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HOK’s David Ziolkowski Among First to Earn International Lighting Certification

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David Ziolkowski CLD, IALD, MIES, LC, LEED AP BD+C, a senior project lighting designer in HOK’s St. Louis office, is among the first to earn a prestigious international certification for lighting designers. Ziolkowski earned the Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) designation, an international, evidence-based certification in architectural lighting design.  Governed by the Chicago-based Certified Lighting Design Commission, the certification recognizes the professionalism and proficiency of lead architectural lighting designers by evaluating their imaginative, technical and professional responsibility skills.  More information can be found at www.cld.global.

Ziolkowski has served HOK Lighting Group for 15 years.  Some of his lighting projects include the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Indianapolis International Airport Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal, TD Ameritrade Corporate Headquarters and Operations Center, Valentine Building Façade Lighting, Wrigley Building Façade Lighting and the City of St. Louis Central Business District (Downtown) Lighting Master Plan.

Ziolkowski volunteers annually to help Autism Speaks illuminate landmarks and structures in blue light on April 2nd for World Autism Awareness Day.  He leads HOK’s summer internship program, which consistently gives back to local non-profit organizations including ReFab STL, the Innovative Concept Academy, Urban Harvest and Annie’s Hope.  Ziolkowski earned his degree in architectural engineering from the University of Kansas.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

TRiSTAR Properties Launches Two Speculative Distribution Centers Totaling1.13 Million Square Feet

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Combined Value of Projects is $49 Million; Projected to Create 500+ New Jobs When Occupied

TRiSTAR Properties has begun development of two mega-cube speculative distribution centers initially totaling 1.13 million square feet at Gateway Commerce Center, a 2,300-acre logistics and bulk distribution park outside Edwardsville, Ill. Teaming with TRiSTAR to fund the $49 million venture is PCCP, LLC a national real estate finance and investment management company.

Based on statistical benchmarks, when leased the buildings are projected to produce a minimum of 500 new jobs said TRiSTAR President Michael Towerman.  All told, an estimated 5,500 people currently work at Gateway.

One new structure, Gateway East 618, is being built on a 53-acre site and will span 618,450 square feet with 36’ clear-height ceilings. The cross-docked facility will be 570 feet deep with 68 dock doors and two drive-in doors. The other tilt-up concrete building, Gateway East 513, will host 513,760 square feet on a 46-acre site and be topped by a 32’ clear height ceiling. Also cross-docked, the building will be 520 feet deep with 58 dock doors and two drive-in doors. Each building is sited to be expandable to more than 1,000,000 square feet.

According to Ed Lampitt, SIOR, CCIM and managing director of the St. Louis office of Cushman Wakefield, the exclusive leasing agent for the Gateway venture, the 618 building is scheduled to be available for occupancy in late summer, 2016 with the 513 building tenant-ready later in the fall.

“Gateway Commerce Center is widely acknowledged as one of the leading distribution parks in the Midwest. With 15 bulk buildings containing nearly 11 million square feet under roof, it is a development in which the St. Louis region can take great pride,” said Lampitt. “Our rationale in beginning a pair of buildings simultaneously is to cut a broad swath in the marketplace. We want to offer prospective national tenants a choice – and an excellent match – in their pursuit of highly efficient and expandable bulk space configurations.”

TRiSTAR’s St. Louis-based project team for the buildings include Contegra Construction, general contractor; Gray Design Group, architect; and Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.; civil engineer.

TRiSTAR-PCCP JV Leading STL Industrial Market Rebound

Gateway East 617 and Gateway East 513 will be the third and fourth distribution facilities jointly developed by TRiSTAR and PCCP at Gateway in the past two years.  In 2014, the duo teamed to develop a 673,137-square-foot distribution center occupied in May, 2015 by Florida-based third-party logistics provider Saddle Creek Corp. The $26 million structure was the first speculative industrial building constructed in St. Louis since 2007.

TRiSTAR and PCCP next partnered to recently complete a $36 million, 717,060-square-foot center on a 56-acre site at Gateway. According to Lampitt, while the building is not yet occupied, lease negotiations are on-going.

