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KMOV Channel 4’s New Headquarters Now Under Construction by Keystone Construction Company

Design-build contractor Keystone Construction Company has begun work on the new 45,000-square-foot headquarters and state-of-the-art production studio for KMOV Channel 4 in Maryland Heights, Missouri. KMOV has broadcast from Gateway Tower at One Memorial Drive in downtown overlooking the Gateway Arch for more than 50 years and is expected to move into their new facility in May 2023.

Located near Westport Plaza and Interstate 270, the site includes a three-story office building, which is an ideal open slate for transforming into a broadcast space. The design-build project includes a major interior and exterior renovation. The new facility will feature two broadcast studios, a large newsroom, dressing rooms, control rooms, data center, seven transmission satellites and fitness center. The two-acre site provides ample room for parking, some of which will be covered.

“KMOV’s new headquarters will be at the forefront of broadcast facilities in the nation to optimize viewer engagement now and be readily transformable for the future,” said JD Sosnoff KMOV St. Louis Vice President/General Manager. “Additionally, our project team is constructing the very best in modern production and creative collaboration spaces to provide advertisers with what they deserve in a broadcast partner.”

Work also includes the installation of a backup generator with the capability to power the entire building and electrical and HVAC system upgrades to accommodate KMOV’s higher demands. The project team will install specialty sound proofing systems, new audio/visual equipment throughout and replace all lights with new LED fixtures to improve energy efficiency.

As design-build contractor, Keystone is tasked with defining the project scope and ensuring that the design and construction are delivered in alignment with the client’s schedule and budget goals. During the current supply environment, Keystone has identified and sourced critical building components with long lead times to ensure the project schedule remains on track. The architect is Partners By Design. Cole & Associates is the civil engineer. Barrett, Woodyard & Associates is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering services. NAI DESCO is the real estate broker.


ABOUT KEYSTONE CONSTRUCTION

Keystone Construction Company is a St. Louis-based general contractor with expertise in design/build projects for office, retail, industrial and healthcare clients. For nearly 35 years, Keystone projects have reflected the company’s commitment to superior architecture and design, quality materials and craftsmanship that stand the test of time. The general contractor has received numerous design and construction awards, including Building St. Louis awards in 2017, 2019 and 2021; Project 64 West Excellence in Community Development Award; and Excellence in Design Award from American Builders Company and Nucor. Harvard University chose Keystone’s unique process for a course study called “How to do Design/Build Right.” For more information, visit https://keystone-stl.com.

Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structures Receives 2022 International Achievement Award

During the October 2022 annual Advanced Textiles Association Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structureswas recognized with International Achievement Awards for design and excellence in fabric productions and applications! The Lawrence Team was honored to receive not one, but two, Outstanding Achievement Awards. This pair of awards includes work for Parkside Grille in the Commercial Awnings & Canopies category and one for the Missouri History Museum St. Louis Sound in the Fabric Graphics category. To learn more about these award-winning projects, visit https://www.lawrencefabric.com/news/2022-international-achievement-award/

Outstanding Achievement – Fabric Graphics-Missouri History Museum St. Louis Sound

Fabricated and installed six hanging graphic banners on the outside of the History Museum building east and west sides. Printed on Mesh fabric with 2” flat stock on perimeter. Banner sizes included two 10’ x 27’, two 18’ x 27’ two 11’ x 21’. Installed with 3/8” x 3 screw bolts 1” self-tapping screws. The sheer size of all the hanging banners is a unique aspect of this project.  We had to custom design and fabricate banner hanging framework and the 40′ high installation was challenging.

Outstanding Achievement –Commercial Awnings & Canopies <1000 Sq ft-Parkside Grille

Parkside Grille outdoor fabric patio canopy with radius front, 32’ 7” wide x 4’ 4”. high (including 1’ box) x 5’ 2” projection. Fabric is Weblon Coastline plus traditional stripes Pirate Black & White. Aluminum square tubing framework, with four galvanized post supports mounted to existing concrete. The challenging and unique design aspect of this canopy was getting the stripes in the fabric to match up at the radius angles.

Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were chosen for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area. 

Two Proposed STL Riverfront Developments Studying Feasibility

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

The developers of two separate riverfront development projects totaling nearly 150 acres and more than $1.3 billion continue to perform financial feasibility studies.

