IMPACT Strategies Continues String of Developments for St. Clair County Fairview Heights, IL


IMPACT Strategies, Inc. is providing Construction Management services on several projects for St. Clair County. Construction has been deemed as an essential industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and many of IMPACT Strategies’ projects are crucial components to infrastructure of our communities.

Among these developments is the recently completed 2,200 square-foot tenant finish for CareHere; a medical facility now located in the Annex building at 19 Public Square in Belleville, IL. CareHere is projected to save St. Clair County millions of dollars in healthcare costs and will now serve as the primary healthcare provider for county employees.

IMPACT Strategies is also nearing the completion of a large parking lot expansion for MidAmerica Airport (MAA) in Mascoutah, IL. This project entailed expanding the current parking lot by approximately 560 spaces increasing its total capacity to approximately 1,815 spaces, and adding a new rental car lot that includes 140 spaces. Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. (TWM) provided civil engineering services for this project, which is set to wrap up in June.

Construction is underway for St. Clair County Transit District’s (SCCTD) Alternative Transportation System (ATS). This vital service offers transportation options to seniors and individuals with disabilities. Three tenant spaces occupied by the SCCTD will be remodeled for more efficient operations. The first renovation will take place at the MetroLink Station on Sheel Street in Belleville, IL. A complete transformation of the 1,927 square foot space will include into a new open floorplan training facility. This space will also receive upgraded restrooms, automatic entry doors, and the addition of a break room.

The second renovation is a 1,725 square-foot space located on the 2nd floor at the Metro garage on 47th Street in East Saint Louis, IL. The existing open floor plan will receive an overdue upgrade with new, state-of-the-art, enclosed workstations, and a large central open area for collaborative meetings.

The third space is home to the Bi-State/Metro Credit Union and is also located in the 47th Street, East St. Louis building. This renovation will include the transformation of 1,427 square-feet into the new Administrative & Operations office. This interior remodel will offer a private office for the SCCTD Operations Manager, open workspace for additional operations support, a breakroom, and a new pass-through, walk-up counter at the entrance. IMPACT Strategies is working with architects at The Farnsworth Group on this project which will be completed in phases to allow the ATS operations to move seamlessly into their newly renovated spaces without disrupting their current operations and services.

IMPACT Strategies IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

IMPACT Strategies Completes HSHS Medical Group Building in Troy, IL


IMPACT Strategies recently completed a new medical clinic for HSHS Medical Group in Troy, IL. IMPACT was selected by the Romano Company to construct this facility. This is the 4th project that IMPACT Strategies has built to support the growth of HSHS Medical Group.

This 5,197 square-foot, single story location will serve as a general practice medical office for HSHS Medical Group. The new facility includes office space, a reception area, seven (7) exam rooms, nurses’ station, a break room, space for lab work, and more. IMPACT worked with Utz + Associates Architects and Netemeyer Engineering Associates on this project which was completed in December 2019.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

Contegra Construction Completes EXO Lounge And Nail Bar in Edwardsville, IL


Successful Debut has Founder Planning Expansion Locally and Nationally

The first-of-its-kind EXO Lounge and Nail Barhas successfully launched in Edwardsville, Ill, drawing patrons from Illinois, Missouri and across the Midwest according to its founder Gina Gamblin.  “It is an emergence of cultures and a true destination,” said Gamblin. “We are looking to expand locally and nationally.”  EXO offers an elegant cocktail lounge with manicure, pedicure and other restorative services in space that is carefully designed for the senses.  Contegra Construction Co. completed a more than 8,000-square-foot renovation to create the EXO Lounge and Nail Bar at the 157 Center complex.  For more information, visit

“The lounge offers endless possibilities for fun and relaxation for men and women and is open to the public for special events,” noted Gamblin. “It’s a place where woman can come for a girls night, guys can grab a drink after a long day golfing. The outdoor patio, due to launch in this spring will offer a relaxing vibe to enjoy a drink with friends.”

The cocktail lounge and nail bar work in harmony. The nail bar offers manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions and waxing.  From the European seating, customers enjoy a cocktail or beverage, ordering from EXO Lounge iPads at every station.  It also features a specialized ventilation system at every station to vent fumes from nail polish.  The lounge offers a relaxing social setting offering seasonal organic cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine and coffee.  During the week, happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and live music is offered on the weekends.

