Historic Renovation

Holland Construction Renovating Historic Downtown Belleville Building



A 90-year-old building in downtown Belleville that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places is being transformed into loft living by Holland Construction Services.

The six-story building, located just south of Belleville’s downtown square, long stood as Hotel Belleville. In 1962, the Diocese of Belleville purchased it to operate the Meredith Home, a retirement living community. The city of Belleville acquired the property in 2010 and was preparing to demolish it several years later when SWIDA – the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority – and St. Louis-based Bywater Development proposed buying the building to build Lofts on the Square. The developer-owner team purchased the site from the city in April 2020 for $600,000.

Also in April 2020, Swansea-based Holland Construction Services began construction and renovation. Holland Senior Project Manager Tim Simon said construction costs total roughly $9.5 million to transform the structure into 47 independent living units.

The project received $7.5 million in federal tax credits from the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

“We’re working our way from the top floor on down,” said Simon. “Finishes are currently taking place on the sixth floor and we’re finalizing mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins down to the first floor. We’re maintaining historic features throughout the building, including historic corridor walls, doors and frames. There’s a lot of ornate plaster work in this building that will be restored,” he added.

Efficiency, one-bedroom and two-bedroom living spaces are being constructed. Simon said a 3,000-square-foot space on the ground floor will be devoted to restaurant and retail.

Lofts on the Square project partners include Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects and engineering consultant BWC.

The project is expected to be completed in July.


Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. Selected as Construction Manager for $9 Million Historic Renovation


FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailPinnacle Contracting, Inc. has been tapped by St. Louis-based developer Pier Property Group to execute the historic renovation of the Steelcote Manufacturing Company Paint Factory complex at 801 Edwin Street in mid-town St. Louis, Mo.

Pinnacle is targeting a spring 2019 completion for the 42,000-square-foot, $9 million conversion that will create 31 units in the landmark five-story building.  A second adjoining structure will house the leasing office and bike storage while a third building will host two additional units bringing total residence count to 33.   Fifteen indoor tempered parking spaces and exterior gated parking for guests and residents will also be constructed.

In addition to traditional loft floor plans with 10- to 12-foot ceiling heights, two-story units with rooftop terraces and panoramic views of St. Louis will also be available.  Loft finishes include oversized window bays, sealed concrete floors, quartz countertops and back-painted glass backsplashes in kitchens.

Founded in St. Louis, Steelcote pioneered rubber enamel coatings for a variety of products and was once a world leader in the field.  It opened the building on Edwin Street in 1922 and finished building out upper levels in 1929.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located within St. Louis University’s Midtown Redevelopment Area, the complex has been vacant since 2006.

“We have been fortunate to meet with family members of the original owners of the building who have shared their memories of milestones and significant events with the re-development team,” said Pinnacle Vice President of Operations, Tim McLaughlin, “Their stories and collector’s items are evident throughout the design, which aims to bring elements of the past back to life.”

Led by Michael Hamburg, Pier Property Group focuses on the acquisition, renovation and management of historic buildings.  It specializes in development opportunities that utilize public/private partnerships and creative financing.

Members of its St. Louis-based project team are architect Trivers Associates and the local office of structural engineer KPFF Consulting Engineers.

“The assignment poses multiple technical challenges ranging from the unique mat slab foundation in the basement to the detailed layout coordination required to respond to the specific structural requirements within each floor slab,” added McLaughlin. “Thorough preconstruction planning is key.”

Founded in 1998 in St. Louis by Tom McLaughlin and Nelson Grumney, Jr., Pinnacle Contracting provides general contracting, construction management and design-build services.  In its 20th year of business, Pinnacle works in many different markets including historic renovation, office, educational, industrial, healthcare, hospitality, retail and multi-family.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail