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Urban Land Institute St. Louis Examines Innovative Affordable Housing Solutions

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“Making the Dollars Work” while Creating Safe, Quality & Attainable Housing

Meeting critical affordable housing needs can be enormously challenging, even in a more affordable market like St. Louis. The Urban Land Institute St. Louis (ULI STL) will host a virtual program examining how developers are approaching affordable, high quality housing solutions in ways that create a solid investment while building equity in our community.  The virtual program will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2021. Registration can be found at this link

The affordable housing program “Making the Dollars Work” will be moderated by Colleen Hafner, CDFI director, Rise Community Development and will feature panelists that include:

  • Joel Oliver, managing director & senior vice president, development Green Street St. Louis;
  • Pastor Andre Alexander, president, Tabernacle Community Development Corp. (CDC); and
  • Kaveh Razani, Kranzberg Arts Foundation and director of operations, St. Louis Art Place Initiative.

The panelists will detail where they believe affordable housing challenges and opportunities are the greatest, where the tools need adjusting or reinvention, and how they think St. Louis can rise to the challenge of providing safe, quality, attainable housing for all who need it.

With more than 250 members, ULI St. Louis unites thought leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.  Its members include real estate, design, construction, institutional, legal and accounting professionals along with civic leadership.   For more information, visit www.stlouis.uli.org.

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Julie Donovan Joins Dark Light Design as Senior Lighting Designer

Julie Donovan

Julie Donovan has joined Dark Light Design in their new St. Louis office. Donovan has more than 30 years of lighting design experience, including aviation, corporate, commercial, healthcare, science and technology, justice, and hospitality projects throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Donovan is an associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and is a LEED AP BD+C.  Her award-winning projects include the Wexner Medical Center, NISA Investment Advisors and Cannon Design St. Louis Office.

Jill Cody, Dark Light principal and founder said, “We’re excited to have Julie join our team – her experience is a great complement to Dark Light’s corporate, aviation, healthcare, and science and tech project work. We’re looking forward to enhancing the experience we offer our clients with Julie’s leadership and expertise.”

Donovan’s deep commitment to industry involvement includes service on the committee developing the ASHRAE 90.1 standard, the IALD’s Energy and Sustainability Committee, and the IESNA Committee for Recommended Practices for Lighting Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities. Donovan holds an architectural degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Webster University. 

Prior to joining Dark Light, Donovan was a senior associate at HOK. Her previous project experience includes LaGuardia Airport in New York City, New York Presbyterian Hospital’s David H. Koch Ambulatory Care, and many commercial and corporate projects across the country.

Dark Light Design, based in Seattle, was established in 2008 to provide lighting design services to the design community, institutions, and owners. https://www.darklight-design.com/press

September 10, 2021

Zig Piwowarski

Zig Piwowarski has joined BEX Construction Services as vice president. He joins BEX with more than 30 years of construction management, development services and construction craft experience on the teams of real estate companies and general contractors.

Through his work in new construction, capital improvements and tenant remodels, Piwowarski has developed strong organizational and communication skills to leverage effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented business. His skills in strategic planning, business development, client relations, estimating, service integration and project management will help sustain BEX’s rapid growth and strong client retention.

Piwowarski’s management approach is informed by his seven years as a residential and commercial carpenter and foreman. He augmented that valuable hands-on field experience with an applied science degree in computer-aided drafting from ITT Technical Institute in St. Louis. He holds OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training and is also certified in 10-Hour Asbestos Training.

SWT Design Welcomes Julian Sabin as a Designer

Julian Sabin

SWT Design is pleased to announce Julian Sabin has joined our team as a Designer for our Kansas City studio after working in Detroit for the past 4 years.  Julian has a diverse project background across multiple scales and sectors and had the opportunity to work on the Motown Museum Plaza, Hudson’s Site Redevelopment and Merit Park. Julian earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University in 2017 where he began his passion for design and creating impactful spaces.

For 26 years, SWT Design has developed a diverse and award-winning portfolio of outdoor spaces, approaching planning and design as a living, breathing thing with a passion for innovation. SWT Design has grown to become one of the largest landscape architecture firms of its kind in the Midwest. As a strong proponent of sustainable design, the firm was at the forefront of developing the Sustainable Sites Initiative, working closely alongside other founding partners and agencies to develop what has become the world’s first comprehensive rating system for the design, development, and management of sustainable landscapes around the globe. Sustainability continues to be a core principle addressed in all the firm’s projects. SWT Design is located in Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, and Louisville, KY.

For further questions, please contact Lance Klein, KC Studio Manager for SWT Design by e-mail at lancek@swtdesign.com or call 816-221-0825.

Anya Robey Earns FMP Designation; Scott Kapper Attains SFP

Two members of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis have attained professional credentials.

Anya Robey, facilities manager with Centene Corp., received her credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

Robey took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

Robey joined Centene in March 2018 as a facility coordinator and was promoted to facility manager in April 2020. She oversees construction, renovations, repairs and maintenance for the healthcare services company. Centene provides its services throughout all 50 states and around the world.

