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Lawrence Group Unveils Vision for the Former Federal Mogul Site

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City Foundry 2London-based Bull Moose Industries Added to Investment Partnership

Environmental remediation work has commenced at City Foundry Saint Louis at Cortex, the new name of the former Federal Mogul Foundry property in midtown St. Louis. The proposed mixed-use redevelopment project is being designed and developed by Lawrence Group with significant reuse of the historic structures. The first phase of the overall $340 million project is programmed to include:

  • 48,000 square feet of restaurant and food hall space with approximately 20 chef-driven quick serve food stalls and up to four full service restaurants
  • 124,000 square feet of creative office space in the City Foundry building complex
  • 133,000 square feet of retail space with up to 45 retailers
  • New 511-car parking garage plus ample surface spaces
  • Connection to the Great Rivers Greenway Trail System
  • Amenities including public plaza spaces, bike share, electric recharge stations and dedicated ride sharing drop-off

In addition to the commencement of remediation work on the site, Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith has announced that Bull Moose Industries has become a major investment partner in the redevelopment. London-based Bull Moose Chairman, the Rt. Hon. Lord Swarj Paul, has continued to grow his investments in St. Louis, adding his partnership in City Foundry to his previous investments in the 634 North Grand building in Grand Center and the acquisition of XL Trailers earlier this year. “This new investment by Lord Paul represents our continued confidence in St. Louis as well as our belief in the exciting vision laid out by Steve Smith for the City Foundry development,” according to Bull Moose CEO Michael Blatz. Eagle Bank is providing the financing for the project.

The National Register of Historic Places nomination for the existing foundry complex was recently approved by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Building on the region’s reputation as an innovation hub, City Foundry Saint Louis is envisioned as a place where ideas can thrive and where people can get connected and collaborate. The first phase of the car-optional development is expected to create 870 permanent jobs in addition to construction jobs, as well as spur additional development on neighboring properties. Great Rivers Greenway trails will traverse through the site providing a walkable connection between Saint Louis University, Cortex, and Metro stations as well as a pathway to Forest Park. “The City Foundry Saint Louis redevelopment represents another example of the continued investment and expansion of the Cortex brand. This will be a tremendous amenity to the already vibrant innovation community that exists at Cortex,” according to Dennis Lower, CEO of Cortex Innovation Community.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to open in 2018, and future phases call for a 279-unit residential tower; 265,000 square feet of office; and 16,000 square feet of retail. For leasing information, visit www.cityfoundrystl.com. The project team includes:

  • Lawrence Group – Design and Development
  • S.M. Wilson – Construction Management
  • Midwest Service Group – Remediation and Abatement Contractor
  • SCI Engineering – Environmental Consultant
  • Grimes Consulting – Civil Engineering
  • CBRE – Retail Leasing Brokerage
  • DCM Management – Office Leasing Brokerage
  • Eagle Bank and Advantage Capital Partners – Financing

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis. The firm offers architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, graphic design, planning, construction management and real estate development services.

Founded in 2002 through a collaboration between Washington University in St. Louis, BJC Healthcare, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Cortex Innovation Community (CortexSTL.com) is the Midwest’s leading hub of innovation and technology commercialization, serving as the anchor of St. Louis’ growing ecosystem for innovative startup programs and established companies..

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IMPACT Strategies Passes Milestone On St. Louis-Belleville Hofbrauhaus

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Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies, Inc., has surpassed the half-way point in building the St. Louis-Belleville Hofbrauhaus, the largest single themed destination restaurant in the region.

The 31,000-square-foot structure, reaching 58 feet in height, is the largest of the seven Hofbrauhaus restaurants in North America, and is about half-again larger than the 20,000-square-foot Chicago facility.

The restaurants are modeled after the traditional and centuries old beer halls and restaurants in Bavaria. Each building must meet strict standards for appearance, quality and detailed craftsmanship. Similarly strict standards are set for food, beverages and service.

