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IWR North America Adds Doug Hantak as Project Manager

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IWR North America, one of the longest standing building enclosure contractors in the U.S., has added Doug Hantak as a project manager. In his role at IWR, Hantak will assist in managing projects from sale to completion and monitoring the supply chain in the architectural metal segment.

“Having an experienced project manager, like Doug, is essential for IWR,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “IWR wants to maintain its status as an industry leader in the building enclosure market and that would not be possible without dedicated and accomplished project managers.”

Hantak brings more than a decade of project management experience to IWR, working with the architectural metal panel and curtain wall industries. Before joining the team at IWR, Hantak worked as a project manager at Enclos. In his time as a project manager, he contributed to notable projects such as the Mall at Millenia in Florida, Bleu Ciel condominiums in Dallas, and the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas.

IWR North America is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., with a Southwest Division in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing contractors in the nation, specializing in building enclosures since 1895. Today, IWR services its clients and communities from multiple locations. Through a strong focus on building façades, IWR has become an industry leader in high-performing glazing, cladding and screening systems. With design, fabrication and installation capabilities, IWR delivers value-added solutions as a single-source building enclosure partner. For more information, please visit www.iwr-na.com or call 314-633-4958.

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St. Louis Region Wraps up $222M Project Doubling Capacity on Merchants Bridge

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The 133-year-old Merchants Bridge celebrated its official grand reopening September 15, following the completion of a landmark $222 million project to replace the vital artery that links Missouri and Illinois near downtown St. Louis. Dating back to the 1890s, the Merchants Bridge serves six Class I railroads and Amtrak as a bridge crossing across the Mississippi River at St. Louis, and replacement of the structure has been the bi-state St. Louis region’s top freight infrastructure priority since 2016.

The event marked the culmination of almost a decade of planning and advocacy and four years of reconstruction to modernize this critical infrastructure over the Mississippi River, which is one of the nation’s primary east-west rail corridors serving one of America’s largest rail hubs by car interchange volume and gross tonnage. This project will double the capacity on the bridge, so it can facilitate two freight trains at the same time and move freight faster, more cost effectively and more reliably, providing a viable alternative to larger congested rail hubs like Chicago.

Elected officials and transportation leaders from Illinois and Missouri gathered with representatives from Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA), Bi-State Development/St. Louis Regional Freightway, Bank of America St. Louis and Walsh Construction for the celebration, which was attended by approximately 150 invited guests. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Amit Bose were unable to attend but sent their congratulations in the form of a video message shared during the official program.

“By renovating the Merchants Bridge, the Terminal Railroad Association has brought it into the 21st century so it can remain a significant part of our freight network,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). “The newly reconstructed bridge will move freight faster, reduce delays for motorist and emergency vehicles, and provide reliability for Amtrak passengers. I’ll keep working to bring federal dollars back home to Illinois to support more infrastructure projects.”  

“The improvements made to the Merchants Bridge will further strengthen the St. Louis region’s critical role in moving goods around the country,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). “Missouri’s location is one of our greatest economic advantages. The Mississippi River Valley is the biggest piece of contiguous farmland in the world and our state is where the nation’s major waterways, highways, and railways come together. I was proud to advocate for the investment necessary to improve this historic bridge and double its freight capacity. I congratulate all of the local leaders and stakeholders who were instrumental in getting this project done and look forward to seeing its positive impact on the region for decades to come.”

“Merchant’s Bridge is a vital link for freight and passenger rail in St. Louis and Illinois and beyond, and this reopening is a shining example of how the private sector, States, and the federal government can work together to deliver impactful projects,” said FRA Administrator Amit Bose. “FRA will support many more projects like the Merchant’s Bridge, and thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re going to keep investing in faster, safer, and more accessible rail infrastructure.”

Freight infrastructure needs and supply chain challenges have been top of mind in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but TRRA’s work to deliver this project began long before the pandemic disrupted global supply chains in ways never before seen.

“In our 133-year history, TRRA had never previously built a bridge, but we were looking to the future and the growth in freight volumes expected in the next 30 years and knew that replacing the Merchants Bridge and adding the needed capacity would be essential for us to capture some of that increased volume and solidify the region’s positioning as global freight hub,” said Asim Raza, Chief Legal Officer, Director of Corporate Affairs for Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis, which owns the bridge. “Our collaboration with the St. Louis Regional Freightway to position this project as the region’s #1 infrastructure project priority helped garner the national attention needed to secure federal funding, and today’s celebration is a signature moment to highlight the success of the bi-state, bi-partisan, public-private partnership that made this project possible.”

The Merchants Bridge required reconstruction due to speed, clearance and load restrictions. Not replacing the Merchants Bridge would have resulted in rail traffic being rerouted out of the bi-state St. Louis region, potentially limiting shipping options for area rail-reliant businesses, increasing costs and lost jobs, and adding stress to an already over-burdened U.S. supply chain network.

“Illinois is the transportation hub of North America, with the Metro East at the center of a robust multimodal network that’s crucial to the country’s mobility, supply chain and freight activity,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Under Gov. Pritzker, we have been reinvesting in this critical asset in Illinois, creating and retaining jobs while keeping the state and the region competitive in the global marketplace. The new Merchants Bridge not only fixes an existing problem, but sets the stage for continued economic opportunity in the Metro East for generations to come.”

“Rebuilding this bridge was a must for Missouri and the nation. With Missouri’s central location and St Louis’ status as one of the nation’s largest rail terminals by interchange and volume, Americans depend upon this connection,” said Jerica Holtsclaw, Director of Multimodal Operations for the Missouri Department of Transportation. “This crucial crossing is vital to Missouri farmers and businesses providing access to markets and connecting them to the global economy.”