Scott Kapper, HVAC supervisor with St. Charles County, earned his Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) designation. Kapper took an extensive online course and passed assessments in three focus areas to achieve the SFP designation. These credentials focus on the knowledge, skills and tools needed to develop sustainable facility management practices.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has nearly 200 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.

September 3, 2021

Gaus Acoustics & Gaus Scott Company Welcomes Sue Noce

Sue Noce

“Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company welcomes Sue Noce, previously with The Lawrence Group, to the growing team at Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company where she will manage all administrative functions as well as assist in project management.  

Gaus Acoustics is an eight year old acoustics design/consulting and acoustics material provider firm owned and managed by Patty Gaus.  Gaus Scott Company, owned and managed by Tom Gaus, is celebrating their sixtieth year in business serving the HVAC side of the industry as an expert in noise control, vibration isolation, seismic restraints, noise barriers and air distribution products. 

Sue will play an integral role in leading both firms into the future as the importance of sound control and acoustic design in major commercial projects is being recognized by architects and engineers in a more pro-active manner in our industry.”

McCarthy Promotes Nik Corno to Project Director 

Nik Corno

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Nik Corno to Project Director within the firm’s Industrial business unit.

In this role, Corno will lead onsite construction teams on industrial and process projects throughout McCarthy’s 28-state Central Region. His current project work includes an expansion of the Nestle Purina PetCare plant in Dunkirk, New York, to increase production capacity.

Since joining McCarthy in 2015, Corno has managed a wide range of complex projects throughout the region, including assignments at Ameren Missouri, Saint Louis University and Afton Chemical.

“Nik is an experienced project manager whose technical skills and leadership talent will benefit our clients, building teams and project partners,” said Aaron Lich, Vice President and McCarthy’s Industrial business unit leader.

Corno earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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. With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Zachary Vanelli Joins Wiegmann Associates as Account Executive

Zach Vanelli

Zachary Vanelli of Ballwin, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as an Account Executive. He is responsible for communicating with customers about potential project opportunities, developing conceptual designs, performing engineering loads and calculations and generating construction proposals. 

Vanelli has previous experience as a Controls Engineer where he designed and managed projects for the Department of Defense across their entire lifecycle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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 $1 billion in innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

August 27, 2021

Adfast Corp’s Calli Lafolette Promoted

Calli Lafolette

Adfast Corp. customer service representative Calli Lafolette has been promoted to an Admobile store on wheels technical representative in St. Louis. Admobiles are stocked with a full range of sealants, adhesives, caulking, insulating foams and application accessories. Lafolette will travel to St. Louis construction jobsites, offering supplies and technical expertise.

IWR Names Joe Sharamitaro Director of Project Management

Joe Sharamitaro

Sharamitaro to oversee delegation of project management at IWR

IWR North America, one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the U.S., promotes Joe Sharamitaro to director of project management. In this role, Sharamitaro will supervise the project management team, while maintaining the departmental structure and goals of IWR. He will ensure projects are executed effectively and efficiently, aligning internal methodologies and processes with the needs of IWR’s projects. Additionally, he will also monitor the quality, safety, cost and schedule standards for all project management operations.

“Having a person like Joe in this role is essential to our long-term plans and goals at IWR,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to see how his experience and operational excellence will elevate our project management operations. Joe has been a valuable asset to IWR and that will continue to be the case in his new position.”

Prior to this new role, Sharamitaro has served as a project manager at IWR since 2015. Before joining IWR, he has also worked as a project superintendent, assistant superintendent and project engineer at a nationally recognized general contractor in the St. Louis-area for nearly a decade.

Sharamitaro is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing contractors in the nation, specializing in building enclosures since 1895. 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.

August 20, 2021

Castle Contracting Promotes Zach Kelly to Assistant Project Manager

Zachary Kelly

Castle Contracting has promoted Zach Kelly to assistant project manager from senior project engineer. In his new role, Kelly will assume more responsibility in the management of Castle projects, including overseeing and reporting on cost, production tracking, project planning and execution, as well as training implementation.

Kelly joined Castle in 2014 as an intern. He is a licensed drone pilot and has spearheaded the use of drone footage to help quantify sitework production and inform scheduling on projects such as the East End Transformation of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. He also contributed to Castle’s civil construction work on the Gateway Arch National Park, IKEA, City Foundry and numerous solar projects.

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He volunteers regularly with his alma mater, Chaminade High School, and serves on the Young Professionals Board for HomeFirst STL, a social services agency that connects homeless people with affordable housing. He and his family live in Ballwin, Mo.

“Zach always steps up when you ask for help, whether it involves travel, supporting a new office, launching a new technology or taking on additional workload,” said Michael Pranger, Castle vice president of operations. “As a result, he has gained experience in many aspects of running projects and assisting with general operations that will serve Castle well in his new role.”

 Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast. Castle’s recent civil contracting projects in St. Louis include Gateway Arch National Park, the East End transformation of Washington University’s Danforth campus, Next NGA West, and Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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Zig Piwowarski

Zig Piwowarski has joined BEX Construction Services as vice president. He joins BEX with more than 30 years of construction management, development services and construction craft experience on the teams of real estate companies and general contractors.

Through his work in new construction, capital improvements and tenant remodels, Piwowarski has developed strong organizational and communication skills to leverage effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented business. His skills in strategic planning, business development, client relations, estimating, service integration and project management will help sustain BEX’s rapid growth and strong client retention.

Piwowarski’s management approach is informed by his seven years as a residential and commercial carpenter and foreman. He augmented that valuable hands-on field experience with an applied science degree in computer-aided drafting from ITT Technical Institute in St. Louis. He holds OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training and is also certified in 10-Hour Asbestos Training.

SWT Design Welcomes Julian Sabin as a Designer

Julian Sabin

SWT Design is pleased to announce Julian Sabin has joined our team as a Designer for our Kansas City studio after working in Detroit for the past 4 years.  Julian has a diverse project background across multiple scales and sectors and had the opportunity to work on the Motown Museum Plaza, Hudson’s Site Redevelopment and Merit Park. Julian earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University in 2017 where he began his passion for design and creating impactful spaces.

For 26 years, SWT Design has developed a diverse and award-winning portfolio of outdoor spaces, approaching planning and design as a living, breathing thing with a passion for innovation. SWT Design has grown to become one of the largest landscape architecture firms of its kind in the Midwest. As a strong proponent of sustainable design, the firm was at the forefront of developing the Sustainable Sites Initiative, working closely alongside other founding partners and agencies to develop what has become the world’s first comprehensive rating system for the design, development, and management of sustainable landscapes around the globe. Sustainability continues to be a core principle addressed in all the firm’s projects. SWT Design is located in Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, and Louisville, KY.

For further questions, please contact Lance Klein, KC Studio Manager for SWT Design by e-mail at lancek@swtdesign.com or call 816-221-0825.

Anya Robey Earns FMP Designation; Scott Kapper Attains SFP

Two members of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis have attained professional credentials.

Anya Robey, facilities manager with Centene Corp., received her credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

Robey took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

Robey joined Centene in March 2018 as a facility coordinator and was promoted to facility manager in April 2020. She oversees construction, renovations, repairs and maintenance for the healthcare services company. Centene provides its services throughout all 50 states and around the world.

Scott Kapper, HVAC supervisor with St. Charles County, earned his Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) designation. Kapper took an extensive online course and passed assessments in three focus areas to achieve the SFP designation. These credentials focus on the knowledge, skills and tools needed to develop sustainable facility management practices.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has nearly 200 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.

September 3, 2021

Gaus Acoustics & Gaus Scott Company Welcomes Sue Noce

Sue Noce

“Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company welcomes Sue Noce, previously with The Lawrence Group, to the growing team at Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company where she will manage all administrative functions as well as assist in project management.  

Gaus Acoustics is an eight year old acoustics design/consulting and acoustics material provider firm owned and managed by Patty Gaus.  Gaus Scott Company, owned and managed by Tom Gaus, is celebrating their sixtieth year in business serving the HVAC side of the industry as an expert in noise control, vibration isolation, seismic restraints, noise barriers and air distribution products. 

Sue will play an integral role in leading both firms into the future as the importance of sound control and acoustic design in major commercial projects is being recognized by architects and engineers in a more pro-active manner in our industry.”

McCarthy Promotes Nik Corno to Project Director 

Nik Corno

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Nik Corno to Project Director within the firm’s Industrial business unit.

In this role, Corno will lead onsite construction teams on industrial and process projects throughout McCarthy’s 28-state Central Region. His current project work includes an expansion of the Nestle Purina PetCare plant in Dunkirk, New York, to increase production capacity.

Since joining McCarthy in 2015, Corno has managed a wide range of complex projects throughout the region, including assignments at Ameren Missouri, Saint Louis University and Afton Chemical.

“Nik is an experienced project manager whose technical skills and leadership talent will benefit our clients, building teams and project partners,” said Aaron Lich, Vice President and McCarthy’s Industrial business unit leader.

Corno earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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. With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Zachary Vanelli Joins Wiegmann Associates as Account Executive

Zach Vanelli

Zachary Vanelli of Ballwin, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as an Account Executive. He is responsible for communicating with customers about potential project opportunities, developing conceptual designs, performing engineering loads and calculations and generating construction proposals. 

Vanelli has previous experience as a Controls Engineer where he designed and managed projects for the Department of Defense across their entire lifecycle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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 $1 billion in innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

August 27, 2021

Adfast Corp’s Calli Lafolette Promoted

Calli Lafolette

Adfast Corp. customer service representative Calli Lafolette has been promoted to an Admobile store on wheels technical representative in St. Louis. Admobiles are stocked with a full range of sealants, adhesives, caulking, insulating foams and application accessories. Lafolette will travel to St. Louis construction jobsites, offering supplies and technical expertise.