Proposed Gateway South Development

Gateway South is a $1.2 billion development being proposed by St. Louis-based Good Developments Group on 80 acres of former industrial ground along the St. Louis riverfront just south of the Gateway Arch Grounds at Chouteau’s Landing. GDG plans to work with the St. Louis Port Authority Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on site flooding improvements.

In August, the Port Authority approved a resolution to evaluate the financial feasibility of GDG’s proposal. If approved, it is estimated to be a 10-year project that will build three mixed-use districts comprised of recreational, residential, advanced manufacturing, office and entertainment.

Lighthouse Point, proposed by Nashville-based M2 Development Partners, encompasses 67.5 acres just north of I-270 along the Mississippi River on Riverview Drive in North St. Louis City. The $325 million redevelopment project – which could include a marina, waterpark, themed hotels and restaurants – inked an agreement earlier this year with the St. Louis Port Authority Commission to commence a financial feasibility study. M2 Development Partners is paying the commission $25,000 for the study.

Proposed Lighthouse Point Development

The proposed Lighthouse Point hospitality destination would be located 1.5 miles from the new St. Louis Zoo Wild Care Park on the site of the former North Shore Golf Course. The project is proposed to be delivered in four phases. Phase one of the project is envisioned to begin in the second quarter of 2023.

The developer acquired the land for this development in 1999 and has worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to mitigate future flooding at the site.

Rebar Demand Spurs Construction of Troy, IL Plant

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

Nu Way Companies, one of the largest construction material and equipment suppliers in the St. Louis region, has broken ground on a 35,000-square-foot fabrication facility in Troy, Illinois.

Contegra Construction is building the plant, which will enable Nu Way to increase its rebar production fivefold.

Once the facility is up and operating in mid-2023, Nu Way President and COO Greg Rhomberg says the company will be able to increase its annual rebar production from 3,100 tons to 15,000 tons.

“E-commerce-driven warehouse construction coupled with a surge in infrastructure spending has created soaring demand for rebar, a critical element for tilt-up and road construction,” said Rhomberg, who represents third-generation company leadership. “On top of that, health care, schools and other concrete projects are also driving demand for reinforcing rebar.”

According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, rebar demand has increased nearly 9 percent from January through August 2022 compared with the same period in 2021.

The Neurosciences Research Building at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, currently under construction, is one example of a project requiring large quantities of rebar. The job calls for a total of 6,700 tons.

Contegra Project Director Jared Lengermann says the construction project calls for 31,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 4,000 square feet of office. The project site is adjacent to Nu Way’s existing facility on Formosa Road and Interstate 55 in Troy.

The project, which began last month, is undergoing foundational and site work at this time. BJC Healthcare and AB-InBev are other large consumers of rebar and are Nu Way customers.

Contegra is constructing the building with tilt-up concrete panels. The new rebar facility will be equipped with a 21-foot clear height fabrication area featuring three bays. Once operational, Nu Way’s rebar plant will be able to process rebar on 3.5-ton coils and straight lengths up to 60 feet long. A 16-ton magnetic crane, a 10-ton crane and a five-ton crane will serve the bays.

Other construction project partners include J.F. Electric, Vee-Jay Cement Contracting, Illinois Electric Works and Affton Fabricating and Welding Company.

Nu Way’s additional facilities are in Jefferson City, Jackson and Wentzville, MO.

Master Grower Ron Mitchell Joins Clayco

Controlled Environment Agriculture expert joins design-build leader Clayco to help drive the company’s growth as a fully integrated design-build solution reshaping indoor agriculture.  

To support its continuing expansion in the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) space, national design-build and construction company Clayco has hired Ron Mitchell as Director of Controlled Environment Agriculture. Ron will be applying his vast horticultural expertise to all Clayco’s CEA projects. As part of Clayco’s Food and Beverage team, he will advise project teams and cultivate relationships with growers. 

“I’m excited to support Clayco in its mission to organize the engineering and procurement process to adapt to each grower’s unique objectives. I will be the liaison between biology and engineering. My experience lends increased understanding of agriculture, plant health, and the growing process. This will further reduce project risk and offer truly integrated, comprehensive solutions for success at first yield,” said Ron Mitchell. “We have a talented and diverse team who will be leading the way as the industry evolves. What we are doing here goes beyond building buildings – we are a part of a food production revolution. It’s about cooperation, not competition, and Clayco is focused on helping talented growers reach their full potential.”