Contegra’s renovation features elegant finishes, including recessed and vaulted ceilings accented with gold paneling and brightened with ornate chandeliers.  Vibrant tile floor patterns enliven the nail bar.  The Nail Bar also features a video wall and a state-of-the-art audio visual system. The lounge area features darker flooring, a black Cambria Quartz bar top, velvet seating and a 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio area with fire pits.  Gamblin adds that seasonal aromas, fresh flowers, music and more create a soothing experience throughout the lounge and nail bar

The inviting entry features a white EIFS façade, a seamless black metal roof, Champaign bronze metal panels and a glass curtainwall to flood the interior with natural light.  The 15-foot clearstory entrance is ornamented with a large chandelier.

“Contegra did a great job delivering on my vision, effectively managing the budget and the work of subcontractors,” said Gamblin.

Joining Contegra on the project were EXO Lounge designer Shannon Petrou Design, Nail Bar designer Chris Grodeon and Ponto Solutions, designer of the video wall and audio visual system.

Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, medical, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Its capabilities include building developer- and owner-driven projects and site development.  Learn more at

Wiegmann Associates completes work on new Budnick Converting Incorporated HQ in Columbia, IL


Wiegmann Associates has completed HVAC work on the new corporate headquarters for Budnick Converting Incorporated in Columbia, IL. The 112,000-square-foot facility features a temperature-controlled warehouse required for stable storage of adhesive products, administrative offices and a cafe. Wiegmann Associates was the mechanical contractor for the design/build project. Kadean Construction was the general contractor and Gray Design Group was the architect.

To meet the strict temperature and humidity requirements of the facility’s 87,000-square-foot warehouse, Wiegmann installed a compressed air piping loop and constant volume rooftop units (RTU) with hot gas reheat coils to allow the units to cool and dehumidify the supply air and then use hot refrigerant to reheat the air to prevent overcooling of the space. A constant volume RTU conditions the cafe and 1,200-square-foot warehouse office.

A 20-zone variable volume HVAC system allows for optimal control and temperature regulation in the 25,000-square-foot main office area. Wiegmann also designed and installed a Direct Digital Control (DDC) system using Delta Controls for the main office equipment to allow remote access to the HVAC system through a web browser to maximize energy savings.

Budnick Converting is a full-service adhesive tape converter and distributor, specializing in tapes, foams, films, foils and other specialty materials.

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 innovative, energy saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries, including senior living, food and beverage distribution, warehouse, healthcare, commercial and industrial. For more information, visit or call (636) 940-1056.


Contegra Construction Co. Completes First Apartments of $26 Million Thirteen01 at Hartman Lakes Apartments in Shiloh, IL


The grand opening of Thirteen01 at Hartman Lakes on April 11, 2019 unveiled the first apartments and the clubhouse in the new $26 million residential development in Shiloh, Ill.  Edwardsville, Ill-based Contegra Construction Co. has completed three apartment buildings and developerGreenmount Retail Center, LLC. reports nearly 100 signed leases to date in the 216 unit, nine-building complex.  Contegra has also completed the amenity-laden clubhouse and expects to complete the remaining apartments by the summer.

The one- and two-bedroom residential community is situated on 17 acres at the northwest corner of Hartman Lane and Frank Scott Parkway in the Hartman Lakes development and features well-appointed living spaces, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, balconies, in-unit laundry rooms with washer and dryer and detached garages.

Community amenities include a clubhouse with fitness room, resort-style pool, gas grills, fire pit, walking trail and two lakes with fountains.

One-bedroom apartments start at $950 a month and two-bedroom start at $1,250 a month. For more information please visit

Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, medical, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Its capabilities include building developer- and owner-driven projects and site development.  Learn more at

Thirteen01 at Hartman Lakes is leased and managed by 2B Residential, an employee-owned, full-service multifamily real estate company and recipient of the 2018 Property Management Company of the Year by the St. Louis Apartment Association. 2B Residential is headquartered in St. Louis with a portfolio of fifteen properties totaling more than 2,900 units for ten different owners in the St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. and Southwestern Illinois markets. For more information, visit

Regional Leaders Celebrate Successful Debut of Metro Landing Of Swansea

Recently completed $11 million development adjacent to MetroLink is on track to be fully occupied by end of March, providing transportation options and independence for resident seniors

Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA) and Bywater Development Group joined with Bi-State Development and other key stakeholders and guests for the official ribbon cutting celebrating the grand opening of Metro Landing of Swansea. The $11 million, transit-oriented development (TOD) introduces senior apartment living adjacent to the Swansea MetroLink Station in Swansea, Ill., and has opened to strong demand. More than 40 of the 62 affordable one- and two-bedroom units have already been leased, and the property is on track to be full occupied before the end of March.