IWR Names Joe Sharamitaro Director of Project Management

Joe Sharamitaro

Sharamitaro to oversee delegation of project management at IWR

IWR North America, one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the U.S., promotes Joe Sharamitaro to director of project management. In this role, Sharamitaro will supervise the project management team, while maintaining the departmental structure and goals of IWR. He will ensure projects are executed effectively and efficiently, aligning internal methodologies and processes with the needs of IWR’s projects. Additionally, he will also monitor the quality, safety, cost and schedule standards for all project management operations.

“Having a person like Joe in this role is essential to our long-term plans and goals at IWR,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to see how his experience and operational excellence will elevate our project management operations. Joe has been a valuable asset to IWR and that will continue to be the case in his new position.”

Prior to this new role, Sharamitaro has served as a project manager at IWR since 2015. Before joining IWR, he has also worked as a project superintendent, assistant superintendent and project engineer at a nationally recognized general contractor in the St. Louis-area for nearly a decade.

Sharamitaro is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing contractors in the nation, specializing in building enclosures since 1895. 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.

August 20, 2021

Castle Contracting Promotes Zach Kelly to Assistant Project Manager

Zachary Kelly

Castle Contracting has promoted Zach Kelly to assistant project manager from senior project engineer. In his new role, Kelly will assume more responsibility in the management of Castle projects, including overseeing and reporting on cost, production tracking, project planning and execution, as well as training implementation.

Kelly joined Castle in 2014 as an intern. He is a licensed drone pilot and has spearheaded the use of drone footage to help quantify sitework production and inform scheduling on projects such as the East End Transformation of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. He also contributed to Castle’s civil construction work on the Gateway Arch National Park, IKEA, City Foundry and numerous solar projects.

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He volunteers regularly with his alma mater, Chaminade High School, and serves on the Young Professionals Board for HomeFirst STL, a social services agency that connects homeless people with affordable housing. He and his family live in Ballwin, Mo.

“Zach always steps up when you ask for help, whether it involves travel, supporting a new office, launching a new technology or taking on additional workload,” said Michael Pranger, Castle vice president of operations. “As a result, he has gained experience in many aspects of running projects and assisting with general operations that will serve Castle well in his new role.”

 Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast. Castle’s recent civil contracting projects in St. Louis include Gateway Arch National Park, the East End transformation of Washington University’s Danforth campus, Next NGA West, and Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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Terracon Foundation Awards $10,000 in Grants for Hurricane Ida Relief

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The Terracon Foundation announced two $5,000 grants to food banks in Louisiana for food and supplies following Hurricane Ida’s landfall on Aug. 29. The storm left over one million people without power in what is being reported as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland.

The grants include a $5,000 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans and a $5,000 donation to Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in Baton Rouge.

“Terracon is proud to support local food banks in Louisiana serving people in the communities severely impacted by the devastating hurricane,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon chair, president, and CEO.

The Terracon Foundation strives to become a real part of the lives of Terracon employees and the communities we serve. To date, the Terracon Foundation has granted more than $3 million to community organizations, universities, dependents of employees, and for disaster relief efforts. For more information about the Terracon Foundation and other organizations it has supported, visit terracon.com/foundation.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s 2021 list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.

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Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence

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Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures is known as the premier manufacturer of custom commercial fabric and metal awnings and canopies, and fabricator of exhibit components, experiential displays, and industrial architectural elements.  Lawrence has won numerous industry outstanding achievement awards for fabricating and delivering custom solutions.  Celebrating their 80th anniversary in 2021, they are dedicated to keeping their external and internal customers satisfied while delivering our products and services in a timely manner.  For the past 80 years, their goal has been to provide a safe work environment for their employees while fostering an environment that promotes continual improvement.  They plan to continue this goal along with producing quality products and striving to meet or exceed customers’ expectations well into the future.

It all began in 1941 when Lawrence Canvas Products Company opened its doors to manufacture and sell tarpaulins as well as truck and trailer covers.  In 1984, the company grew to a full-service company I manufacturing and installing awnings and tents in addition to its primary industrial fabric products.  In 1996, the name of the company changed to Lawrence Fabric Structures to better describe the wide range of fabric products.  As metal awnings and components became a mainstay part of the business, “Metal” was added to their name, and they became Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures in January 2010. 

As of October 2015, Lawrence became an Employee-owned company.  The Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) has continued to promote a long history of success and customer satisfaction as theirvworkforce has taken increased “ownership” in what they do.

Company president, Mike Bowman stated, “Lawrence has always been an industry leader and that continues 80 years later.  We have been blessed with competent, forward thinking, people-oriented ownership throughout our history.  For the past six years, the employees at Lawrence have continued that tradition as owners themselves.  Good people build good companies, and we all now share that responsibility collectively.  Our intention, with the help of our great customers, is to continue this tradition for the next 80 years with continued growth and competencies.”