“The Hofbrauhaus will have the look and feel of old world Germany,” according to IMPACT President Mark Hinrichs. “The architecture is unique, and includes high vaulted ceilings. The look, the attention to detail that the developers are requesting, and the general atmosphere to be created will help assure that Hofbrauhaus becomes a popular destination for adults throughout the region and beyond,” he said.

Hofbrauhaus beers will be brewed on-site with state-of-the-art equipment produced in Vienna and shipped to Belleville. Munich-based brewmasters will assist in managing installation of the equipment and will train local brewmasters and staff. Furnishings and beer steins will duplicate Old World Bavarian beer halls

The kitchen is designed to assure that 1,000 diners can be served at one seating. A private dining room will accommodate up to 250 people and an outdoor biergarten another 250 guests.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc., specializes in retail, commercial, medical, senior housing and education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management.

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Log Raising Event To Be Held On Site Of Future Wildwood Dog Park

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Hibbs General Contracting & Gastineau Log Homes are hosting a log raising event on August 27, 2016, to benefit Happy Hounds Playground in Wildwood. Happy Hounds Playground is a dog park opening in spring of 2017 at 2448 Pond Road.

Attendees at the free event will be able to watch as the exterior Missouri Oak log walls of the Happy Hounds main building are erected. They will be able to see how the logs are stacked and sealed and how the T&G window and door frames are installed. Staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Hibbs General Contracting & Gastineau Log Homes are partnering to build the membership office for the Happy Hounds facility. When completed, the private membership dog park, located on 10 acres of land, will feature splash pads, playground equipment for dogs of all sizes, a swimming pond, nature trails, paw washing stations, and more.

Visitors are invited to stop by for a short visit or stay all day. They should bring lawn chairs and dress for the weather. As this site is under construction, muddy conditions are a possibility. Free parking is available across the street at First Baptist Church, 2470 Pond Road. Refreshments will be provided for those that attend, including donuts and coffee in the morning, and hot dogs, chips, and cookies in the afternoon. The event will run from 9 am to 2 pm.

Hibbs General Contracting & Gastineau Log Homes staff will be available to answer any questions visitors may have about the log building construction process for commercial and residential projects.

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EPA & Champ Landfill of Maryland Heights, Mo., Reach Settlement to Improve Landfill’s Compliance

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Maryland Heights landfill to install 21 gas extraction wells

In a settlement announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency, IESI MO Champ Landfill, LLC has agreed to implement numerous measures at its Maryland Heights landfill, including installing additional gas extraction wells. The measures are designed to minimize odors and air emissions from the landfill and ensure ongoing compliance with regulatory requirements under the Clean Air Act.

An EPA inspection of Champ Landfill, conducted on May 18, 2016, was part of an initiative by EPA to identify non-compliance and reduce air emissions from sources in the greater St. Louis area.  The inspection identified deficiencies related to Champ Landfill’s surface emission monitoring and surface integrity monitoring, required by the Clean Air Act’s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).  These standards impose controls on emissions of landfill gas, as well as monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements to ensure that landfill gas emissions are minimized.

Landfills use gas collection systems, a network of wells and piping, to collect landfill gas created by the decomposition of solid waste, which consists primarily of methane and carbon dioxide.  Under the terms of this settlement, Champ Landfill has agreed to conduct a comprehensive third party audit of its gas collection system and to implement all of the auditor’s recommended corrective actions in less than one year.  Champ will also install 21 additional landfill gas extraction wells.  These modifications to the gas collection system are expected to significantly improve its ability to collect gases generated by the landfill, resulting in lower emissions of landfill gas and odors to the surrounding community.   Overall, Champ Landfill will spend up to an estimated $1.6 million to implement the improvements at the landfill, including the additional wells, implementing the independent third party audit recommendations, and other expenditures.

“This agreement shows how constructive negotiations between a company and EPA can produce positive results leading to air quality improvements that benefit communities,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague.  “The immediate actions taken required by this agreement will improve the landfill’s operations and minimize air emissions and odors. This is an important step in EPA’s efforts to ensure sources of air pollution in the area are in compliance.”

