shelf software will require your bookkeepers to manually deduct the retainage and keep track of it. Good construction-specific accounting software will always:

·         Let you put in the full invoice amount;

·         Make an automatic accrual for the retainage;

·         Deduct it from the invoice, and

·         Put it in a separate, unbilled revenue account for tracking, collection, and proper financial reporting.

Cost Estimates and Contract Values: Some off-the-shelf software tries to lump your firm’s project cost estimates with your total contract values, and convince you that they are one and the same thing. However, the very nature of construction accounting is that costs are accrued separately and compared with contract values along the duration of each project to determine interim profits.

Your software should let you enter an estimate for the total contract cost, that can be revised, and let you enter a separate total contract amount, which is what your firm will earn by doing the work. Project costs should be able to be tracked as a percentage of the total project cost easily. And it should be available in one easy-to-find report. If it is difficult to get a percentage of completion in your software by comparing each project’s total cost-to-date with the estimated total project cost, avoid that software.

Change Order Income and Change Order Costs: Almost all construction companies can benefit by distinguishing between change orders on the income side with customers and change orders your firm grants to those who are doing some work on your project. Even if there is no formal written subcontract with your vendors, and you are not calling them subcontractors, your company should still keep committed costs accurate, well-managed, and as complete as possible.

Additionally, as your firm’s income can jump significantly with one approved change order, it is critical that the software allow you to easily track multiple change orders individually so they don’t get confused. When evaluating software, be sure the reporting you get clearly identifies change orders and allows your bookkeepers to drill down to see all the individual approved and pending change orders.

Over-Billings and Under-Billings: Sometimes called Work In Progress, over- and under-billings must usually be shown on your financial statements and your tax returns in order for your firm to stay in compliance with industry standards and tax laws. Although a savvy controller can make these journal entries so that the books meet requirements for the year-end review, good construction accounting software should calculate the over- and under-billings automatically and list them as assets or liabilities.

AIA Billing Documents: The AIA billing document is so common that you should insist that any construction accounting software package you are using print the form on-demand right from the forms or reports menu, filling in the blanks with your project financial and accounting data without any extra effort. The big names in construction accounting software all will generate AIA billing forms on-demand, saving a lot of time.

If accounting software you are considering cannot perform these functions, your bookkeepers will have to, creating a lot of unnecessary work. Shop wisely.

Five Smart Tech Trends Transforming Construction

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Submitted On Behalf Of Construction Users Roundtable

Technology is increasingly revolutionizing all industries in the world, and the construction industry is not an exception. Smart technology is rapidly changing the way construction companies interact with their work environment, improving their quality of project delivery.

As the demand for quality construction services rises, we expect more construction firms to adopt smart technologies to increase their productivity. Technologies like dronesaugmented realityvirtual reality, and 3D printing are already at play.

In this guide, we explore some of the newest construction technologies that will take the industry to the next level.

Here are five smart tech trends propelling digital transformation in the construction sector.

3D Printing

3D printing is an emerging trend in the construction industry. Considering that the cost of 3D printing has reduced, its adoption rate has increased steadily. Construction companies are now using this technology to produce scale models.

3D printing has been there since the 1980s, and its progress in the construction industry is outstanding. Its potential is fully utilized today to design the construction components of a building.

Construction companies are beginning to understand the benefits of 3D printing. With this technology, construction firms can now:

  • Print the designs for complex buildings
  • Create construction models for better project visualization
  • Identify problems in building plans
  • Communicate effectively with project owners
  • Complete projects on time

Drone Technology

The use of drones in construction sites has grown in popularity over the past few years. Drones can perform a wide range of tasks, including building surveys and inspections.

Inspection is critical in every phase of a construction project, right from laying the foundation to building a complete structure. It helps contractors to pinpoint potential risks.

Drones use photography to collect data on a construction site. Contractors can analyze the data and establish the state of critical aspects in the area.

For instance, before laying a foundation, drones can assess the drainage and vegetation of a construction site. The findings help contractors to make informed decisions.

Drones play a significant role in promoting the safety of workers in construction sites. During on-site accidents, these unmanned aerial vehicles can assess areas risky for humans.