To learn more about Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc. visit our website, https://www.lawrencefabric.com/

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Electrical Connection Marks 10th Year of Saint Louis Science Center Support

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The year 2021 kicked off with an incredible scientific achievement – the Mars landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover – a moment that should inspire greater commitment to STEM education.  And now in its 10th year of supporting the Saint Louis Science Center, the Electrical Connection is recommitting to focus its support on the St. Louis institution’s STEM education programs.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

“When the Science Center lit the James S. McDonnell Planetarium red to salute the Perseverance landing, it also honored this nation’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and math,” noted Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection. “We remain committed to supporting dedicated teachers and inspired students in creative STEM programs like those of the Science Center.”

The Electrical Connection has sponsored the lighting of the Planetarium since 2013 and has provided relevant electrical industry expertise on the applications of STEM subjects, including robotics, building automation, smart infrastructure, renewable energy and electric vehicle charging stations.

            “Our long partnership with the Electrical Connection has been invaluable in advancing our mission to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning,” said Todd Bastean, president and CEO of the Science Center.

A centerpiece of that mission is the Science Center’s Youth Exploring Science (YES) program.  For more than 22 years, the YES program has fortified STEM education in underserved communities in St. Louis.  It targets high school students from underserved communities, offering learning experiences in fields such as integrated medicine, agri-science, cybersecurity, aerospace, renewable energy and even esports programming. Since the program launched, more than 1,185 teens have graduated from YES and more than 206,000 St. Louis community members have been engaged in STEM learning through YES outreach initiatives.

“The YES program mirrors our ‘earn while you learn’ hands-on training program that has defined the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center for 80 years,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “In our outreach for greater diversity in the electrical industry, YES strengthens the potential to excel in engineering and installing electrical and communications infrastructure, the very foundation of everything we teach.” Jacobs serves with Curran on the Science Center board of trustees.

Among YES notable graduates are Dajae Williams, a NASA engineer, and Isaiah Collins, who was awarded the 2020 St. Louis American Foundation Scholarship.

“There’s so much potential out there to become the next 21st century innovator,” noted Doug Martin, executive vice president, St. Louis Chapter NECA. “It will always be the Electrical Connection’s mission to help St. Louis realize that potential through our support of creative STEM programs.”

Reflecting on the current Mars mission, Curran lauded homegrown businesses that can inspire STEM achievements by supporting the Science Center’s mission, including Masterclock, based in St. Charles, Mo.  After being engaged with the Science Center by the Electrical Connection, MasterClock CEO John Clark donated a precision clock made by MasterClock and similar to one supporting NASA Mars missions, where a day is 39.6 minutes longer than on Earth.”

“Masterclock was proud to support our friends at the Science Center by providing an updated timing system and displays to keep operations and visitors in sync,” said Clark.   “Our technology powers some of the most cutting-edge work being done on (and off) the planet, and we’re proud to provide the same deployment capabilities to our local institutions as we do to the folks who make missions like the Mars rover possible.”

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visit www.electricalconnection.org.

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Gaus Acoustics & Gaus Scott Company Welcomes Sue Noce

Sue Noce

“Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company welcomes Sue Noce, previously with The Lawrence Group, to the growing team at Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company where she will manage all administrative functions as well as assist in project management.  

Gaus Acoustics is an eight year old acoustics design/consulting and acoustics material provider firm owned and managed by Patty Gaus.  Gaus Scott Company, owned and managed by Tom Gaus, is celebrating their sixtieth year in business serving the HVAC side of the industry as an expert in noise control, vibration isolation, seismic restraints, noise barriers and air distribution products. 

Sue will play an integral role in leading both firms into the future as the importance of sound control and acoustic design in major commercial projects is being recognized by architects and engineers in a more pro-active manner in our industry.”

McCarthy Promotes Nik Corno to Project Director 

Nik Corno

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Nik Corno to Project Director within the firm’s Industrial business unit.

In this role, Corno will lead onsite construction teams on industrial and process projects throughout McCarthy’s 28-state Central Region. His current project work includes an expansion of the Nestle Purina PetCare plant in Dunkirk, New York, to increase production capacity.

Since joining McCarthy in 2015, Corno has managed a wide range of complex projects throughout the region, including assignments at Ameren Missouri, Saint Louis University and Afton Chemical.

“Nik is an experienced project manager whose technical skills and leadership talent will benefit our clients, building teams and project partners,” said Aaron Lich, Vice President and McCarthy’s Industrial business unit leader.

Corno earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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. With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Zachary Vanelli Joins Wiegmann Associates as Account Executive

Zach Vanelli

Zachary Vanelli of Ballwin, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as an Account Executive. He is responsible for communicating with customers about potential project opportunities, developing conceptual designs, performing engineering loads and calculations and generating construction proposals. 

Vanelli has previous experience as a Controls Engineer where he designed and managed projects for the Department of Defense across their entire lifecycle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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 $1 billion in innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

August 27, 2021

Adfast Corp’s Calli Lafolette Promoted

Calli Lafolette

Adfast Corp. customer service representative Calli Lafolette has been promoted to an Admobile store on wheels technical representative in St. Louis. Admobiles are stocked with a full range of sealants, adhesives, caulking, insulating foams and application accessories. Lafolette will travel to St. Louis construction jobsites, offering supplies and technical expertise.