“We are thrilled to have Ron join our team,” said Anthony Johnson, President & Shareholder and Industrial Business Unit Leader. “Safety and speed are our specialties, and growers need to move quickly to solve the world’s food supply chain issues. Clayco’s integrated approach and ability to provide services across design, engineering, and construction is a game changer for this industry.” 

Ron Jones, Senior Principal, Clayco also added, “Ron’s  expertise in the industry will help ensure that our projects are in line with CEA specific standards, best practices, and technology, especially in an industry that is rapidly growing.. Ron embraces innovation and alternative project delivery methods, and his extensive industry knowledge enables him to provide valuable insights during all stages of a CAPEX project.”

Clayco is involved in CEA projects with a capex value over $2 Billion and has been involved with nearly 150 acres of CEA space over the past two years alone, including multiple national multi-site programs in the vertical grow and greenhouse space. 

Ron started his indoor farming career working at the UC Berkeley field office greenhouse with Professor Paul Droll, the father of modern hydroponics. Throughout his career Ron has founded numerous vertical farms, in places as diverse as Hawaii and West Africa. He has worked as a respected consultant in the CEA industry. Most recently he was the Master Grower and Director of Grow Operations at OnePointOne, Inc, a vertical farm startup.

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

AGC of Missouri, Contractors Bringing Suicide Prevention to the Fore

By now, most of us know the dangers that can come from working on a construction site. But what about the dangers lurking the rest of the time?  According to the latest toolbox talks put together for September, Suicide Prevention Month, those dangers are literally “killing us.”

The facts are sobering. In multiple years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found construction and extraction was the Number 1 occupational group with male suicides (15% in 2012, 16% in 2015). In the general population, suicide occurs in 27 out of every 100,000 people. In construction, the number is closer to 53 suicides per 100,000 workers. In the U.S., a construction worker dies by suicide once every 12 minutes. Another way to look at it: 123 of us die from suicide each day. View: https://constructionsuicideprevention.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/1_Construction_and_Suicide.pdf

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is working full throttle during September, with the kick-off last week of Suicide Awareness Week (Sept. 5-9.) The AGCMO safety team and its Safety Committee members held safety stand-down’s at Alberici Constructors, Inc., McCarthy Building Companies, TJ Weis Contracting, Inc. and at BJC Healthcare and NGA job sites. They also delivered specialized training to Guarantee Electrical, PARIC and Holland Construction, among others. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Mental Health Suicide Prevention Training, a two-hour training program, is available to members as well as the two-hour, Vital Cog Training – Construction Industry Focused Suicide Prevention and Awareness Training.

AGCMO has delivered its message to more than 1800 workers so far this month with its Pledge of Hope Suicide Awareness Campaign, offering training, materials, toolbox talks and professional resources to both employers and workers.  Materials/resources can be found at: https://bit.ly/3LczkIC  AGCMO’s 12 Mental Health Monday Toolbox Talks, prepared in conjunction with Washington University in St. Louis, can be sourced at: https://bit.ly/3BaJHYR

Suicide is a serious problem in the construction industry,” says Brandon Anderson, vice president, safety, AGCMO. “Construction is a high stress job with an accepting culture for alcohol and drug use, as well as a ‘tough guy’ culture.,We are committed to offering our members the necessary tools and resources to help save lives. Mental health needs to always be a part of the safety conversation.”

To stay safe on the jobsite as it relates to mental health and suicide awareness, Anderson reminds workers to look out for one another, identify potential warning signs, and have the courage and compassion to ask, “Are you ok?” As a worker, if you are struggling with your mental health, it is important to ask for help. You are not alone. There are many organizations and resources out there that can help:

Immediate help is available through the new 988 Direct Dial or text connection to crisis counselors’ service. The 24-hour Suicide Prevention Hotline also provides a lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or via the Web at: suicidepreventionlifeline.org

AGCMO also is taking a leadership role on the issue nationally, with a speaking engagement this week at

The American Contractors Insurance Group (ACIG) Safety/Claims Workshop in San Diego, CA.  Anderson also serves as co-chair of two national task forces, the new AGC of America Mental Health Suicide Prevention Task Force and the CPWR (aka: The Center for Construction Research and Training) Peer Support Task Force.