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Development Timeline Extended For Lake District As Developers Request Infrastructure Commitments From City Prior To Development Commitments

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The development timeline for the Lake District Development Area has been extended by several months so the City of Maryland Heights can respond to developers’ requests for the City to commit to providing the site’s infrastructure systems prior to the developers making final development commitments.

“The developers told us they need the City to take the lead in having a comprehensive infrastructure and storm water management plan finalized, financed and ready for construction before they can commit to building any developments,” said Jim Krischke, City Administrator.  “So instead of one master developer managing the site infrastructure construction along with other construction, we now have six developers interested in different parts of our 1800-acre site.  We must now develop an integrated infrastructure plan that can meet the needs of all potential developers.  This is complex and will take time, but it does give us the opportunity to incorporate the many ‘green’ water management features that we have envisioned.”

The Howard Bend Levee District built the 500-year levee protecting the development area from the Missouri River, and the City now plans to partner with the Levee District in the storm water management system implementation.  Preliminary engineering plans have been developed by the Levee District to address all storm water management needs of the area.

“We need to refine these plans with the Levee District to meet the potential needs of each development proposal individually and collectively, and then provide the assurance that it will be built,” Krischke added.

A revised development timeline, along with a revised schedule of decision points and public hearings, will soon be posted on the Lake District Development Area website, at www.mplakedistrict.com.

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New Study Concludes that Clean Power Plan Could Deliver Significant Energy Bill Savings to Cities & Businesses Nationwide

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A professor at Georgia Institute of Technology has weighed in on the debate over the Obama Administration’s Clean Power plan, claiming that it will cut energy costs at commercial buildings.

A new study by Marilyn Brown has concluded that implementing the Clean Power plan could save commercial building owners and occupants $11.3 billion a year on electricity bills by 2030 compared to doing nothing at all. That equates to a 6.7 percent savings on electricity.

In Missouri, the annual savings would amount to $109 million. The Clean Power plan could produce an additional $112 million savings on natural gas bills in Missouri, and save $3.6 billion on natural gas bills nationwide.

“What this study reveals is that cities, and the commercial buildings that comprise them, hold a key to both lower carbon pollution as well as lower bills for commercial electricity consumers if states embrace energy efficiency and clean energy investments associated with state implementation of the Clean Power Plan,” Brown said.

The savings are triggered in part by a new generation of air source heat pumps that replace less efficient units commonly seen on the rooftops of office buildings, schools, restaurants and big-box stores. These new technologies tackle one of the most rapidly growing energy uses in the United States – air conditioning.

Brown found huge negative consequences to doing nothing.  Without any changes, the electricity bills of commercial building owners and occupants in the United States would rise by about 21.4% over the next 15 years.

The GIT study found that energy bill savings would be greatest for retail and office buildings. In the United States it is estimated that these building space owners would cut their electricity costs by $2.9 billion and $2 billion respectively in 2030, while at the same time cutting CO2 emissions significantly.

“Occupants and owners of other building types, ranging from education to food and lodging, would also save significantly on their energy bills as states meet their Clean Power Plan goals,” said Dr. Brown. “Energy efficiency offers multiple benefits and these results illustrate how commercial building owners and occupants can gain from more efficient and more affordable air conditioning, lighting, electronics and other equipment, and from improved building shells as well as rooftop solar systems.”

The study examined the finalized August 2015 Clean Power Plan developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama Administration. The plan proposed an historic step aimed at reducing carbon pollution by implementing first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The Clean Power Plan establishes carbon pollution goals for each state, and is projected to achieve a 32 percent cut in U.S. carbon pollution from power plants by 2030 compared with 2005.

EPA projects that the Clean Power Plan will help avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work and school days annually by 2030. The reduction of carbon pollution in our air will also prevent thousands of heart attacks and hospital admissions every year.

Separately, an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council, investor-owned utilities in California, and electronics power management  firm Aggios, found that electricity use by computers can be cut in half at negligible cost. Computers are a major consumer of electricity in office buildings.