Construction managers can also use drones to supervise and monitor workers. It ensures that all employees are working safely without fear of impending danger.

What makes drones valuable is their ability to capture data of a wide area within a short duration. They use sophisticated cameras and GPS sensors to provide quality results.

Besides surveying sites and inspecting the progress of a construction project, drones can also help in the creation of promotional videos for construction companies.

Smart Building Materials

As the techniques used to construct buildings advances steadily, innovations for smart building materials are also finding their way into the market. Smart building materials can make building structures more durable, stronger, and safer.

Today, there are several smart building materials in the market. Some of these materials include smart concrete, self-healing coatings, and smart glass.

Smart Concrete

Smart concrete is stronger and more durable than their counterparts. With the concrete, contractors can easily monitor strains and damages in structures. Smart concrete relieves construction engineers from the burden of manual inspection.

Smart concrete uses voltage monitors to detect damages beforehand, allowing contractors to do the repairs on time. With this concrete, there is no need for embedding sophisticated sensors in the building structure.

Self-Healing Coatings

Contractors can apply these polymer-based coatings on the surface of building structures to correct damages like cracks and scratches. Factors such as water, light, and heat can trigger self-corrective mechanisms.

Smart Glasses

Smart glasses can change their transmission properties based on dominant factors like light and heat. For instance, when too much light is striking a transparent smart glass, it will dim itself and turn translucent. These glasses are ideal for building smart homes in sunny areas.

Augmented/ Virtual Reality

Augmented reality in construction is becoming increasingly popular today. The technology provides real-time collaboration between construction companies and their clients. Contractors can share all the information regarding a project with the project owners.

In most cases, contractors use augmented reality to highlight potentially hazardous areas in a construction project. It helps in mitigating on-site risks and promoting the site safety.

While augmented reality pinpoints hazards in a construction project, virtual reality, on the other hand, trains workers on how to avoid or minimize such risks.

With the help of virtual reality, you can safely train your workers on how to operate heavy machineries like excavators and cranes. The technology can also help employees reduce exposure to hazardous environments.

Virtual reality eliminates the fear of fixing scaffoldings at greater heights and operating heavy machinery. With this technology, you will most likely reduce the number of on-site injuries.

Using virtual reality and augmented reality altogether will expand your company’s ability to conceptualize construction projects while promoting the quality of service and safety of workers.

Wearables

Nothing protects a construction worker from danger like a smart wearable device that can alert the worker when they’re approaching a potentially hazardous zone.

Wearables are smart devices that workers put on while working. The equipment uses sensors to collect data on construction sites and transmit it to both the worker and the supervisor.

Wearables include smart vests, watches, glasses, shoes, and helmets. These devices use sensors to read the workers surrounding and send real-time reports to project managers.

When it comes to the safety of workers, wearables have numerous applications. The smart devices can:

  • Measure the height and speed of a fall
  • Notify workers of hazards
  • Monitor body temperature, blood pressure, and the heartbeat rate of workers
  • Send signals to safety personnel alerting them of on-site accidents

With wearables, workers perform their duties confidently knowing that they are safe. When proper safety measures are in place, workers get motivated. As a result, the productivity of a construction firm will increase tremendously.

Final Words

Technologies like drones, 3D printing, wearables, virtual reality, and augmented reality are some of the latest smart tech trends in the construction industry. When used together with construction project management software, one can achieve the best results.

Before adopting smart technologies in your construction company, it is vital to evaluate your requirements. That will help you establish an accurate estimate and a perfect working budget for your construction projects. This post by Procore will help you understand the basics of cost estimation.

Pype Partners with PARIC Corporation to Leverage Integrated Solution with Autodesk BIM 360

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PARIC Corporation and Pype’s New Partnership Leverages Integrated Solution with Autodesk BIM 360

Pype, a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) suite of products for the construction industry, announced today its enterprise partnership with St.Louis-based PARIC Corporation, an industry leader in technology adoption, for use of AutoSpecs in their project teams’ submittal workflow nationwide.

Pype and PARIC have worked closely to create a mutually beneficial partnership based on Pype’s strong BIM 360 integration that elevates The PARIC Way, employed by all PARIC project teams as a standard for processing submittals. This long-term partnership stems from PARIC’s commitment to providing project teams with the latest technology to enhance job satisfaction and productivity.

“Providing best-in-class technology inspires teams to find new ways to bring value to their projects,” said Andy Leek, VP of Technology and Innovation at PARIC Corporation. “Pype improves the quality of individuals’ experience and helps them get even more out of BIM 360.”

Pype and PARIC both value the importance of software tools that easily collaborate for seamless data transfer. PARIC project teams leverage Pype’s integration with BIM 360 to provide project teams access to all data as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“Pype has several integrations with industry leading project management platforms, and PARIC leverages Pype’s integration with BIM 360,” said Karuna Ammireddy, Co-Founder and CTO of Pype. “Integrations have and will continue to be a priority across all of our Pype products. We will continue to improve workflows as we partner with industry leaders like PARIC to build out more seamless and robust project solutions.”

PARIC evaluated Pype AutoSpecs on multiple pilot projects across project team metrics and management business goals. PARIC found value in the drastic time savings as well as the way it elevated project teams’ use of BIM 360 “PARIC project teams in the field told us that they simply have to have AutoSpecs,” said Travis Byerley, VDC Coordinator at PARIC. “It saves them a ton of time, helps them understand the origin of each submittal, and they’re actually able to get even more value out of BIM 360. This also helps them focus on higher priority tasks that provide more value to the project overall.”

After receiving strong grassroots endorsements from project teams, PARIC saw there was a need, and focused on the implementation with Pype as a solution. With open-minded and positive communication from both sides, Pype and PARIC worked through issues, new ideas, and quickly came to solutions together.

“Pype works as an enterprise solution,” said Leek. “We were able to roll AutoSpecs out quickly across a dozen projects and really start making forward progress. We’ve been able to get this work done for the last 40 years, but Pype just helps us do it better while staying contract compliant.”

The benefits that stem from this partnership don’t end at Pype and PARIC—both companies are invested in long term industry change.

“Pype strives to drive the industry forward by using patented machine learning technology to solve manual workflow problems facing construction project teams,” said Sunil Dorairajan, Co-Founder and CEO at Pype. “We worked closely with teams at PARIC to identify ways we could improve their submittal workflows, and they identified ways our technology could better address their needs. We truly have a partnership built on mutual improvement not just for our companies, but for the construction industry as a whole.”

Pype is the construction industry’s first SaaS provider for submittal log management and project closeout. By using patented AI and machine-learning algorithms, our platforms liberate project teams from error-prone spreadsheet workflows and ensure contract compliance from precon through closeoutFor more information, please visit https://pype.io, or call 866-860-7973.

PARIC, one of the largest privately-held St. Louis-based companies and ranked nationally in the ENR top 200, pairs its unique construction management approach and negotiated general construction techniques to take projects beyond expectation. Established in 1979, PARIC

Prominent Real Estate Firms Partner to Acquire Well-Known Chesterfield Property Portfolio

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Partnership Represents Over 300 Years of Collective Real Estate Experience

Gershman Commercial Real Estate and BurkHill Real Estate LLC have partnered to acquire Sachs Properties’ prominent 860,000-square-foot real estate portfolio in Chesterfield. Gershman and BurkHill’s total investment in the properties will exceed $100 million, which includes the purchase price and planned capital improvements.

The 18-property portfolio, conveniently clustered around the intersection of Highway 64/40 and Clarkson Boulevard, includes 13 multi-tenant office buildings, four retail properties and one industrial/warehouse facility. The portfolio of properties, which are home to over 160 tenants, has an overall occupancy rate of more than 90%.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a very recognizable, well-located property from another well-known St. Louis real estate family,” said Tom Stern, executive chairman of Gershman Commercial Real Estate, which, like Sachs, is a local family owned real estate firm. “There are a lot of cultural similarities between the Gershman and Sachs entities that made this transaction a great fit above and beyond the value of these significant properties.”