In addition to Saddle Creek, Gateway tenants include Dial Corp., GENCO ATCThe Hershey CompanyOzburn-Hessey LogisticsProctor & GambleSave-A-LotSchneider NationalUnileverUSF Logistics, Walgreens and Yazaki of North America.

Institutions with holdings in Gateway include Goldrich & Kest IndustriesJ.P. Morgan & Co.Multi-Employer Property Trust, Prologis Real Estate Investment Trust, UBS Realty Investors (the U.S. subsidiary of Union Bank of Switzerland) and USAA.

Do Electricians Hold the Key to America’s Future?

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Another study points to the key role electricians can play in the economic, lifestyle, and climate future of America.

According to a study released Wednesday by The Brattle Group, the nation’s 50 million residential electric water heaters collectively represent a significant – and vastly underutilized – energy storage resource capable of leveraging substantial environmental and economic benefits.

Even in regions heavily reliant on coal and natural gas to generate electricity, the Brattle research shows that consumers have options for saving money on their electric bills and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with their water heating. Consumers can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent using their water heater as a thermal battery. Consumers can reduce their CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent using heat pump water heaters. Further, the emission reductions of water-heater storage will compound as more consumers participate and the electricity sector transitions to cleaner fuels and generation technologies.

Who stands at the center water-heater storage, more commonly called “community storage”? Electricians.

The Brattle research examined the economic and grid benefits of controlling three different types of water heaters (80-gallon electric resistance, 50-gallon electric resistance, and heat pump water heaters) for peak shaving, thermal storage, and real-time fast response to supply fluctuations. Researchers modeled these program designs using 2014 data from the PJM and MISO markets.

The Brattle researchers also modeled these programs using projected prices and energy resources in MISO in 2028 to determine the economic and environmental potential of electric water heaters to provide energy services to the grid in the future. The report NRECA-NRDC-PLMA report, “The Hidden Battery: Opportunities in Electric Water Heating,” is authored by Brattle Principals Ryan Hledik and Judy Chang, and Associate Roger Lueken. It was commissioned byNational Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) and Great River Energy (GRE).

Generation and transmission cooperative Great River Energy, based in Minnesota, has been able to store a gigawatt of energy each night by controlling the electric resistance water heaters of 65,000 end-use members.

“At Great River Energy, we believe there’s a battery hidden in basements all across our service territory,” said Gary Connett, director of member services at Great River Energy. “When the wind is blowing or the sun is shining, large capacity water heaters can be enabled to make immediate use of that energy to heat water to high temperatures. The water heaters can be shut down when renewables are scarce and wholesale costs are high.”

“Co-ops have been controlling large water heaters for decades in order to reduce demand at peak times, which also reduces members’ electric bills. A community storage program using advanced water heaters allows us to do even more: we can store energy, we can optimize the power grid by shaping demand and we can integrate more renewable resources,” said Keith Dennis, NRECA’s senior principal for end-use solutions and standards.

“Given that water heating represents more than 15 percent of household energy use, this is a great opportunity to cut energy waste and also the emissions from electricity generation,” said Robin Roy, director of building energy efficiency and clean energy strategy at the NRDC.

Nonresidential Construction Market Momentum to Continue

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Construction spending greatly exceeded expectations in the nonresidential market in 2015, and this year should see healthy growth levels as well, agree all of the members of the American Institute of Architects Consensus Forecast Panel. There continues to be significant demand for hotels, office space, manufacturing facilities and amusement and recreation spaces.

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi­annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters, is projecting that spending will increase just more than eight percent in 2016, with next year’s projection being an additional 6.7% gain. Leading the way will be double-digit growth in hotels, office space, industrial facilities, and amusement & recreational facilities.

“While rising interest rates could pose a challenge to the U.S. economy, lower energy prices, improved employment figures and an enacted federal budget for 2016 are all factoring into a very favorable outlook for the construction industry,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker. “And after several years of challenging economic circumstances the institutional project sector is finally on very solid footing.”