The added capacity of the new bridge will help reduce the frequency of mile-long blockages along the St. Louis Riverfront and address one of the chokepoints in the nation’s supply chain network, positioning the St. Louis region to accommodate growing freight demands.

“Replacement of the 132-year-old Merchants Bridge was essential to strengthen our region as a world-class freight hub benefitting all modes of transportation, and to improve the nation’s freight network and support future competitiveness and growth. We salute TRRA and the various partners who helped to deliver the region’s highest priority freight infrastructure project and believe this project demonstrates just how much we can accomplish as a region when we work together,” said Mary Lamie, Executive Vice President – Multi Modal Enterprises at Bi-State Development. Bi-State Development launched the St. Louis Regional Freightway in 2014 with a key goal of advancing infrastructure projects that support the movement of freight through the bi-state St. Louis region.

The Merchants Bridge also serves Amtrak and is a main component of the Chicago to St. Louis high-speed rail corridor. The ability to utilize both the eastbound and westbound tracks at the same time upon completion will be an advantage during delays on the route, helping to increase average Amtrak speeds through the downtown St. Louis portion of the trip. Prior to the reconstruction, only one train could cross the bridge at a time due to weight restrictions. 

“Our railways serve as a key connector between St. Louis and other regions for travel and commerce,” said St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “I am glad to see this modernized project finally come to completion so we can welcome more visitors into St. Louis.”

“Today, we celebrate the public-private partnership that has delivered this magnificent new bridge. It is a structure built to meet projected future freight and passenger rail demand. It is critical for continued economic growth in our region,” said Tyrone Echols, Mayor of the City of Venice, Illinois.

The overall project included the removal and replacement of the three river-span trusses, seismically retrofitting the existing river piers, and improving the east approach. As a design-bid-build project, led by General Contractor Walsh Construction, reconstruction of the bridge used innovative project delivery methods that have improved safety and speeded completion while limiting bridge and river traffic outages. Through careful planning and coordination, the project team was able to limit the number of days of rail outages to just 30 days over the four years of the project. TranSystems and Burns & McDonnell served as the lead project engineers, while the steel was fabricated by Veritas Steel in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

“Walsh Construction is proud to work with TRRA and our project partners to unveil the latest renewal of American infrastructure – Merchants Bridge; a revived, high-quality and sustainable connection that is ready to accept freight and commuter rail traffic simultaneously,” said Matt Walsh, co-chairman at The Walsh Group. “The men and women of this project have delivered an engineering marvel; from retrofitting the existing piers to installing three nine-million pound trusses, all while adhering to the highest standards of safety and quality.”

In 2020, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) awarded TRRA a $21.45 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant toward replacement of the Merchants Bridge. TRRA is providing 90% of the construction costs, making this project a model for public-private partnerships. The construction financing was secured through Bank of America.

“Throughout our 175-year history in St. Louis, Bank of America has been honored to play a role in so many initiatives critical to the success of St. Louis. The new Merchants Bridge is another example which showcases the success that results from collaboration among so many entities,” said Marilyn Bush, President, Bank of America St. Louis. “We’re excited to see the positive impact this will have on St. Louis and the supply chain needs across the country.”

TRRA President Brent Wood highlighted the importance of the Merchants Bridge to the regional and national supply chains and shared insight on the regional economic impact of the project to replace it.

“This project supported 1,100 construction-related prevailing wage jobs as the work progressed over the past four years to deliver a new structure with increased national rail and multi-modal capacity, resilience and redundancy, and the economic benefits of this new bridge will be both immediate and long lasting,” said Wood. “Just as important, we estimate TRRA’s economic impact in the region will almost double, as we generate more than $456 million in local economic activity over a 20-year period.”

TRRA further anticipates the region will see more than $370 million in operational savings from reductions in delays, rerouting and operations and maintenance. Even as TRRA celebrates the conclusion of its first major infrastructure project, the organization is already working on an additional expansion of its operations in the bi-state St. Louis region. The planned $52 million St. Louis Multi-Modal Freight Yard Expansion at Madison Yard (IL) will expand railcar capacity by approximately 1,500 cars, further strengthening the region’s rail freight and supply chain networks.

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Input Costs in August Decline Overall But With Wide Variation

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Job Totals Rise In 31 States

Submitted by the AGC.

Contractors’ input costs declined again on balance in August, while bid prices rose, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data posted on Wednesday. Specifically, the producer price index (PPI) for material and service inputs to new nonresidential construction slid 1.1% for the month, while the PPI for new nonresidential building construction—a measure of the price that contractors say they would bid to build a fixed set of buildings—rose 0.3%. The bid-price index rose 23.9% year-over-year (y/y), while the input index climbed 13.0%. Despite the recent decline in some input prices, the y/y gain still exceeds the increase that consumers or most businesses have experienced: the consumer price index rose 8.3% y/y and the PPI for final demand (all industries) climbed 8.7%. Furthermore, input costs varied greatly. Major declines occurred last month in the PPIs for diesel fuel, -13.4%; steel mill products, -5.7%; aluminum mill shapes, -3.9%; and lumber and plywood, -2.9%. The fuel price drop contributed to a 1.9% fall in the PPI for truck transportation of freight. Prices increased notably for gypsum building materials such as wallboard, which jumped 3.3% for the month; construction machinery and equipment, 2.6%; flat glass, 2.4%; copper and brass mill shapes, 2.0%; ready-mixed concrete, 1.6%; and asphalt paving mixtures and blocks, 1.0%. Among services, the price index for equipment rental and leasing climbed 3.7%. AGC posted tables of construction PPIs. Readers are invited to send cost and supply-chain information to ken.simonson@agc.org.

Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose from July to August in 31 states, declined in 16 states and the District of Columbia, and was flat in Maine, Maryland, and Nevada, according to AGC’s analysis of data BLS posted on Friday. Arizona added the most construction jobs over the month (5,300, 2.9%), followed by Illinois (3,500, 1.5%) and Georgia (3,300, 1.6%). Arizona had the largest percentage gain, followed by Kentucky (2.4%, 1,900 jobs) and Utah (2.0%, 2,600). Minnesota lost the most jobs in August (-1,900, -1.4%), followed by California (-1,700, -0.2%) and Missouri (-1,400, -1.0%). Wyoming had the largest percentage loss (-3.2%, -700 jobs), followed by Mississippi (-2.7%, -1,300) and Montana (-1.5%, -500). The August total topped the February 2020 level in 33 states, lagged in 15 states and D.C, and was flat in Iowa and North Dakota. (February 2020 was the month in which employment peaked nationally before plunging during widespread shutdowns in March and April 2020.) Utah added the most jobs over 30 months (19,000, 17%), followed by Tennessee (16,900, 13%) and Florida (16,400, 2.8%). The top percentage gains were in Utah, South Dakota (15%, 3,500 jobs), Idaho (13%, 7,100 jobs), and Tennessee. New York lost the most construction jobs since February 2020 (-37,000, -9.0%), followed by Pennsylvania (-11,600, -4.3%) and Louisiana (-7,600, -5.5%). New York had the largest percentage shortfall, followed by Wyoming (-6.5%, -1,500 jobs) and Louisiana. For the month, 31 states added construction jobs, (For D.C., Delaware, and Hawaii, which have few mining or logging jobs, BLS posts combined totals with construction. AGC treats the totals as construction only.)

The value of construction starts in current dollars (i.e., not inflation-adjusted) edged up 0.4% y/y in August, not seasonally adjusted, data firm ConstructConnect reported on Friday. Nonresidential building starts slid 7.2% y/y, with institutional starts up 13%, commercial starts down 27%, and industrial (manufacturing) starts down 6.5%. Heavy engineering (civil) starts soared 38% y/y, with roads up 23%, water/sewage up 39%, bridges up 155%, dams/marine up 88%, power infrastructure up 2%, and airports up 5.5%. Residential starts declined 9.3% y/y, with single-family down 13% and apartments down 2.2%. ConstructConnect’s Expansion Index, a measure of the y/y change in the total dollar value of multifamily, nonresidential building, and engineering construction projects in planning, increased for the U.S. as a whole in September for the fifth consecutive month. The index signaled expansion for 46 states and D.C., contraction in Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Washington, and little change in Arizona.

Record tax collections “are allowing states to return some surplus revenues back to citizens, contemplate further tax cuts, and …providing additional funding to transportation projects as most recently seen in Florida and North Carolina,” investment research firm Thompson Research Group posted on September 7. Fiscal year 2023 (FY23) “revenue forecasts are less optimistic than in previous years with several states estimating a decline in revenues, e.g., [California, Florida, and Virginia,] citing growing risk of recession. Texas, however, has just boosted its biennial revenue estimates by 10% given record oil and natural gas tax collections. Should FY23 revenue collections decline at a low to mid-single digit rate, states will be far ahead of pre-pandemic collections, allowing states to transfer additional funding to transportation projects. [California’s] DOT budget is up 13.2% in FY23. Specific construction-heavy line items Capital Projects, Local Assistance and Maintenance are up 15.4% y/y to $14.2B” (billion). Florida’s “FY23 budget includes $13.5B for DOT, up 7.7%.” [Texas] anticipates the transfer of $3.6B to the DOT via Prop 1 in FY23,” up 157% from FY22.

In “The Impacts of Covid-19 Illnesses on Workers,” a working paper posted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Gopi Shah Goda (Stanford University) and Evan Soltas (MIT) “estimate that workers with week-long Covid-19 work absences are 7 percentage points less likely to be in the labor force one year later compared to otherwise similar workers who do not miss a week of work for health reasons. Our estimates suggest Covid-19 illnesses have reduced the U.S. labor force by approximately 500,000 people (0.2 percent of adults).” Surveys analyzed in 2021 and early 2022 by CPWR showed construction workers were much less likely to have been vaccinated than other workers. The working paper’s findings thus imply that construction is more likely to have persistent job losses from the pandemic than other sectors.

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SLC3 Adds Finance & Administrative Associate

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Amber Spence has joined the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLC3) as Finance and Administrative Associate at their headquarters in Ballwin, MO. Amber will support financial needs and provide administrative support for the Council. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Liberal Arts from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. She has over ten years’ experience in customer service and administrative support. Amber has three years of financial experience.

The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLC3) (501c3) is the Greater St. Louis Region’s AllInclusive AEC Community for Innovation, Continuing Education, Equity Empowerment and Collaboration. The “community” is a member association governed by local area owners or buyers of design and construction services such as Bayer, Boeing, Ameren and Washington University. The SLC3 is one of 34 local user’s council (LUC) in the U.S. St. Louis holds the title of the largest LUC and was the second to be formed. The full membership also includes designers, contractors, trades, associations, and business support companies and individuals. SLC3 was founded in 1971 as a voice for consumers of construction within the industry to address the challenges of the time such as labor agreements, best practices in design/construction, and diversity and inclusion.

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Midas Completing $47 Million Residence Inn by Marriott

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12-Story, 170-Room Extended Stay Hotel Slated for Q4 2022

    Midas Construction continues work on the $47 million ResidenceInnbyMarriott, a 12-story, 170-room upscale extended stay hotel. The project, developed by Midas Hospitality, is slated to open in late 2022.

    “While the pandemic put a lot of business traveling on hiatus, we’re confident in its resurgence and have designed the Residence Inn to meet the needs of the business traveler and families,” said Midas Hospitality Vice President Linda Eigelberger. “It will be a place to recharge and relax with spectacular views of Shaw Park and great access to upscale retail and restaurants in the Clayton business district.” 