For additional information or to schedule training, contact Brandon Anderson at banderson@agcmo.org or call 636-887-5207.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) represents the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. AGC of Missouri represents nearly 550 commercial building, industrial, highway, transportation, and utility infrastructure contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state of Missouri. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield. Visit: www.agcmo.org

RCCU1 Holds Groundbreaking for New Early Learning Pre-K Center

Richland County Community Unit #1 recently held a groundbreaking ceremony on August 30, 2022, for the new construction of its Early Learning Pre-K Center. Construction Manager Poettker Construction and designer BLDD Architects will build a new 16,400 square feet early learning facility to create more space for the district’s Pre-Kindergarteners and consolidate the elementary school and the Early Learning Center into one campus.

Richland County Elementary School opened in January of 2000 with the merger of three elementary schools in the district. Since then, multiple elementary school reorganization efforts have taken place, from closing an aging elementary school to adding one through the annexation of the West Richland School District into the county-wide district. Additionally, Richland County has seen growth in its Pre-K Programs over the past few years.

“The result of all of these factors is a very crowded elementary school. Through the construction of an early learning center, we solve the problem of a very cramped school and provide a dedicated facility to our preschool and birth to three programs,” said Chris Simpson, Superintendent of RCCU1. “We are confident in Poettker Construction and BLDD Architects’ ability to provide us with a modern early learning center that will meet the needs of our youngest learners and their families.”

The new Pre-K facility will include seven preschool classrooms, play areas, and an indoor multi-purpose area.

“Recently, Poettker Construction successfully completed a high school renovation and addition for Richland County Community Unit #1,” said Jon Carroll, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Poettker Construction Company. “We are excited to continue our partnership and deliver a greatly enhanced Early Learning Center to the community.”

Richland County Community Unit #1 hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Early Learning Center located at 1001 N Holly Rd Olney, IL 62450. The new build is expected to be completed for the 2023-2024 school year.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is an award-winning family-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. Poettker Construction provides safe, quality, sustainable, and technology solutions to clients in the Education, Distribution, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Municipal, Recreation, Retail, and Utility industries. The company prides itself on building long-lasting relationships with their clients, business partners and the communities in which they work. For more information, visit www.poettkerconstruction.com.

Internal Fraud in Construction

Submitted by Schmersahl Treloar & Co

Internal fraud drains more than $4.7 trillion annually from global businesses, according to an estimate by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

The median loss from internal fraud at companies in the construction industry is $203,000, according to ACFE’s latest Report to the Nations. Construction experiences the fourth largest median losses of any industry (the median loss for all businesses is $117,000).

Although companies can experience pilferage from customers, vendors and other sources, employees account for the highest losses, when taking into account offenses such as fraudulent insurance claims, unauthorized time off and theft of proprietary information. Crimes can be as simple as stealing company supplies or as complex as sophisticated financial statement fraud.

More specifically, fraud by managers and key executives generates the highest dollar losses because these employees are in a good position to falsify financial, credential, work-related or test-related documents for personal gain.

Construction companies are more susceptible to corrupt business practices than other industries. This can include bribery and state capture.

What can your company do to prevent theft?

The ACFE Report found these measures are effective:

• Improve internal controls. For example, do not allow the same employee to keep books, collect funds, write checks and reconcile bank accounts. Arrange for monthly bank statements to be delivered unopened to the company owner, who should review them for unusual transactions, such as declining deposits and checks to unfamiliar parties.

• Conduct background checks on new employees.

• Arrange for fraud audits by the company’s outside accountants or an internal audit department. CPAs can conduct regular independent internal control studies of cash accounts, bank statements and other items to detect criminal activity. Surprise audits are an effective, yet underutilized, tool in the fight against fraud.

• Be willing to prosecute perpetrators. Some organizations that were victimized by fraud didn’t report the cases to law enforcement because: they were afraid of bad publicity; reached a private settlement; wanted closure; or considered internal punishment sufficient.

• Provide ethics training for employees. Educate staff members about the possible sources of fraud and consequences, such as the loss of jobs, raises and profits.

• Institute anonymous fraud reporting mechanisms, such as hotlines. Fraud is commonly discovered through tips from employees, vendors, customers or other sources. These people are frequently in a position to see violations of company policies or excessive personal spending by colleagues.

• Install workplace surveillance devices. For example, a video camera monitoring a loading dock where theft is suspected.

• Look for behavioral red flags including the perpetrator living beyond his or her means and having financial difficulties. They can also involve an unwillingness to share duties, a “wheeler-dealer” attitude, divorce or family issues, addiction problems, refusal to take vacations and an unusually close association with vendors or customers.