IWR Names Joe Sharamitaro Director of Project Management

Joe Sharamitaro

Sharamitaro to oversee delegation of project management at IWR

IWR North America, one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the U.S., promotes Joe Sharamitaro to director of project management. In this role, Sharamitaro will supervise the project management team, while maintaining the departmental structure and goals of IWR. He will ensure projects are executed effectively and efficiently, aligning internal methodologies and processes with the needs of IWR’s projects. Additionally, he will also monitor the quality, safety, cost and schedule standards for all project management operations.

“Having a person like Joe in this role is essential to our long-term plans and goals at IWR,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to see how his experience and operational excellence will elevate our project management operations. Joe has been a valuable asset to IWR and that will continue to be the case in his new position.”

Prior to this new role, Sharamitaro has served as a project manager at IWR since 2015. Before joining IWR, he has also worked as a project superintendent, assistant superintendent and project engineer at a nationally recognized general contractor in the St. Louis-area for nearly a decade.

Sharamitaro is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing contractors in the nation, specializing in building enclosures since 1895. 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.

August 20, 2021

Castle Contracting Promotes Zach Kelly to Assistant Project Manager

Zachary Kelly

Castle Contracting has promoted Zach Kelly to assistant project manager from senior project engineer. In his new role, Kelly will assume more responsibility in the management of Castle projects, including overseeing and reporting on cost, production tracking, project planning and execution, as well as training implementation.

Kelly joined Castle in 2014 as an intern. He is a licensed drone pilot and has spearheaded the use of drone footage to help quantify sitework production and inform scheduling on projects such as the East End Transformation of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. He also contributed to Castle’s civil construction work on the Gateway Arch National Park, IKEA, City Foundry and numerous solar projects.

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He volunteers regularly with his alma mater, Chaminade High School, and serves on the Young Professionals Board for HomeFirst STL, a social services agency that connects homeless people with affordable housing. He and his family live in Ballwin, Mo.

“Zach always steps up when you ask for help, whether it involves travel, supporting a new office, launching a new technology or taking on additional workload,” said Michael Pranger, Castle vice president of operations. “As a result, he has gained experience in many aspects of running projects and assisting with general operations that will serve Castle well in his new role.”

 Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast. Castle’s recent civil contracting projects in St. Louis include Gateway Arch National Park, the East End transformation of Washington University’s Danforth campus, Next NGA West, and Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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Byrne & Jones Construction Launches Parks Division

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St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction Inc. is expanding operations with the launch of a new Parks Division.  The division will design, engineer and install recreational spaces and amenities for state, county and municipal governments and schools. It will tap the full breadth of Byrne & Jones civil site development and improvement services. Recreational consultant Ben Brown will lead business development efforts for the division, which employs seven dedicated team members, with additional support from more than 50 specialists in other Byrne & Jones divisions. Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones is a diversified civil site contractor and one the largest paving and sports facility contractors in St. Louis with a concrete, asphalt, sports, microsurfacing, soil stabilization and now a parks division.

“All of our divisions in one way or another have served the recreational market, building athletic fields and amenities along with roads, sidewalks, hiking/biking paths and more,” said Brian Goggins, president of Byrne and Jones.  “With Ben Brown on our team, we can engage customers on a deeper level to tailor recreational space to fit their needs and optimize the value of their open space assets.”

Brown has 20 years of business development and project management experience, operating the last five years as a dedicated recreational consultant working with public and private entities and recreational equipment and material providers.  “There is a psychology of play that can be woven into the design of parks and recreational venues, creating playgrounds, athletic fields and hiking/biking trails that appeal to all age groups and abilities,” notes Brown. “But the most successful are ones that communities can proudly take ownership because it meets their specific needs.”   

Brown notes the new Parks Division will serve communities that saw a significant increase in parks and recreation space usage during the pandemic.  “If there’s one thing we learned during this pandemic, it’s that parks and open spaces are essential to mental and physical health and well-being.  There’s a lot of new data coming in on how people and families use parks and recreational facilities that we can use to help communities and institutions improve playgrounds, park design, and physical fitness amenities.”  A recent landmark study by the Trust for Public Land noted:  

  • Parks are widely recognized as critical for health and wellness, reducing stress, anxiety and depression and improving physical health – all the more necessary during a public health crisis.
  • Over the past 16 months, parks and public land have experienced some of their highest usage in modern times, with public officials reporting dramatic upticks in visitors.
  • Parks are proving to be an essential part of how the nation copes and recovers from the global pandemic.

Among the types of recreational spaces that Byrne & Jones will create include:

Multi-purpose fieldsSport specific fields such as football, baseball, lacrosse and soccer
Dynamic play areasUniversal playgrounds for all abilities
Pocket parksMulti-use Trailways
Tennis and pickleball courtsRunning tracks
 

In addition, Byrne & Jones will build amenities and supportive infrastructure including roads, parking, sidewalks concession stands, restrooms, public seating and more.