    Located at 8125 Forsyth Boulevard, the 155,379-square-foot new hotel will feature commanding views of Shaw Park and a street-level bar with indoor and outdoor seating that connects to the park and business district; a 3,300-square-foot meeting space with outside terrace and bar; studio suites with oversized windows; fully equipped kitchens; a 1,500-square-foot fitness center and more.

    “This is an extremely tight site wedged between two of Clayton’s more prominent office buildings,”

said Midas Construction President ChrisShinkle. “Our design-assist team has been collaborating with the developer from day one to create a hotel that complements the adjacent buildings and the curvature on Forsyth Boulevard.”

    Midas is using off-site prefabrication of plumbing and electrical components to facilitate installations on the tight site.

    Joining Midas Construction on the project are design-build contractor CECOConcreteConstruction,Inc. and structural engineer SSCEngineering, both of which have partnered to develop a cast-in-place concrete structure plan. The design-build site work contractor is CastleContracting,LLC.

    On September 6, Midas broke ground on the AC Hotel in Clayton on a site that once held the police department. It will be the first hotel built within the city of Clayton in more than 20 years.

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Hager Companies Promotes Ralph J. (Johnston) Hager, III to President and C.O.O.

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Hager Companies, a leading U.S. manufacturer of commercial and residential door hardware products, is pleased to announce the promotion of Johnston Hager to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Ralph J. Hager, II retains the position of Chief Executive Officer while Rusty Hager also retains his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

In his role as Senior Vice President of residential sales, national accounts, and customer support, Johnston was instrumental in driving customer relationships and reorganizing Hager’s customer support team. Under his leadership, Hager has expanded the technical services team and developed a customer support team that has been ranked #1 in surveys conducted by two of Hager’s most prominent customers. Johnston continued to lead Hager’s efforts within our residential products category and was able to increase market share during the post-pandemic supply chain struggles. Hager Companies looks forward to his continued leadership in his new role as President and Chief Operating Officer.

“I am pleased with the direction our company is going and expect continued success with Johnston leading our team as President and Chief Operating Officer”, said C.E.O. Ralph Hager. “On behalf of the board of directors and the entire Hager team, I want to congratulate Johnston on his promotion and wish him the best in his new role. I have complete faith in his abilities to lead our team to continued top and bottom-line growth going forward.” Founded in 1849, St. Louis-based Hager Companies offers more than 6,000 full-line quality door hardware products under one brand name. With 13 product lines including access control, door controls, electrified hardware, exit devices, locks, commercial and residential hinges, two types of continuous hinges, sliding door hardware, trim, threshold and weatherstripping, and Euroline our European hardware line. Hager focuses on architectural door hardware that exceeds today’s building standards and that are built to last. For additional information, visit www.hagerco.com.

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S. M. Wilson & Co. Completes the City of Edwardsville’s New State-of-the-Art Ice Rink and Recreational Facility

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has completed the new $11.2 million R.P. Lumber Center in Edwardsville, Illinois. The state-of-the-art facility provides year-round ice skating, exercise and other recreational activities. The new facility answers the growing demand for “ice time” in the region for hockey, figure skating and recreational skate use. S. M. Wilson served as the General Contractor. Chiodini Architects was the architect. G & W Engineering Corporation was the building engineer. B32 Engineering Group was the ice rink engineer. 

The project included construction of the 64,000-square-foot facility, which features a National Hockey League regulation size ice rink with 650 seats, two community spaces for events, seven locker rooms, an elevated four-lane track and a fitness center. Located near Edwardsville High School, the recreational complex also contains a teen center that offers a variety of after-school activities including study space and safe gathering for students. 

“The overwhelming response from the community has been great,” said Edwardsville Mayor, Art Risavy. “In all the interactions I had with S. M. Wilson at the rink, I was really impressed with their demeanor and the way they went about their business. On a job like this, you have so many union contractors there at one time. To see everyone doing their job and S. M. Wilson on top of everything was pretty impressive.”

S. M. Wilson maintained the project schedule despite nationwide material supply chain delays by sequencing construction activities. A primary project challenge was the extensive soil stabilization required to support building elements. S. M. Wilson used a combination of lime and cement stabilization to increase the soil bearing capacity. 

S. M. Wilson’s primary focus was insulation to regulate temperature and increase energy efficiency. This ice rink was constructed over a concrete sub-base that contains several miles of cooling piping lines. The complex construction involves installing heating lines to prevent permafrost and slab heaving and then adding layers of sand, insulation, a vapor barrier and cooling piping positioned between reinforcing concrete slabs. 

Once the slab is completely cured, it is cooled at a very controlled rate until a temperature of 17 to 19 degrees is achieved. A very thin layer of ice is applied and then painted. The wear surface is built up over several days by freezing thin layers of water until a 1-1/4″ to 1-1/2″ thickness is achieved. A dedicated desiccant dehumidifier maintains a 35-degree dew point to keep the ice at the perfect consistency.

This process is facilitated by a complex mechanical chiller system that chills and circulates glycol from a nearby mechanical room. The chiller used on this project was made into a modular assembly and shipped from New York to Illinois for installation. An energy-saving feature on this rink is a dedicated ice melt pit, which melts shavings from the rink surface using the heat created from the refrigeration process. 

The new state-of-the-art facility is the third and final phase of the City of Edwardsville’s “A Better Place To Play” campaign. The campaign enhanced recreation facilities in the area as requested in public feedback through a survey conducted by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. The new facility is situated next to the Madison County Trail System, providing easy access to outdoor recreation opportunities as well. 