Important Considerations
• Globally, more than two-thirds of all frauds are committed by men. In the United States, men committed an estimated 73% of all frauds.
• Globally, the median loss was also higher when committed by men ($125,000) as compared with women ($100,000).
• Losses tend to rise as the perpetrators’ tenure with the organization increases.
• Small businesses are especially vulnerable because of a lack of basic internal control measures.
— Source: 2022 Report from the Assn. of Certified Fraud Examiners

Examine Workplace Environment
One important factor in whether or not employees steal is their attitudes. Employees who feel they are treated fairly by their company are less likely to commit fraud. Many offenses are committed by people who hold grudges and are looking for revenge.

Take a zero tolerance stand on fraud. With a few basic procedures in place, internal business theft can be significantly reduced — or even eliminated — so your construction business can flourish. Ask your accounting firm for more information.

Microchip Plant Construction Boosted by CHIPS and Science Act Funding

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

In August, the Biden administration signed into law the CHIPS and Science Act (H.R. 4346), which provides U.S. semiconductor manufacturers with $52.7 billion over the next five years to increase the production of microchips.

The funding, paired with local and state project-specific tax incentives, is spurring plant construction in Ohio and elsewhere.

The U.S., the country that created the semiconductor industry, currently ranks behind Taiwan in manufacturing volume. The aim of H.R. 4346 is to stem the two-year-plus chip shortage and buoy other related U.S. market sectors including construction.

Intel U.S. Government Relations Vice President Al Thomson says in January 2023 the global company will spend $20 billion on two chip fabrication plants – known as fabs – near Columbus, OH. The new “megafab” site could eventually house a total of eight Intel fabs in a collective construction effort totaling $100 billion. Intel is calling upon all commercial contractors statewide and beyond to build the 7,000-person workforce that will construct the plants, with the goal of opening them in 2025.

Congressional support for the CHIPS Act came in large part due to worries about the U.S. falling behind China in terms of technological leadership and strength, and from concern that without intervention, the U.S. tech industry’s manufacturing capacity would remain second to Taiwan’s.

The European Union’s Chips for Europe initiative, $17.1 billion strong in terms of new funding, echoes the thrust of the CHIPS Act.

Asian competitors are also planning an increase in the manufacturing of microchips. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is estimated to be investing up to $44 billion in new chipmaking plants and equipment.

A leading driver of chip demand on all fronts was the COVID-19 pandemic, which spiked the demand for work-from-home technology including PCs, tablets and webcams. Chips serving as the brains for other work-life resources such as dishwashers, LED light fixtures and baby monitors added to demand intensity. Play at home devices such as game consoles also fueled increased chip demand since the pandemic began.

Crippling Texas freezes in February 2021 that knocked more than 70 power plants offline and cut power to a Samsung chip plant also magnified the shortage. COVID worker lockdowns worldwide fed into the lack of microchips being produced for the automotive industry and other market sectors.

The CHIPS and Science Act is spurring domestic construction. Indiana-based SkyWater Technology Inc. plans to invest $1.8 billion in a chip research and production facility in Indiana, in partnership with the state and Purdue University. Boise, Idaho-based Micron is planning to build a $40 billion memory chip manufacturing plant. And the partnership of Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries is expected to materialize in a $4.2 billion chip plant expansion in upstate New York.

“Federal investment will enable SkyWater to more quickly expand our efforts to address the need for strategic reshoring of semiconductor manufacturing,” said SkyWater CEO Thomas Sonderman.

S. M. Wilson & Co. Hires Twelve Project Team Members

Clay Collard
Becky Geiger

S. M. Wilson & Co., a St. Louis-based construction manager and contracting firm, has added twelve new employees who will work in project delivery roles. These new team members will help deliver successful projects throughout the region for education, healthcare, warehouse and manufacturing, civic and retail clients.

Wendy Bruner
Wes Byrne
  • David Amador – Assistant Superintendent 
  • Wendy Bruner – Project Accountant
  • Wes Byrne – Project Manager
  • Clay Collard – Project Manager
  • Becky Geiger – Project Accountant
  • Brandon Groom – Assistant Project Manager
  • Caleb Horton – Project Engineer 
  • Greg Nanney – Project Superintendent
  • Elle Osterreicher – Project Assistant
  • Clayton Pezold – Project Engineer
  • Ryan Phipps – Project Superintendent
  • Chris Reid – Project Superintendent

ABOUT S. M. WILSON & CO.

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

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