Gershman began discussions with representatives of the Sachs family more than two years ago about the possibility of acquiring the portfolio of commercial properties that the late Louis Sachs, founder of Sachs Properties, began developing more than 50 years ago and which remain a cornerstone of the Chesterfield business community.

Based upon the scale of the acquisition, Gershman was seeking an equity partner for the deal and wanted to work with an equity partner that shared their long-term investment outlook. “It was critical for us to partner with someone that shared our vision for these assets,” said Stern.

Ultimately, Gershman teamed up with BurkHill, the private real estate investment fund founded by local real estate veteran Mark Burkhart. Burkhart, the former CEO of Cassidy Turley, launched BurkHill’s first fund in 2016 to invest in real estate assets.

“This deal represents one of the largest real estate transactions in St. Louis in recent history,” Burkhart said. “BurkHill diligently seeks real estate assets that fit our strict investment criteria. We have been very patient in search of the right investment and this iconic property meets our high standards. Gershman’s long history of success in operating similar assets, coupled with our experience, is a great combination.”

As part of the transaction, many of the employees of Sachs Properties will be transitioning to the Gershman team.

“The decision to sell these assets was very difficult but this transaction was as close to a win-win for everyone as we felt we could have achieved,” said the Sachs family. “We felt Gershman was the ideal partner to best honor the legacy of Sachs Properties both for our employees and our tenants and we’re very happy they were able to partner with another local firm in BurkHill.”

The Sachs family continues to control more than 150 acres of land around Chesterfield Village, which could be prime sites for future developments.

Gershman and BurkHill plan to make significant investments in the newly acquired properties, including capital improvements, design upgrades and amenity enhancements.  Those plans will be unveiled in the very near future.

“This has been a long process and we’re very excited to reposition these properties in the marketplace,” said Chris Fox, executive vice president and managing director of brokerage and advisory services for Gershman. Fox will oversee the Gershman team providing ongoing leasing for the Chesterfield Village properties. “We pride ourselves in providing a very hands-on level of service and intend to bring that same approach to this portfolio.  We have a great management and accounting team as well, many of which have a long history with these properties through Sachs, and intend to keep most of that day to day team located in Chesterfield within the portfolio.”

Gershman is the largest locally owned commercial real estate firm in the St. Louis metro area and currently manages close to six million square feet of commercial space.  Gershman made the investment through its subsidiary, Gershman Commercial Equities.

BurkHill’s investment came though BurkHill Real Estate Fund I.  “With the successful placement of Fund I, we are very excited to plan for the future and continued investment,” said Burkhart.

Gershman and BurkHill plan to rebrand the properties as the Offices at Chesterfield Village.

For leasing information, photos and addresses of each property, visit www.chesterfieldvillageoffice.com or call (314) 862-9400.

Established in 1948, Gershman Commercial Real Estate is the largest locally owned commercial real estate firm in the St. Louis, Missouri, metro area. It provides unparalleled service and support during all stages of a commercial real estate transaction. The company’s current management portfolio exceeds six million square feet of office, retail, industrial and multi-family space, inclusive of 175+ properties and over 1,100 tenants, located throughout the St. Louis metropolitan market.

 BurkHill Real Estate Investors is a private real estate investment fund founded by industry veteran Mark Burkhart. The fund invests in retail, industrial, office and multi-family real estate assets, with a minimal asset size of $1 million. BurkHill establishes short- and long-term strategies for each asset and oversees the property management and leasing terms to ensure the strategy is being properly implemented.

‘2019 Top Plant Award’ for Bagnell Dam Stabilization Project at Ameren Missouri Osage Energy Center

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$53 million project was first major structural update in over 30 years for 85-year-old historic dam, which holds back 600 billion gallons of water 

MC Industrial, Inc., a McCarthy Holdings company, which serves the specialized construction needs of the industrial market nationwide, has received a “2019 Top Plant Award” in the renewable category from POWER magazine. The award recognizes MC Industrial’s work as general contractor for the Bagnell Dam Stabilization project, a $53 million investment in major structural and anchoring upgrades for the Ameren Missouri Osage Energy Center in Lake Ozark, Mo.