The multi-use facility is named in honor of the facility’s major donor, Robert Plummer, and his company, R.P. Lumber, an Edwardsville-based full-service retail home center and building materials supplier. 

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com

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Clean Vehicle Credit Comes with Caveats

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Submitted by Schmersahl Treloar & Co

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) includes a wide range of tax incentives aimed at combating the dire effects of climate change. One of the provisions receiving considerable attention from consumers is the expansion of the Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit (IRC Section 30D), now known as the Clean Vehicle Credit.

While the expanded credit seems promising, questions have arisen about just how immediate its impact will be. Here’s what you need to know about the credit if you’re thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle (EV).

The credit in a nutshell
The Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit has been around since 2008. For passenger vehicles and light trucks acquired after December 31, 2009, the credit starts at $2,500. Vehicles with battery capacities rated at five kilowatt hours qualify for an additional $417, plus an additional $417 for each kilowatt hour of capacity exceeding five kilowatt hours. The credit’s maximum amount is $7,500.

The credit amount begins to phase out for a manufacturer’s vehicle when at least 200,000 qualifying vehicles have been sold for use in the United States (for sales after December 31, 2009). As a result of this limitation, vehicles, including those manufactured by Tesla and General Motors, no longer qualify for the credit.

The IRA extends the newly named Clean Vehicle Credit through December 31, 2032. It also makes several significant changes to the credit, most of which will phase in over time. For example, the credit now applies to any “clean” vehicle, so a hydrogen fuel cell car or a plug-in hybrid could qualify. It also eliminates the manufacturer production cap after 2022.

The IRA leaves intact the $7,500 max credit amount but bifurcates it. You can earn a $3,750 credit if the qualifying vehicle meets a critical minerals requirement and another $3,750 credit if the vehicle meets a new battery component requirement (see “Potential hurdles” below).

The credit now includes income limitations, too. It’s not available to:
• Single filers with modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) over $150,000,
• Married couples filing jointly with MAGI over $300,000, or
• Heads of household with MAGI over $225,000.

The credit is also limited by the price of the vehicle. Vans, pickup trucks and SUVs with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRPs) of more than $80,000 don’t qualify. Other cars must have MSRPs no higher than $55,000.
One critical change took effect immediately after President Biden signed the bill into law: the so-called “final assembly” requirement. It limits the credit to vehicles for which final assembly occurred in North America. Final assembly generally refers to the production of an EV at the location from which it’s delivered to a seller with all of the necessary component parts included. The requirement is designed to encourage domestic production.

The IRS has established a two-step process to check whether a specific vehicle satisfies the final assembly requirement. First, check the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center’s list of 2022 and 2023 EVs that likely meet the requirement (https://bit.ly/3An4yYz). Be aware that because some models are assembled in multiple locations, some of the listed vehicles might not meet the requirement.

Then, to confirm that a specific vehicle’s final assembly occurred in North America, enter its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s VIN decoder tool (https://bit.ly/3dOLUkF). By scrolling to the bottom of the result page, you’ll see the vehicle’s “Plant Information,” which includes the country where the plant is located.

For now, taxpayers who purchase qualifying EVs will continue to claim a credit on their annual tax returns. The IRA, however, provides an alternative — and much more taxpayer-friendly — option beginning in 2024. At that point, EV purchasers can transfer their credit to dealers at the point of sale, rather than waiting to claim it on their annual tax returns. The credit will directly and immediately reduce the purchase price.

Potential hurdles
The IRA imposes “applicable percentage” requirements for critical minerals and battery components. At least 40% of critical minerals must be 1) processed or extracted from the United States or a country with which the United States has a free trade agreement, or 2) recycled in North America. At least 50% of battery components must be manufactured or assembled in North America.

The initial percentages will take effect after the IRS issues proposed guidance, which the IRA mandates occur before December 31, 2022. The percentages then ramp up over time, peaking at 80% of critical minerals after 2026 and 100% of battery components after 2028.

And the credit isn’t available for vehicles with critical minerals or battery components from a “foreign entity of concern,” including China and Russia. The critical mineral exclusion takes effect for vehicles placed in service after 2024. The battery component exclusion is effective for vehicles placed in service after 2023.

These rules have raised concerns among the automotive industry, particularly as a substantial amount of the supply chain for minerals and battery components is located in China.

Transitional relief for purchasers
What if you signed a contract on an EV before August 16, 2022, when the IRA was enacted, but haven’t yet received the vehicle? The IRS has stated that the changes in the law won’t affect your tax credit. You can claim it under the rules in effect when you signed the purchase contract.

Unfortunately, that means the manufacturer cap will still apply. If you purchase a vehicle from a manufacturer that hit the 200,000 vehicle threshold more than a year prior, you don’t qualify for the EV credit. On the other hand, the final assembly requirement won’t apply.

If you purchase and take possession of a qualifying EV after the law was signed (August 16, 2022) but before January 1, 2023, the only difference to the prior rules is the applicability of the final assembly requirement. That means the manufacturer cap also would apply to your purchase. So, if you’re interested in a model that’s disqualified under the cap, it might pay off to wait until 2023 if the vehicle meets the requirements then.

New credits for used and commercial vehicles
The IRA also creates tax credits for used EVs (Sec. 25E) and commercial EVs (Sec. 45W), both starting in 2023. The IRS has indicated it will release more information on these credits in the coming months.

According to the IRA, the Sec. 25E credit is worth the lesser of $4,000 or 30% of a qualified vehicle’s sale price. The sale price can’t exceed $25,000. The credit is available only for EVs with model years at least two years earlier than the year of purchase. No credit is available if the lesser of the taxpayer’s MAGI for the year of purchase or the preceding year exceeds:
• $75,000 for single filers,
• $150,000 for married couples filing jointly, or
• $112,500 for heads of household.