According to the study, roughly 300 million computers in the U.S. spend from 50 to 77 percent of their time “on but inactive” and devour $10 billion a year worth of electricity, the equivalent of 30-large power plants spewing 65 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution that contributes to climate change. (The  study can be found at https://www.nrdc.org/resources/slashing-energy-use-computers-and-monitors-while-protecting-our-wallets-health-and-planet.

The trio of organizations developed a demonstration prototype computer, and found some efficiency improvements would cost manufacturers “only pennies per computer,” according to the report.

The Clean Power Plan and Beyond- Impacts on Energy Bills of Missouri Businesses

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Etegra, Inc. Awarded $9.5m Robins Air Force Base Architect-Engineer IDIQ

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Robins AFBEtegra, Inc., was awarded a prime 8(a) contract from the Department of Air Force to provide a full range of architect-engineer (A-E) services for Robins Air Force Base. The anticipated value of the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract is an estimated total of $9.5M and will have a one-year base period and four one-year option periods.

Robins AFB is one of the largest industrial employers in Georgia with an eclectic skill set including mechanics, planners, engineers and logistics management specialists. The base encompasses 6,935 acres with 449 buildings consisting of 11.5M SF.

Under this contract, Etegra will provide A-E services including field investigations, surveys, design calculations, drawings, specifications, cost estimates, and electronic files as required for maintenance, repair, alteration, and new construction projects.

To date, Etegra has received requests for proposals for five task orders including a renovation of a Catwalk/Rail System, design and construction of a Chemical Storage Addition, design and construction of a DePaint Facility, design and construction of a Ground Support Equipment Building, and the repair and renovation of an Avionics Complex.

“We are honored to serve the Air Force and the mission of the Base,” Andrew Kishna, Chief Executive Officer, said.

Etegra is a full service, 8(a) architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Services include architecture, engineering, construction management and environmental consulting.

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Summary Of Development Proposals Received For Maryland Park Lake District Published By City Of Maryland Heights

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Maryland Heights, Mo., July 8, 2016 – The City of Maryland Heights has published a summary of the six development proposals received last week for portions of the Maryland Park Lake District Development Area.  The summary, along with a map and renderings, can be found on the city’s new website for the development area at http://mplakedistrict.com/index.php/news/.

Highlights of each proposal include the following:

– Altus Properties is proposing the development of approximately 400-

450 market-rate apartment units, to be constructed in two phases, as well as supporting select service retail on approximately 31 acres;

– Creve Coeur Airport proposes development options that may include, but would not be limited to, runway extensions, runway construction, apron expansion, corporate and t-hangar development, and enhancements to airfield navigational aids and safety equipment;

– Hat Trick Consultants proposes a mid-size multipurpose Event Center with approximately 6,200 permanent seats (8,000 seats for non-ice events) designed after the former St. Louis Arena with a “Retro Arena’ feel with the same amenities for standard similar venues of this size across the country;

– Howard Bend Development proposes the “Little Lake Town Center” of 570 acres that could include regional retail, office campus, health and wellness, entertainment and amusement facilities and residential development, as well as a 1,365 acre area for land conservation and youth sports programs;

– Pannatoni proposes retail/service retail uses on 134 acres along the Route 141 corridor and office-flex/office-distribution uses further north for a total of nearly of 1.3 million square feet;

– SLCSW Farms LLC proposes approximately 44 acres of service commercial – service retail (restaurant, convenience stores/service stations, etc.), hotel and other commercial uses designed to complement and support other uses within the entire development area.

The City has begun the process of studying the proposals and conducting a series of public workshops and other meetings for input leading to a final decision sometime in February on which developments will proceed.  The first public workshop is scheduled for July 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maryland Heights Government Center.

The City’s Comprehensive Plan calls for the development area to be a mixed use destination featuring 30% open and green space along with regional retail, an office campus, hospitality and entertainment venues, regional sport venues and residential developments.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined that most of the property in the development area is not flood plain thanks to the 500-year levee protecting the area from the Missouri River and may be developed for commercial, industrial or residential uses.