Completed three months ahead of schedule and on-budget in September 2018, the stabilization project was the first major structural update in over 30 years for the 85-year-old historic Bagnell Dam. The hydroelectric dam holds back 600 billion gallons of water from the Osage River at Lake of the Ozarks and is a source of clean energy for the entire state, as well as the centerpiece of a billion-dollar tourism destination.

When it was built in 1931, the Bagnell Dam, which created the Lake, was the largest construction project in the nation during the Great Depression. Today, it is the largest privately funded dam in the U.S. and produces more than 624,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy that powers 52,000 homes each year.

“This recognition as a Top Plant from POWER magazine is very special for this complicated 18-month-long project on the downstream side of the Dam to improve overall safety, efficiency and reliability, as well as long-term sustainability,” said Michael Hartwig, project manager for MC Industrial.

Work performed to enhance the structural integrity of the Bagnell Dam demanded expertise in heavy civil and major dam rehabilitation. The three-part project included installation of 67 new post-tension anchors to help secure the dam to the underlying bedrock; more than 66-million pounds of new concrete poured to further weigh down the dam; and a new concrete overlay to replace worn and cracked concrete on the east and west sections.

Notable innovations included the use of Project Tracker, a Lean construction tracking 3D model software developed by McCarthy to allow real-time integration of project data, enabling the project to be completed three months ahead of schedule. In addition, the project is the first in the U.S. to use Duoguard Formtex, a new permeable form liner, to complete the challenging vertical and diagonal concrete pours, ensuring a durable surface free from imperfections.

“This project was focused on keeping this vital asset providing clean energy in the long-term, using the best possible engineering available today,” said Warren Witt, director of hydro operations at Ameren Missouri. “The high-quality work will ensure Bagnell Dam and the Osage Energy Center operate reliably and safely, affording the quality of life for hundreds of thousands who enjoy all that the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer each year.”

For more than four decades, POWER magazine has honored the top performers in the electricity-generating industry with annual power plant awards. More information about the project is available at https://www.powermag.com/successful-dam-stabilization-project-improves-safety-and-reliability.

MC Industrial, Inc., a McCarthy Holdings company, serves the specialized construction needs of the industrial market nationwide, providing turnkey services that deliver uncompromising commitment to safety and quality regardless of project size or complexity. MC Industrial has decades of proven experience in a variety of markets including power & renewables, petrochemical & refinery, heavy industrial and manufacturing. More information is available at www.mcindustrial.com

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedInand Instagram.


Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri’s mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 130,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

KAI Designs Unique Shade Solar Canopy for Saint Louis Zoo

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KAI Design has created a unique solar canopy for the Saint Louis Zoo that provides much-needed shade for visitors, absorbs light and generates power.

The solar panel shade canopy, officially called Williams Family Solar Pavilion, provides shelter for a 2,200-square-foot dining area at a prominent location in the zoo. During the planning process for a retail renewal program in the heart of the zoological park, the project team recognized an opportunity to greatly expand the amount of sheltered outdoor dining area.

“The prominence of the location presented a unique opportunity and demanded ambitious aesthetic goals,” said Carl Karlen, Design Principal at KAI and Senior Designer on the project. “The canopy overlooking the central lagoon is highly visible to the millions of annual visitors, many of whom will sit in its shade enjoying their meals. It will also host important after-hours events as a source of additional revenue. The generosity of a sponsor elevated the possibilities for a distinctive architectural solution adding to the fabric of the historic and varied campus.”

Discussions on sustainability and LEED certification goals yielded the decision to include electrical power generated on-site from a solar power array. Design challenges included integration of technical requirements and aesthetics of the solar array itself (a steep 20-degree panel slope, exposed wiring and connections and an industrial appearance).

“The strategic location of the structure was selected to avoid disruption to seating and other uses,” said Karlen. “LEED requirements for power generation and lighting spillover, and harmonization of the new structure with the existing naturalistic context were also considered.”