The credit for commercial EVs is the lesser of 1) 15% of the vehicle’s basis (30% for vehicles not powered by a gas or diesel engine) or 2) the incremental cost of the vehicle over the cost of a comparable gas- or diesel-powered vehicle. The maximum credit per vehicle is $7,500 for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight under 14,000 pounds and $40,000 for heavier vehicles.

Only the beginning
The IRS and Treasury Department have promised to issue additional guidance about the various new and existing EV-related tax credits in the coming weeks and months. We’ll keep you up to date on new developments.

Call 314-966-2727 with any questions. https://www.stcpa.com/

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Hager Companies Promotes Ralph J. (Johnston) Hager, III to President and C.O.O.

Ralph J. Hager, III

Hager Companies, a leading U.S. manufacturer of commercial and residential door hardware products, is pleased to announce the promotion of Johnston Hager to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Ralph J. Hager, II retains the position of Chief Executive Officer while Rusty Hager also retains his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

In his role as Senior Vice President of residential sales, national accounts, and customer support, Johnston was instrumental in driving customer relationships and reorganizing Hager’s customer support team. Under his leadership, Hager has expanded the technical services team and developed a customer support team that has been ranked #1 in surveys conducted by two of Hager’s most prominent customers. Johnston continued to lead Hager’s efforts within our residential products category and was able to increase market share during the post-pandemic supply chain struggles. Hager Companies looks forward to his continued leadership in his new role as President and Chief Operating Officer.

“I am pleased with the direction our company is going and expect continued success with Johnston leading our team as President and Chief Operating Officer”, said C.E.O. Ralph Hager. “On behalf of the board of directors and the entire Hager team, I want to congratulate Johnston on his promotion and wish him the best in his new role. I have complete faith in his abilities to lead our team to continued top and bottom-line growth going forward.”

Founded in 1849, St. Louis-based Hager Companies offers more than 6,000 full-line quality door hardware products under one brand name. With 13 product lines including access control, door controls, electrified hardware, exit devices, locks, commercial and residential hinges, two types of continuous hinges, sliding door hardware, trim, threshold and weatherstripping, and Euroline our European hardware line. Hager focuses on architectural door hardware that exceeds today’s building standards and that are built to last. For additional information, visit www.hagerco.com.

Lucien Lagrange Joining Clayco Subsidiary Lamar Johnson Collaborative

Clayco, a national full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build, and construction firm, and its subsidiary Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC) are pleased to welcome distinguished Architect Lucien Lagrange and members of his team joining the Lamar Johnson Collaborative effective September 1, 2022.

Lucien Lagrange will join Lamar Johnson Collaborative as a principal and will act in the role of senior design consultant. Additionally, My-Nga Lam, Victor Krasnopolsky and Alfredo Marr will also join as principals. Together, this team will provide leadership to the residential and hospitality studios at Lamar Johnson Collaborative. With the addition of this new team, Lamar Johnson Collaborative will have a staff of over 250 and offices in Chicago, St Louis, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Kansas City and Atlanta.

“This is truly an enormous milestone for our firm,” Lamar Johnson, FAIA said. “Lucien is an icon in architecture with an incredible legacy of outstanding design. I look forward to learning from Lucien and to further establishing our capabilities for the benefit of our clients.”

Lucien Lagrange’s national body of work and industry reputation will strengthen LJC’s position and forge new opportunities. 

“Over the course of his career since Lucien Lagrange went on his own, he has completed some of the most noteworthy and exclusive projects and properties in Chicago,” said Clayco Executive Chairman and Founder Bob Clark. “This includes the Park Hyatt on Michigan Avenue, the Waldorf and nine out of the top 20 most expensive high rise residential properties. He will add depth and breadth to our offerings. With him comes an amazing team that I am really looking forward to working with.”

Architecture is a part of who Lagrange is and something he has had the privilege of practicing for nearly 40 years.

“I am delighted to be teaming up with an extraordinary organization like LJC and Clayco.” Lucien Lagrange said. “This is the next step to elevate the elegance, quality and excellence of our architecture even further and an opportunity to build together into the future from our legacy of outstanding design.”

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering, and construction firm that safely and sustainably delivers the highest quality solutions to clients across North America on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. With $4.9 billion in revenue for 2021, Clayco specializes in the “art and science of building,” providing fast track, efficient solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential-related building projects. For more information, visit www.claycorp.com.

LJC is a full-service design and architecture firm committed to enhancing the quality of the human experience and to improving how design and architecture can impact each individual’s emotional being. By harnessing the power of integrated design, including architecture, workplace strategy, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering, the company achieves its clients’ goals and aspirations. For more information, please visit www.theljc.com.

For over 50 years, Lucien Lagrange has designed iconic architecture and interiors in Chicago and around the world. In 1985, Lucien began his own practice, at Lucien Lagrange Studio LLC, which grew to include Managing Principal Alfredo Marr, and Design Principals My-Nga Lam and Victor Krasnopolsky, sharing ideals regarding quality design, hands-on work ethic, collaboration, and trust. Lucien Lagrange Studio LLC will complete certain pending projects and assign certain select projects to LJC with client consent. For more information, visit https://lucienlagrange.com/about.

September 9, 2022

S. M. Wilson Hires Administrative Manager and Client Development Manager

Joyce Glass
Taylor Tisoncik

S. M. Wilson, a St. Louis-based construction manager and general contracting firm, has hired Joyce Glass as Administrative Manager and Taylor Tisoncik as Client Development Manager.

As an ambassador for S. M. Wilson, Glass provides administrative expertise and support firm-wide in her role as Administrative Manager. She is responsible for ensuring smooth day-to-day operations and adequate flow of information across the company’s support departments. Glass brings more than 20 years of experience to S. M. Wilson. She has an extensive background in strategic human resources management, staff development, recruiting, employee relations, procedure creation and legal compliance.