For more information about the development area, visit www.mplakedistrict.com.

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PayneCrest Electric, Inc. Named One of the Top Workplaces

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Those who know best have vaulted PayneCrest Electric, Inc. to one of the top workplaces in St. Louis – the firm’s employees.  PayneCrest earned “Top Workplaces” honors from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in its annual survey of companies.  PayneCrest was ranked among the top workplaces in the small company category

The survey measured worker satisfaction with “organizational health factors, which measure how well employees are working together toward a common cause. They include ‘alignment,’ a measure of where the company is headed, its values and cooperation; ‘effectiveness,’ how the company is getting to where it aims to go; and ‘connection,’ a gauge of whether employees feel appreciated and that their work is meaningful.”

“Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics, which partnered with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the survey of 177 St. Louis companies.

PayneCrest is one of the largest electrical contractors in St. Louis.  It specializes in highly complex industrial and commercial construction, offering full-service engineering, pre-construction, voice/data, video and security solutions.  It succeeds by empowering its employees through trust while supporting and providing them with the resources they need to succeed.  PayneCrest instills a culture that holds everyone accountable, recognizes and rewards success, avoids bureaucratic pretention by fostering a feeling of family, and focuses on keeping customers happy, being profitable and having fun.  Learn more about the criteria for earning “Top Workplaces” honors by visiting the St. Louis Post-Dispatch web site at this link

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SSM Health Unveils Plan for New $550 Million Academic Medical Center

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New SSM HospitalSSM Health has unveiled a Master Facility Plan for their new $550 million academic medical center in the City of St. Louis, a 316-bed, 802,000-square-foot replacement hospital and new outpatient care center for SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Developed in partnership between SSM Health and Saint Louis University, the Master Facility Plan establishes a footprint for the new hospital campus and facilities, including location, size, patient services, expanded parking and green space, along with areas for any future campus expansion.

The new complex will be located on the north side of the existing facility between Rutger and Lasalle Streets, adjacent to the hospital’s current location on Grand Avenue, with plans to better integrate the hospital with neighboring Saint Louis University School of Medicine and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. SSM Health continues to explore options for the current Desloge Tower, but no decisions have been made.

“This plan shows our commitment to the City of St. Louis and to an improved patient experience that supports our mission to provide exceptional care,” says Kate Becker, SLU Hospital president. “We will not only provide world-class health care for patients throughout the Midwest, but also ensure they are treated in a more comfortable healing environment.”

The new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital includes all-private patient rooms, larger intensive care units and an expanded emergency department. To provide patients with more convenient options, the new outpatient care center will expand outpatient surgery services and provide additional clinical space for SLUCare physician practices. Dedicated educational space throughout the facility will allow Saint Louis University to better train future physicians and health practitioners.

“This state-of-the-art facility represents the health care of tomorrow and will benefit the entire region,” said Robert M. Heaney, M.D., SLUCare Physician Group CEO. “Most importantly, it ensures our patients have the best possible environment, one that incorporates the latest technology and best practices in patient care. In addition, our new facilities also will enhance the education of future medical and healthcare professionals, while strengthening medical research that leads to lifesaving treatments.”

Alberici Constructors, Inc. was selected as the project’s construction manager in April and is slated to break ground in the fall of 2017 with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2020. The replacement hospital and outpatient care center is beyond the hospital improvements under way since SSM Health assumed ownership of SSM Health SLU Hospital last fall, including construction of a new radiation oncology facility.

Lawrence Group, in partnership with Hammel, Green and Abrahamson (HGA), began developing the project scope in January of this year, working from information provided by planning architects Frank Zilm and Associates, Inc. (FZA). Through meetings with key leaders from SSM Health SLU Hospital and SLUCare Physician Group last fall, FZA gained critical input and developed a defined project scope. The Master Facility Plan takes into consideration SLU Hospital’s medically-complex tertiary and quaternary services, such as its Level 1 trauma center, organ transplant program and outpatient bone marrow transplant program.

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