The final architectural design allowed for inclusion of extensive custom artwork engraved into the Corten steel structure, which features aquatic life located throughout the park.

Power UP installed the panels and KAI Build was the general contractor on the project.

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. To learn more about KAI, visit www.kai-db.com

Centene Community Ice Center Grand Opening Set For September 7th

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Featuring City of Maryland Heights, Legacy Ice Foundation, St. Louis Blues and Centene Corporation Senior Leaders at 11 a.m.

Maryland Heights, Mo., August 29, 2019 — The City of Maryland Heights, the Legacy Ice Foundation and the St. Louis Blues will open the new Centene Community Ice Center to the public Saturday, September 7 with a full day of celebration including a dedication ceremony, music, celebrities, hockey games, free public skating sessions, food, family friendly activities and more.

The public is invited to attend and participate in the festivities, which will begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 11:30 p.m. and include giveaway prizes for the first 3,000 in attendance and a formal dedication ceremony at 11 a.m.

The $83 million, state-of-the-art ice sports complex located at 750 Casino Center Drive features three indoor NHL-sized sheets of ice with public seating areas holding up to 2,500 spectators. The Ice Center will serve as the official practice facility of the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues.

A fourth covered outdoor rink will be a year-round destination featuring ice skating in colder months and serve the remainder of the year as a 4,200-seat multi-purpose venue for concerts scheduled by Live Nation, community festivals and other city events.

The day’s festivities will include the following activities:

Outdoors

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Street festival featuring food trucks and family activities including jugglers, balloon artists, The Bubble Bus, air brush tattoos, the St. Louis Blues Street Crew with their inflatables and more.
  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Music by the ‘Pride of Pattonville’ High School Marching Band.
  • 10:45 – 11 a.m.: Boy Scout Special Needs Troop 724 presenting the colors and national anthem sung by Charles Glenn.
  • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Dedication Ceremony and ribbon cutting featuring:
    • Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller;
    • Louis Blues Chairman Tom Stillman;
    • Louis Legacy Ice Foundation Chairman Patrick Quinn;
    • Louis Blues President and CEO of Business Operations Chris Zimmerman;
    • Centene Corporation Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer Marcela Manjarrez Hawn
  • Noon – 2 p.m.: Music by the Charles Glenn Band.

Indoors

  • Free one-hour public skating sessions with skate rental and DJ music at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Participants can bring their own skates or rent skates for free; however, size availability is limited.
  • Hockey games featuring Blues Sled Hockey at 3:30 p.m., Blues Blind Hockey Game at 4:10 p.m., St. Louis Blues Special Hockey at 4:50 p.m., Celebrity/Coaches Hockey Game at 5:45 p.m., Police vs. Fire Hockey at 7:15 p.m. and co-ed intra-squad Lindenwood University Hockey at 8:45 p.m.
  • Louis AAA Blues and Lady Cyclones will be practicing throughout the afternoon.
  • Special appearances by members of the St. Louis Blues’ Blue Crew throughout the day.

Food and beverages will be provided all day by food trucks.  Special exhibits will be on display throughout the day from the Blues Street Team, Lindenwood University, the Lady Cyclones and others.  On-site parking will be available and supported with shuttle transportation to overflow off-site parking areas at nearby Hollywood Casino St. Louis.  More information about the grand opening, registration for public skating sessions and ongoing programs is available at www.marylandheights.com/IceCenter.

The St. Louis Blues, the St. Louis Blues Alumni, Lindenwood University, the St. Louis Blues AAA program and the St. Louis Lady Cyclones are the primary tenants of the Centene Community Ice Center.  The facility will also host high school teams and leagues, hockey tournaments and regional events from across the Midwest and nationally.  The Ice Center represents a regional movement to engage more youth in skating and ice sports.  Its construction fills a major need in the St. Louis community, providing the support and resources necessary to foster the growth of hockey and other ice sports and the health and well-being of the region’s youth.  For more information, visit www.centenecommunityicecenter.com.

Mercy Healthcare will offer sports medicine, therapy, training and other ancillary medical services through an on-site space.  The Ice Center will also house retail and restaurant spaces as well as concourses and support facilities.