As a Client Development Manager, Tisoncik assists in evaluating business opportunities, acquiring new clients, maintaining existing relationships and promoting S. M. Wilson in identified markets as well as the local community. Tisoncik brings six years of experience in marketing and sales. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Lewis University.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Josh Skeeters joins Wiegmann Associates as Mechanical Revit Designer

Josh Skeeters

Josh Skeeters of St. Peters, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a Mechanical Revit Designer. He is responsible for building information modeling (BIM), creating and managing project data as well as assisting engineers in the design process. Skeeters started as an intern with Wiegmann Associates. He holds an associate’s degree in Building Systems Engineering Technology from Ranken Technical College. 

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries, including senior living, food and beverage distribution, warehouse, healthcare, commercial and industrial. Wiegmann also provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and service in the St. Louis region. Wiegmann is ranked among the top 50 specialty contractors in the Midwest by Engineering News-Record and the largest mechanical contractors by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

September 2, 2022

S. M. Wilson & Co. promotes Chris Watkins to Project Superintendent

Chris Watkins

S. M. Wilson & Co., a St. Louis-based construction manager and contracting firm, has promoted Chris Watkins to Project Superintendent. Watkins is responsible for coordinating all job site activities and ensuring project success by making sure that all employees and contractors adhere to the schedule, quality expectations, work safely and follow environment regulations. Watkins is currently assigned to remodel projects for long-time client, Target.

Throughout the past four years, Watkins has held positions with S. M. Wilson as Assistant Superintendent and Field Engineer. He previously was an intern through S. M. Wilson’s Field Engineer Intern Program. Watkins is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Construction Management.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Christopher McDonald Joins Tarlton Accounting and Finance Team

Christopher McDonald

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Christopher McDonald as an accountant on its accounting and finance team.

In this new position, McDonald assists Tarlton Controller Holly Kinney in the firm’s ongoing financial responsibilities including processing payroll; benefits and tax reporting; updating licensing; and establishing new vendors. He also is an active member on Tarlton’s Social and Wellness Committees.

McDonald brings to Tarlton over a decade of work experience, including serving in multi-faceted positions at Enterprise Holdings, Nestle Purina PetCare, Save A Lot and Cushman & Wakefield.

“Chris is a great addition to the Tarlton accounting and finance department,” said Anthony Eftimoff, vice president of finance. “His outgoing personality and enthusiasm for his work has forged positive relationships with members of multiple departments within the company.”

McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a master’s degree in accountancy from Fontbonne University.

Having celebrated its 75th year in business in 2021, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that provides outstanding preconstruction and construction solutions to clients in the commercial, institutional, government and nonprofit, industrial and power and energy markets. The Midwest general contractor/construction manager also has special expertise in concrete construction, restoration and maintenance. Tarlton has completed many landmark St. Louis projects and is committed to improving lives through inclusive construction, civic engagement, and service to others.

August 26, 2022

Terracon Names John Norwood National Manager for Materials Technology and Innovation

John Norwood

Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has named John Norwood, P.E., CSSGB, national manager for materials technology and innovation. Norwood is responsible for partnering with Terracon’s operations and service line leaders to explore future technology needs and drive technology adoptions.

“I’m passionate about connecting people with technology in ways that make our jobs better,” Norwood said. “I’m excited to be at Terracon and looking forward to doing great things with technology and business systems to continually improve our client experience.”

John has more than 14 years of experience managing engineering and construction management projects, including developing materials-focused cost control methods, streamlining project initiation and quality audit processes, and implementing companywide systems surrounding field and lab reporting. John earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is Six Sigma certified. He is based in Terracon’s Raleigh office.

Terracon is an employee-owned multidiscipline consulting firm comprised of more than 5,500 curious minds focused on solving engineering and technical challenges from more than 175 locations nationwide. Explore with us by visiting terracon.com.

Mindy Schmidt Joins Wiegmann Associates as Administrative Assistant

Mindy Schmidt

Mindy Schmidt of St. Charles, Missouri has joined Wiegmann Associates as an Administrative Assistant to the mechanical contractor’s Project Management department. Schmidt is responsible for supporting the project management team for all new HVAC construction projects.

Schmidt brings 25 years of experience as an administrative assistant and in project management. She also has experience as a Youth Services Paraprofessional providing outreach services and streamlining outreach programming for at-risk youth at the St. Charles City-County Library. Schmidt also presented at Missouri Library Association conferences and the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Young Adult Services Symposium.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries, including senior living, food and beverage distribution, warehouse, healthcare, commercial and industrial. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Holland Construction Services Adds Three Additional Employees to Its Growing Team

Holland Construction President, Mike Marchal

Holland Construction Services has announced the addition of three new employees to its growing team. The new employees include Kent Richardson as Senior Virtual Design and Construction Engineer, Ashleigh Loehring as Project Administrator and Garrison West as Project Manager.

“2022 has been an outstanding year of growth for Holland Construction Services despite all of the challenges we’ve seen in the construction industry,” said Holland’s President Mike Marchal. “We have seen record growth and revenue this year and have been fortunate to attract top-level talent to join our team despite the labor shortages we know are happening in the construction industry. We are excited to continue to grow and work on more projects within the St. Louis Metro Area.”

“It has been wonderful to see how Holland has grown in the last few months by attracting high-caliber people to our team,” said Holland’s Human Resources Director Stacey Martin. “We have added 25 new team members since January and will add another 15 over the next few months in a variety of roles.”

To accommodate the growth, Holland is currently working to complete construction on its new St. Louis office which will open later this summer. The company currently has 17 active projects in the St. Louis Metro Area ranging from $1 million to over $70 million, with 10 of those projects valued at more than $20 million. 