In launching the new Parks Division, Byrne & Jones will tap its extensive experience in building more than 450 athletic fields for high schools, colleges and communities as well as other recreational venues.  Key projects have included:

  • Forest Park biking and walking trails
  • O’Fallon Family Sports Park, O’Fallon, Ill.
  • O’Fallon Sports Park, O’Fallon, Mo.
  • Centennial Greenway for the Great Rivers Greenway.
  • Rantoul Family Sports Complex
  • Plummer Family Park, Edwardsville, Ill.
  • St. Louis College of Health Careers
  • Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through divisions that include concrete, asphalt, microsurfacing, soil stabilization, sports and parks. The firm builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces. More information can be found at www.byrneandjones.com.

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Adfast Corp’s Calli Lafolette Promoted

Calli Lafolette

Adfast Corp. customer service representative Calli Lafolette has been promoted to an Admobile store on wheels technical representative in St. Louis. Admobiles are stocked with a full range of sealants, adhesives, caulking, insulating foams and application accessories. Lafolette will travel to St. Louis construction jobsites, offering supplies and technical expertise.

IWR Names Joe Sharamitaro Director of Project Management

Joe Sharamitaro

Sharamitaro to oversee delegation of project management at IWR

IWR North America, one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the U.S., promotes Joe Sharamitaro to director of project management. In this role, Sharamitaro will supervise the project management team, while maintaining the departmental structure and goals of IWR. He will ensure projects are executed effectively and efficiently, aligning internal methodologies and processes with the needs of IWR’s projects. Additionally, he will also monitor the quality, safety, cost and schedule standards for all project management operations.

“Having a person like Joe in this role is essential to our long-term plans and goals at IWR,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to see how his experience and operational excellence will elevate our project management operations. Joe has been a valuable asset to IWR and that will continue to be the case in his new position.”

Prior to this new role, Sharamitaro has served as a project manager at IWR since 2015. Before joining IWR, he has also worked as a project superintendent, assistant superintendent and project engineer at a nationally recognized general contractor in the St. Louis-area for nearly a decade.

Sharamitaro is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing contractors in the nation, specializing in building enclosures since 1895. 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.

August 20, 2021

Castle Contracting Promotes Zach Kelly to Assistant Project Manager

Zachary Kelly

Castle Contracting has promoted Zach Kelly to assistant project manager from senior project engineer. In his new role, Kelly will assume more responsibility in the management of Castle projects, including overseeing and reporting on cost, production tracking, project planning and execution, as well as training implementation.

Kelly joined Castle in 2014 as an intern. He is a licensed drone pilot and has spearheaded the use of drone footage to help quantify sitework production and inform scheduling on projects such as the East End Transformation of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. He also contributed to Castle’s civil construction work on the Gateway Arch National Park, IKEA, City Foundry and numerous solar projects.

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He volunteers regularly with his alma mater, Chaminade High School, and serves on the Young Professionals Board for HomeFirst STL, a social services agency that connects homeless people with affordable housing. He and his family live in Ballwin, Mo.

“Zach always steps up when you ask for help, whether it involves travel, supporting a new office, launching a new technology or taking on additional workload,” said Michael Pranger, Castle vice president of operations. “As a result, he has gained experience in many aspects of running projects and assisting with general operations that will serve Castle well in his new role.”

 Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast. Castle’s recent civil contracting projects in St. Louis include Gateway Arch National Park, the East End transformation of Washington University’s Danforth campus, Next NGA West, and Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility.

July 30, 2021

Steve Raskin

Steve Raskin has joined Ittner Architects as Senior Associate and Project Manager.

Steve is an architect licensed in both Missouri and Illinois. He specializes in working with both PK-12 and Higher-Education clients. He leads projects through all phases of development, including facility assessments, master planning, community engagement, programming and the design of additions, renovations, and new construction projects. Steve is also active as an AIA Missouri Board Member and serves on a variety of national code writing committees.
Steve has more than 25 years in the St. Louis Architecture industry, including a previous stint at Ittner from 2006 to 2016. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Kansas.

“I’m excited to continue to grow Ittner’s leadership in design and to create long-lasting partnerships with our clients,” Raskin said.

Founded in 1899, Ittner Architects is affiliated with Cordogan Clark Group, the leader in designing 21st-century learning spaces that excite students and stimulate their natural curiosity – safely, securely, on time and on budget. The firm has offices in Chicago, Aurora, and Fairview Heights, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; Lafayette, Indiana; and Madrid, Spain.

McCarthy Holdings Names Amanda Skillern Vice President, Quality

Amanda Skillern

Quality construction and a continuous improvement mindset enhance outcomes for clients.

“Quality is a deep commitment to examining results and being thoughtful about how we can continuously improve and deliver better outcomes for our clients,” Wittkop explained. “In that same spirit, we are always looking for opportunities to enhance our already best-in-class approach to quality. We are excited to welcome Amanda to our team and have her lead this process for us at a national level.”