Overall, the Centene Community Ice Center expects more than 1 million visitors annually, filling more than 16,000 hotel nights and delivering an estimated $20 million economic impact. The complex is funded through a public-private partnership with support from the City of Maryland Heights, St. Louis County, the State of Missouri, the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation, the St. Louis Blues and Centene Corporation.  The 27-acre facility is managed by Spectra, a national entertainment and hospitality company, through the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation as part of a 30-year agreement with the City of Maryland Heights, which will own the facility upon completion.

“The arrival of the Centene Community Ice Center is a major step forward in the City’s overall development of the Maryland Park Lake District as an environmentally responsible community of recreation, sports, entertainment, hospitality and lifestyle amenities,” said Mike Moeller, Mayor of Maryland Heights. “This ice sports complex fits perfectly into our vision of the Lake District as a catalyst for regional growth and development.  This is a great partnership with the City of Maryland Heights, the St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation that will facilitate development of the Lake District and be a tremendous asset to the community.  We are excited by what the future holds for this area.”

“As an enthusiastic hockey community, we are thrilled to further enrich the region with programing for all ages and physical abilities at Centene Community Ice Center,” said Patrick Quinn, St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation Chairman.  “We are also thrilled to introduce the sport of hockey along with other ice sports to the members of the community that may not yet be participants.  The Grand Opening celebrations include free public skating that will allow everyone to join in this milestone moment.”

“From day one, the goal for the St. Louis Blues was to support the development of a world-class facility that would help grow ice sports in our region and shine a spotlight on the Heartland of Hockey,” said Chris Zimmerman, President/CEO Business Operations for the St. Louis Blues.  “We are thrilled to be able to join the other Foundation partners and the City of Maryland Heights in making this dream a reality. What wonderful timing for every level of the game to come together in this facility as the Blues prepare to defend the Stanley Cup and then host the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis.”

“Spectra is thrilled to open this premier hockey facility along with our partners St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation and the City of Maryland Heights. The vitality of the community will shine through in all of the programs that are open to hockey fans of all ages,” John Page, President of Spectra’s Venue Management and Partnerships divisions, said. “We are proud to contribute to the growth of the region while continuing the celebration of the recent Stanley Cup Champions, the St. Louis Blues. In addition to the multiple ice rinks, there will be an opportunity to host events both public and private to experience this state-of-the-art complex. Spectra is dedicated to the fan experience and making it a memorable one that exceeds expectations.”

St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation Mission

The St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation was founded to provide the St. Louis region – with an emphasis on youth – with the opportunity to develop their skills in ice sports in setting that foster personal growth and excellence.  The St. Louis Community Ice Center is our “flagship” facility ensures that our region will attract major ice sport events and tournaments, contributing to economic development and job creation, with the resulting effect of strengthening ice sports across our region.  In these and related endeavors, we champion the value inherent in ice sports: commitment, good sportsmanship, teamwork, personal integrity, and respect for others and self.

Spectra

Spectra is an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships. Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com. Follow Spectra on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn

About St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues have been a part of the NHL since 1967. During more than 50 years of operation, the organization has established itself as one of the premier professional sports franchises in the country. With nine division titles, a Presidents’ Trophy and more than 20 former team members enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Blues have etched one of the most storied histories in the NHL. Through their history, the Blues have hosted more than 35 million fans and invested millions in the St. Louis community via Blues for Kids, the team’s charitable foundation.

Poettker Construction Raises $30,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Annual golf classic raises record-setting donation 

Poettker Construction, a second-generation family-owned construction company, raised more than $30,000 in an annual golf classic for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). The golf classic, titled “Building Children’s Futures,” was held July 26, 2019 at Governor’s Run Golf Course in Carlyle, IL.

“We are thankful for our employees, friends, business partners and sponsors who make this event possible,” said Kevin Poettker, director of business development and BBBS board member. “This tournament really shows our commitment to our community and provides us a great chance to give back.”

Proceeds will be used to support the BBBS mission of helping children recognize their potential and build better futures. Since 1980, the organization has helped thousands of youth face adversity and develop mentorship in Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties.