About Holland

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible construction experience on every project. Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986. Holland is led by President Mike Marchal and founder and CEO Bruce Holland.

Holland offers pre-construction, construction, and virtual design & construction services to commercial, education, healthcare, industrial, multi-family, municipal, recreation, and senior living clients. The St. Louis Business Journal ranks Holland as a “Best Places to Work” and one of the top 15 contractors in the St. Louis area by volume. For more information, visit Holland’s website atwww.hollandcs.com.

Winco Window Company President Bill Krenn to Retire, Gantt Miller III Returns to Lead Transition

For the third time in the history of WINCO Window Company, Gantt Miller III, AIA is returning to manage the leadership transition as current president Bill Krenn retires.   The company is experiencing explosive growth, and Miller will return to head the company until a new president can be selected, either internally or externally.  Krenn will continue to preside over the company’s corporate governance until his permanent replacement is found.   Miller has been serving as CEO for the past 40 years, as well as managing his own development and management businesses.

Krenn became president of WINCO in 2017 and has been with the St. Louis-based company since 1996.  Krenn has served in various capacities, including director of human resources, treasurer, vice president, and chief financial officer.  

Miller became president of Winco in 1980 when his wife’s father, son of WINCO’s founder Otto Kubatzky, passed away suddenly. Like the company’s founder, Miller is an architect, builder, and developer. Under Miller’s leadership, WINCO grew to become a full-service aluminum window manufacturer, and now produces a wide array of window products including historic replication, sound, thermal, wind protection, blast, and FEBR (forced entry and ballistic resistant) products.   Among many initiatives, Miller plans to focus on expanding WINCO’s growing line of high-performance, dynamic energy-efficient products to help meet the demand for window systems that can modernize the country’s current building stock effectively and at a reasonable cost. 

WINCO currently has a strong senior management team, including his son Woody Miller, who manages operations in St. Louis. Other fourth-generation family members also hold senior positions within the company, including Brad Barnes and Elise Macchi.

For the first time in its 100 -plus year history, WINCO is turning away business, due to staffing shortages. Like many US companies, WINCO is seeking to fill a growing list of management positions. It’s been all hands on deck throughout the pandemic and beyond,” says Miller.  “Our California representative and son, Gantt IV, even returned from California to work in the plant during the night shift and helped oversee some of his customer’s special projects!”  

About WINCO  At Winco, we are committed to creating custom aluminum windows for commercial applications in both new and historic buildings — and everything in between. Working with customers, we develop custom window solutions, and with most of our products engineered and tested in-house, we ensure premium performance every time. See why Winco has been a trusted leader in windows for more than 100 years. Visit us at www.wincowindow.com

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Lucien Lagrange Joining Clayco Subsidiary Lamar Johnson Collaborative

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Clayco, a national full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build, and construction firm, and its subsidiary Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC) are pleased to welcome distinguished Architect Lucien Lagrange and members of his team joining the Lamar Johnson Collaborative effective September 1, 2022.

Lucien Lagrange will join Lamar Johnson Collaborative as a principal and will act in the role of senior design consultant. Additionally, My-Nga Lam, Victor Krasnopolsky and Alfredo Marr will also join as principals. Together, this team will provide leadership to the residential and hospitality studios at Lamar Johnson Collaborative. With the addition of this new team, Lamar Johnson Collaborative will have a staff of over 250 and offices in Chicago, St Louis, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Kansas City and Atlanta.

“This is truly an enormous milestone for our firm,” Lamar Johnson, FAIA said. “Lucien is an icon in architecture with an incredible legacy of outstanding design. I look forward to learning from Lucien and to further establishing our capabilities for the benefit of our clients.”

Lucien Lagrange’s national body of work and industry reputation will strengthen LJC’s position and forge new opportunities. 

“Over the course of his career since Lucien Lagrange went on his own, he has completed some of the most noteworthy and exclusive projects and properties in Chicago,” said Clayco Executive Chairman and Founder Bob Clark. “This includes the Park Hyatt on Michigan Avenue, the Waldorf and nine out of the top 20 most expensive high rise residential properties. He will add depth and breadth to our offerings. With him comes an amazing team that I am really looking forward to working with.”

Architecture is a part of who Lagrange is and something he has had the privilege of practicing for nearly 40 years.

Photo Above: Lucien Lagrange, left, and Lamar Johnson pose at the Lamar Johnson Collaborative offices in September 2022.

“I am delighted to be teaming up with an extraordinary organization like LJC and Clayco.” Lucien Lagrange said. “This is the next step to elevate the elegance, quality and excellence of our architecture even further and an opportunity to build together into the future from our legacy of outstanding design.”

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering, and construction firm that safely and sustainably delivers the highest quality solutions to clients across North America on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. With $4.9 billion in revenue for 2021, Clayco specializes in the “art and science of building,” providing fast track, efficient solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential-related building projects. For more information, visit www.claycorp.com.

LJC is a full-service design and architecture firm committed to enhancing the quality of the human experience and to improving how design and architecture can impact each individual’s emotional being. By harnessing the power of integrated design, including architecture, workplace strategy, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering, the company achieves its clients’ goals and aspirations. For more information, please visit www.theljc.com.

For over 50 years, Lucien Lagrange has designed iconic architecture and interiors in Chicago and around the world. In 1985, Lucien began his own practice, at Lucien Lagrange Studio LLC, which grew to include Managing Principal Alfredo Marr, and Design Principals My-Nga Lam and Victor Krasnopolsky, sharing ideals regarding quality design, hands-on work ethic, collaboration, and trust. Lucien Lagrange Studio LLC will complete certain pending projects and assign certain select projects to LJC with client consent. For more information, visit https://lucienlagrange.com/about.

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