Located next to the Swansea MetroLink Station, the handsome, three-story Metro Landing of Swansea caters to adults seeking an independent lifestyle at an affordable cost. Residents will have car-free transportation options via MetroLink and MetroBus to conveniently access restaurants, retail, entertainment venues, recreational locations, employment centers, and medical facilities throughout the bi-state region. The Swansea Station is also located on the popular MetroBikeLink trail, so residents have the added bonus of being able to utilize the trail for exercise and recreation.

SWIDA and Bywater, which jointly developed the project, secured the majority of the financing from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), with additional construction financing provided by PNC Bank. Additional support came from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Ameren, along with the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department. The Federal Transit Administration also played a pivotal role in the project, providing the necessary approval for Bi-State Development to sell the ground at the transit center to the developers for this project.

Speaking at the ribbon cutting, SWIDA Chairman James Nations commented, “This project exemplifies how public-private partnerships, coupled with broad community support, can yield significant community benefit.  And, with the same focus on collaboration that made this development possible, SWIDA is committed to delivering similar projects, and their associated benefits, to other communities throughout our region.”

“This project is a perfect example of how we can work together to deliver smart transit-oriented development to the region,” said Taulby Roach, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bi-State Development. “We are ready to do more, and we are always looking for partners on that next development. Let’s continue to work together on projects like Metro Landing of Swansea, and find those new opportunities that can make a difference for the community, for the economy and for transit riders.”

Mike Lundy, Executive Director of SWIDA, said, “I couldn’t agree more that collaboration has been at the core of this project, and a driver of its success. We have all worked extremely hard to deliver a terrific development for the Village of Swansea, and we are thrilled to be opening to such strong demand.”

Swansea Mayor Mike Leopold also spoke at the event, highlighting the broader impact he expects the project to have. “While the facility has only recently been completed, it has already done exactly what we hoped it would do – serving as a catalyst for further development around this MetroLink station.  We are currently in talks with other developers who are exploring opportunities in this area because they see the success of this project.”

“Metro Landing is an excellent example of what can be accomplished through strong partnerships.  The result is a development that provides a very high-quality living environment for its residents, directly connects with Metro’s transit assets, stands to play a role in growing the region’s transit system, and is poised to be a catalyst for continued TOD efforts at the Swansea and other Metro Stations” said Aaron Burnett, President of Bywater Development Group.  “We extend our thanks to all the development partners, financial supporters and the extremely talented development team who have worked with vision and dedication to make this a reality.”

“Transit-oriented development drives economic growth. Since 2011, we’ve seen more than $8.3 billion in commercial development completed, under construction or reasonably committed within a half-mile of our 38 MetroLink stations,” said John Langa, Vice President of Economic Development at Bi-State Development. “For the community, projects like Metro Landing of Swansea are an investment in the local economy.”

Adding to the cause for celebration at Monday’s ribbon cutting was the recent news that Metro Landing of Swansea captured the 2019 Wyvetter H. Younge Award recognizing champions in affordable housing. The award was presented in late February at the 2019 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing, co-hosted by the Illinois Housing Council and IHDA. The Wyvetter H. Younge Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding affordable housing developments or initiatives in a metropolitan area outside of metropolitan Chicago.  Metro Landing of Swansea received the top score in that category, which seeks to honor developments and initiatives that improve quality of life for residents and the health of the overall community.

Working through a robust partnership, SWIDA and Bywater Development Group aim to build on the success of Metro Landing of Swansea and continue to contribute to the region’s active senior housing choices with three new communities that would also be developed in partnership. In Belleville, this partnership is actively leading the soon coming redevelopment the Historic Hotel Belleville/Meredith Home into the Lofts on the Square and, in Highland, these parties are working through predevelopment activities on a new 48-unit affordable senior housing development – Highland Villas. Both of these developments have been awarded IHDA tax credits and, pending the timing of closing on financing, could be under construction as early as Q2 of 2019.  In Carlyle, this team is laying the groundwork for another 48 units in the proposed Lakeside Villas.

St. Louis-based Altman Charter served as general contractor for Metro Landing, delivering the project in just 12 months, despite losing more than 40 construction days to rain and wet site conditions. Chicago-based Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects is the project architect, and the property is professionally managed by ND&S Management Company.

Rents start at $565 per month for a one-bedroom apartment and $705 for a two-bedroom apartment. For additional details, call 618-726-2094. 


