By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE
Wentzville-based Crossroads Construction Services Inc. is celebrating a decade in commercial and residential abatement services.
President Jeremy Rodriguez says in early November the firm he founded in 2013 will mark 10 years in the business of abating asbestos, lead, mold and hazardous household waste for industrial, commercial and residential customers. In addition to being a USEPA-certified Lead-Safe firm, Crossroads Construction is also a Missouri-certified Minority Business Enterprise and a City of St. Louis-certified MBE with more than 80 years of combined team industry experience. Crossroads is licensed in asbestos and lead abatement in Missouri and Illinois.
“Our very first large project we landed was the former Armour Plant in National City, Ill. and it was fascinating work,” says Rodriguez. “The plant was the lone remnant of the once-sprawling, 650-acre National City Stockyards. Crossroads handled asbestos abatement for the site in preparation for demolition.”
In 2017 and 2018, Crossroads performed extensive asbestos and lead abatement as well as collection and disposal of hazardous household waste for the 200,000-square-foot, 14-plus floor building, now known as Hotel Saint Louis, that was originally designed by renowned architect Louis Sullivan. The Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel at 7th and Olive Streets in downtown St. Louis is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Crossroads was proud to serve general contractor BSI Constructors on this job.
“Much of our work is as a specialty subcontractor,” Rodriguez says. “Our job is to make the general contractor look great in front of the owner.”
Asbestos abatement for buildings that needed to be demolished to build the new St. Louis City SC Major League Soccer stadium was another large-scale project performed by Crossroads. Later, as part of a related project that would construct the nearby practice field, Crossroads removed a large 12-inch gas main that ran through the site where the soccer practice field is now located.
“One of the things I love most about our work is the opportunity to make a safe space in these older structures – both commercial and residential ones – that breathe new life into them,” Rodriguez says, noting that Crossroads’ residential clients include homeowners of historic residences along Lindell Boulevard, homes that have existed since St. Louis hosted the World’s Fair in 1904.