“Congratulations on a well-planned and executed tournament,” said Heather Freed, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We are thankful for our relationship with Poettker, and the donations help support our mission.”

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, visit https://www.bbbsil.org/.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned and veteran-owned construction company. Specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform work, Poettker Construction serves the Education, Government, Healthcare, Industrial, Municipal, Recreation and Retail industries. For more information, visit poettkerconstruction.com.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking’s Nate Cohen Creates New Chess Tables for Grand Chess Tour Events in St. Louis

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Tables Modeled After 1960s Havana Championship Tables Which Featured Bobby Fischer

Saint James, MO, August 27, 2019–Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces Nate Cohen, chief financial officer and professional woodworker, has designed and built innovative chess tables for the two major Grand Chess Tour events to be held in St. Louis, MO. The tables incorporate a fully computerized chess board to monitor player’s moves and scores. They were unveiled as part of a special ceremony held August 9, 2019 at the World Chess Hall of Fame, (WCHOF) as seen by an online worldwide audience.

The tables were formally introduced at the 2019 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz and the 2019 Sinquefield Cup. Both events feature the top chess players in the world, including Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, and are being held at the Saint Louis Chess Club through August 29, 2019. The tables will also be used in future championship events.

Cohen’s design is inspired by a Cuban chess table used by Bobby Fischer in Havana in 1966, which is now part of the WCHOF’s permanent collection. The tables feature green padding and display screens with the latest electronic equipment inlaid.

The tables were commissioned by Rex Sinquefield, founder and president of the Saint Louis Chess Club and host of several Grand Chess Tour events. Entitled the “Sinquefield Table,” Cohen has been designing and building tables for the Chess Club since its founding in 2008.

“We should actually be calling these the Nate Cohen Tables,” Sinquefield said. “He has won three international competitions for woodworking.  He is an incredible expert. We have been working with Nate for 11 years and when we needed some new tables for these championships. I had the Cuban table in mind that was used in the 1960s. We asked Nate if he could do it and he said yes, and now we have the beautiful finished product.”

“I am grateful to Rex and his wife, Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield, for this special opportunity, and to be a part of this growing chess family. Our team is excited to be providing the tables for these world class events. It is a great privilege to have an impact on the game of chess as its popularity grows in St. Louis and on a world-wide basis,” Cohen said.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned architectural design/build woodworking firm headquartered in St. James, Missouri. For more information visit https://cohenwoodworking.com

The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for everyone to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures. For more information, visit <http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/>  www.saintlouischessclub.org <http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/> .

Carpenters Open Wellness Center in Partnership with Cerner Corporation

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE 

On Thursday, Aug. 28, The St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council celebrated the grand opening of its 10,000-square-foot Carpenters Wellness Center.

Located next to Carpenters headquarters in the 1400 block of Hampton Avenue, the Carpenters Wellness Center was built by St. Louis-based Interface Construction. The building represents a partnership with global health platform innovator Cerner Corporation.

“We’re now able to provide Carpenters and their families a one-stop shop for the majority of their medical and preventive care needs without the cost burdens associated with traditional medical care,” said Al Bond, executive secretary-treasurer. “By providing affordable and convenient care, we hope to improve the overall health of our membership while removing two key barriers, access and cost.”

A second wellness center location will be built soon in Kansas City, according to Bond. The health-specific initiatives are part of the Carpenters’ overall efforts to recruit and retain a skilled workforce, “There’s a looming workforce shortage as baby boomers retire,” Bond said.

“Offering innovative benefits like the Carpenters Wellness Center may help attract new talent to the field while providing a distinct healthcare advantage to our existing members.”

Mike Heckman, vice president of population health services at Cerner, said the company’s partnership with the Carpenters is enthusiastically welcomed. “Opening this wellness center marks an important step toward providing members and their families with quality care tailored to their needs, with a focus on long-term health,” Heckman said. “The Carpenters Union has served the tri-state area for more than 130 years, and we’re bringing many years of workforce experience to help deliver great health outcomes for their members.”

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