With a decade of experience analyzing and leading quality in construction, energy and other sectors, Skillern brings a history of effective leadership, quality management, strategic planning and a commitment to operational excellence to her new role. Prior to joining McCarthy, Skillern served as senior director, global quality operations for a multi-national energy firm, where she was responsible for developing and executing the corporate quality strategy. In this role, she led implementation of a global root cause analysis software program encompassing quality, health, safety, environmental and security activities, using the data gathered to improve operational effectiveness and profitability. She also oversaw the transition from legacy practices to an integrated, reliable and consolidated quality management system.

A Louisiana native, Skillern earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Southeastern Louisiana University and a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

“Quality is a commitment to always improving — doing things just a little bit better each and every time,” Skillern said. “McCarthy is well known for its approach to quality, and I’m excited to help continue to strengthen this continuous improvement mindset.

“I value accountability, and this exists at McCarthy because the firm is 100 percent employee-owned. Everyone is pulling in the same direction, and this aligns directly with a commitment to continuous improvement. I look forward to exploring new ways to better connect and enhance our quality programs to improve outcomes for our clients.”

About McCarthy Holdings. Inc.

McCarthy Holdings, 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. McCarthy Holdings, Inc. is comprised on McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Castle Contracting, Inc. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work, McCarthy is ranked the 13th largest domestic builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2021). With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

Castle Contracting’s Joel Richardson Earns Professional Engineer License

Joel Richardson, P.E.

Castle Contracting, LLC’s Civil Design Engineer Joel Richardson, P.E., has received his Professional Engineer license in Missouri.

Earning the Professional Engineer designation requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering, four years of applied work experience and passing a full-day exam. The credential communicates that an individual works within standards that protect the public, achieves a baseline standard of qualification and expertise, and serves as a credible and valid engineering professional.

Richardson has 23 years of experience in survey, construction layout and design. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the UMSL/Washington University Joint Engineering Program. Richardson supports Castle’s turnkey civil design-build services for site development work.

“Since the day he has walked in the door, Joel has been dedicated to adding value to the Castle team. He has leveraged his construction field knowledge to apply it to design and continues to grow his breadth of experience and expertise. We are proud of his achievement of becoming a Professional Engineer and are looking forward to all the great things he will do on the Castle team in the future,” said Christie Brinkman, Castle director of design-build.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast. Castle’s recent civil contracting projects in St. Louis include Gateway Arch National Park, the East End transformation of Washington University’s Danforth campus, Next NGA West, and Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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New Industrial Park Planned for Maryland Heights

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Project marks first Class A industrial development in the area in 30 years

TriStar Properties announced construction has begun on the first two buildings in Westport Commerce Center, a new 1.3 million-sq.-ft. master planned industrial park in West St. Louis County. The two 194,480-sq.-ft. buildings — the first of six buildings planned for the park — are located at 15737 River Valley Drive in Maryland Heights, Missouri, just two minutes from Highways 141 and 364 and seven minutes from Interstates 270 and 70.

Westport Commerce Center is the first major Class A development in the Westport area in more than 30 years, according to David Branding, managing director for commercial real estate firm JLL and leasing agent for the property. The project is located within minutes of the Metro’s two largest populations — in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Nearly 60 percent of the combined populations of those counties live within 12 miles of the development. The location is strategic — it is well-positioned geographically to serve as a central distribution point for the entire St. Louis Metro area.

“The location of this development is significant,” said Branding. “It sits at the nexus of St. Louis and St. Charles counties, which have a combined total population of 2+ million people. With the growing popularity of online sales and the demand for final mile delivery services, it’s exactly where industrial tenants want to be.”

Michael Towerman, principal of TriStar Properties, said, Westport Commerce Center is the result of more than four years of effort to find the right land for this type of construction. “We recognized a void for last mile distribution in the St. Louis metropolitan area, specifically in close proximity to the Page and 141 interchange, so we went in search of the ideal location. Westport is the epicenter of the market, and this development is as close as you can get to center for a project of this magnitude.”

The Westport project will add to an estimated 3 million square feet of industrial space currently under construction in the region. Industrial vacancy is at a historic low in the region, and the reopening of the post-COVID economy is resulting in increased demand for warehouse space, according to JLL research (link to Q2 industrial report).

The development offers the first 10-year real estate tax abatement in this submarket. Average taxes are estimated at $0.06/sq. ft.— a possible savings of more than $1 million over a 10-year occupancy, compared to other Westport properties (based on a 70,000-sq.-ft. lease).

TriStar Properties, founded in 1996, has developed numerous large business parks and multifamily communities, including Gateway Commerce Center in suburban St. Louis. Gateway Commerce Center has become a submarket of its own, now containing over 16 million sf of modern warehouses. Recently, TriStar completed a two million square foot build-to-suit global technology center for World Wide Technologies. TriStar’s current projects span virtually all real estate asset classes. More information can be found at www.tristarproperties.com.

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.6 billion in 2020, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 91,000 as of March 31, 2021. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit jll.com.

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