Market Segment Consensus Growth Forecasts          2016     2017

  • Overall nonresidential building                                         8.3%      6.7%
  • Commercial / industrial                                                      9.9%      7.5%
  • Hotels                                                                                    14.8%     7.8%
  • Office space                                                                          12.8%      8.8%
  • Industrial facilities                                                              11.9%      5.3%
  • Retail                                                                                       7.5%      5.6%
  • Institutional                                                                          6.7%      6.7%
  • Amusement / recreation                                                  11.2%       7.7%
  • Healthcare facilities                                                           6.6%       6.9%
  • Education                                                                             6.5%       6.6%
  • Religious                                                                               2.6%       4.0%
  • Public safety                                                                        1.8%       4.2%

The Consensus Construction Forecast Panel consists of economists from Dodge Data & Analytics, Wells Fargo Securities, IHS­Global Insight, Moody’s economy.com, CMD Group, Associated Builders & Contractors and FMI.

To see each of the individual forecasts, follow the link: http://info.aia.org/aiarchitect/2016/charts/jan2016/ccf_012916.html

The AIA Elevates 149 Members and Eight International Architects to the College of Fellows

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The 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 149 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Among them was Philip Durham of St. Louis. The title of “Fellow” is an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level. The 2016 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Convention in Philadelphia in May.

Out of a total AIA membership of nearly 88,000, fewer than 3,200 are distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. Durham received the honor for promoting the esthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of architecture.

The 2016 Jury of Fellows consisted of:

Diane Georgopulos, FAIA, Chair, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency; Steve Crane, FAIA, VCBO; Marleen Kay Davis, FAIA, University of Tennessee; Mary Katherine (Mary Kay) Lanzillotta, FAIA, Hartman Cox Architects; David Messersmith, FAIA, University of Texas; Karen V. Nichols, FAIA, Michael Graves & Associates, and Donald T. Yoshino, FAIA, Yoshino Architecture, PA.

Integrated Facility Services Completes $8 Million HVAC, Piping and Building Automation systems Project at Spartan Light Metal

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) in Columbia, formerly Air Masters, has completed an HVAC, process piping, and building automation systems project for the $8 million office and plant expansion at Spartan Light Metals in Mexico, Missouri.

The 68,000-square-foot expansion included a complete renovation of the existing plant offices, a new office addition and a new manufacturing area. IFS installed HVAC in all areas as well as building automation systems. They also installed process piping in a utility tunnel within the new manufacturing area, for future process equipment.

Spartan, a family-owned automotive parts supplier, currently employs 300 workers at the plant in Mexico, MO, and expects to add another 88 jobs as a result of the expansion.

Air Masters Corporation in Columbia rebranded on January 1 as Integrated Facility Services (IFS), their corporate holding company name. The rebranding is part of a corporate initiative to better align the company name with IFS’ integrated range of facility services including HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, building automation and building security systems.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service mechanical contracting and service firm providing HVAC design and installation, plumbing, commercial refrigeration, fire protection, energy conservation and building automation services.

Microgrid Energy Awarded Certificate of Merit in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge

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St. Louis-based Microgrid Energy was recognized and awarded with a Certificate of Merit by the St. Louis Green Business Challenge (GBC). The award recognizes sustainable business practices and is the GBC’s highest level of recognition. This is the second year in a row that Microgrid has been honored with the award, and the company celebrated the highest point gain in the small tenant category of the GBC Class of 2015.

As a joint program of the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the GBC supports integration of sustainability measures into the everyday operational practices common to every business. Over sixty companies, nonprofits, and governmental agencies participated in the GBC, identifying and adapting strategies to improve financial performance and engage employees in voluntary measures to reduce their environmental impact. Over 150 companies, representing 130,000 employees, have participated in the program since its inception in 2010.

“The Green Business Challenge continues to push Microgrid Energy’s green efforts to higher levels, and plays an important role in our Triple Bottom Line approach to doing business – having a positive impact on People, Planet and Prosperity,” said Microgrid Energy Director of Triple Bottom Line, Chad Schubert.

“Our Triple Bottom Line approach is a key component to our company culture, and we believe it’s one of the secrets to our success. Our employees embrace this approach fully and the enthusiasm and dedication of our Green Team is what enabled us to win this award two years in a row. It’s been a pleasure to participate in the Challenge and work with such a great team,” said VP of Business Development at Microgrid Energy, Steve O’Rourke.

The following are some of the accomplishments and innovations implemented by Microgrid in the past year:

  • Co-sponsored Maplewood’s EPA Green Power Community Challenge – the most successful in Missouri to date
  • Successfully completed B Corporation recertification, and was national “Best for the Environment” honoree
  • Completed installation of occupancy sensors throughout the office, and worked with landlord to install insulation in uninsulated wall cavities
  • Worked with office supply company to consolidate office supply purchases and deliver supplies in reusable totes
  • Held company-wide electronics drive
  • Hosted a waste-free company event
  • Established a program to enable online monitoring of print usage
  • Employees volunteered to provide mentorship to local schools in the USGBC’s Green Schools Quest program
  • Partnered with First Watch Cafe to host Bike to Work Day rest stop
  • Provide volunteer assistance to several of our nonprofit clients to clean their solar arrays and provide other support.

Microgrid Energy is a leading renewable energy and energy efficiency installer with a national reach, based in St. Louis, MO, offering turnkey services for commercial, institutional, and government clients.

Construction Leadership Council donates proceeds of Glow Ball Golf Tournament to Building Futures

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Mark Militzer, chairman of the Glow Ball Tournament, and Tony Diebold recently presented a check for $2,275 to Building Futures. Building Futures is a group of design professionals from St. Louis striving to inspire the youth of the city through design build workshops and led by Frank Lorberbaum and Gay Lorberbaum.

In October of 2015, the Construction Leadership Council’s annual Glow Ball Tournament attracted 68 golfers. “We had a fun time playing golf and raising money for this cause,” Militzer said.  “The CLC chose Building Futures as the recipients of the proceeds, because this group teaches children about construction, what skills are needed, and how to use their creative minds.”

The CLC’s check is in recognition that workforce development is a critical issue facing the industry. In addition to Militzer, the Glow Ball Golf Committee included Lee Frea, Richard Vaughan, Steve McFarlane and Brandon Leetch.

CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services Group Completes Appraisal for High Profile Clayton, MO Apartment Project

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CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services Group announced this week the completion of its appraisal assignment for a luxury mixed-use apartment and retail building located at 25 N. Central Avenue in Clayton, Missouri.

The assignment was undertaken on behalf of the construction lender, Missouri-based Central Bank of St. Louis, whose client, Opus Development, has started construction of the project. Opus has estimated the cost of the project at $41 million.

“We were happy to play a role in the financing of this luxury apartment building—one of several currently under construction in Clayton,” said Doug Zink, MAI, CCIM and a Director in CBRE’s Valuation & Advisory Services Group who headed the team appraising the project. “Quick and accurate information was provided to the lender and we look forward to seeing this important project for the city of Clayton move forward.”

Located on Clayton’s commercial strip, the six-story building will include 120 units, 13,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and two levels of below grade parking. Balke Brown Transwestern is the leasing agent for the retail space.

Electrical supply distributor Graybar bought the site in 2011 to block development of any high-rise structure that would overshadow the company’s adjacent 10-story headquarters building.

State Rep. Wants Unions to Report Anyone They Try to Recruit

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Missouri State Representative Courtney Curtis (District 73), who says he stands “98 percent behind unions,” has filed a bill to make it harder for unions to organize and to invalidate any existing project labor agreement for a future stadium.

The bill, H.B. 2170, would require unions to report to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations the name, telephone number or email address, and age of every individual that they try to recruit during the year.

The bill also would bar any executive action creating a project labor agreement “on any stadium project, the public funding of which is not submitted to a public vote.” Instead, the proposed legislation would require the local legislative approval by a board of aldermen, city council, or similar elected board of a project labor agreement. Such agreements could not require that employees covered by the agreement pay any kind of dues or fees to the unions representing them, but must require the performance of at least 20 percent of all work by apprentices.

Curtis said in a press statement that H.B. 2170 was the subject of the argument between him and Rep. Michael Butler (District 79) in late January that escalated into a physical confrontation.

Last year, Curtis filed a “right-to-work” bill in the legislature. He insists that unions continue to deny minorities equal access to construction jobs, a claim that unions deny, and that his bills would make unions stronger.

H.B. 2179 available for review here

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