The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority is a special-purpose, municipal corporation and local governmental unit whose purpose is to promote and enhance economic development within the counties of Bond, Clinton, Madison and St. Clair in Illinois. To learn more, visit

About Bywater Development Group
Bywater is a St. Louis-based development company primarily focused on affordable housing and community development.  The organization is presently active on a wide variety of developments and redevelopment initiatives  throughout the Midwest and Southeast regions of the country.  To learn more about Bywater’s activities as a developer and co-developer of high-quality affordable housing and informed, impactful community building please visit

Contegra Construction Named Business of the Year in Edwardsville



Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction Company – a homegrown Metro East firm known for building projects such as World Wide Technology and Amazon warehouse/distribution/fulfillment centers – was granted the City of Edwardsville’s “Business of the Year” award for its work and charitable efforts throughout 2018.

Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton presented Contegra President Eric Gowin with the honor during the city’s annual Business Forecast Breakfast on Feb. 5th.

“Contegra’s commitment to Edwardsville since its inception 15 years ago is monumental,” said Patton. “The firm’s work represents nearly 48 percent of the dollar value of all new permits issued by our city during 2018. Contegra is also deeply committed to community involvement, and the company hires eight interns from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville every year.”

Gowin said the company is blessed to be an active part of the fabric of a dynamic, growing community. “Our integrity is an essential part of our culture,” he said. “It drives our dedication to excellent service, which results in project success. We work closely with our clients and fellow professionals. By committing to a true partnership, we look out for everyone’s best interest. We’re delighted and humbled to accept this honor from the City of Edwardsville.”

Other Contegra projects include Ironworks, the 22,000-square-foot, mixed-use retail/residential development in Edwardsville that will reach completion in early spring, and New Poag Richland Residential, a nine-building, 486-bed privatized student housing development near SIUE.

Contegra’s nonprofit arm, Contegra Cares, regularly volunteers time, energy and financial support to causes including Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, The BackStoppers, St. Louis Children’s Hospital (KIDstruction), Songs 4 Soldiers and Pedal the Cause.

Photo Above: Eric Gowin

HDA Architects Completes Distribution Center for Panattoni Development in Edwardsville, IL


HDA Architects recently completed a 768,678 Square Foot Distribution Center (Lakeview 5) for Panattoni Development in Edwardsville, Illinois. The tilt-up panel warehouse is designed to have four tenants with office spaces at each corner of the building. This is the second Distribution Center HDA has designed at Lakeview Commerce Center for Panattoni Development. Kadean Construction was the General Contractor.

Edwardsville Construction Tops $122 Million With 2 Months Remaining



With 60 days left on the calendar, the City of Edwardsville can already say 2018 has been a record-breaking year with regard to commercial and residential construction dollars being pumped into the Metro East community.

Year-to-date figures for the first 10 months of 2018 indicate that construction projects breaking ground in Edwardsville thus far this year total a whopping $122.6 million, a 19.2 percent increase over all of 2017.

“We have another two months to go, and we’re anticipating another $15 million of construction projects coming through in additional permits,” said Walter Williams, director of economic and community development for the city. “This is our best year yet in terms of the number of construction dollars being invested in our community.”

Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction and Highland-based Plocher Construction are leading the way in new commercial construction projects this year, according to Williams.

New Poag Richland Residential Project

Among Contegra’s 2018 projects are the New Poag Richland Residential Project, a $20 million, 9-building, 486-bed housing community on a 15-acre site very near Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Timberlake Village, a $3.2 million retail center along Illinois Route 157 that features Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse.

Plocher Construction’s 2018 work in Edwardsville includes Edwardsville Town Center, a mixed-use development spanning 26 acres at Route 157 and Governors’ Parkway, directly across from SIUE. The $35 million, 75,000-square-foot-plus project will also feature residential apartments with multiple outlots for future tenants.

Williams said that in all of 2017, new construction dollars permitted by the City of Edwardsville totaled $102.8 million.

IMPACT Strategies Completes New Washington University Pediatric Facility in Shiloh, IL


Finishing in less than 3 months and ahead of schedule, IMPACT Strategies has completed the new Washington University* Pediatric Facility on Memorial Hospital East Campus in Shiloh, IL.

IMPACT Strategies worked closely with BJC HealthCare and Washington University Pediatrics, in partnership with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, to ensure their medical office, reception area, and exam rooms exceeded expectations. This will be the first Washington University Pediatrics multi-specialty office outside of Missouri, giving Illinois residents direct access to the exceptional services they have to offer.

IMPACT Strategies used a majority of local subcontractors and worked with Archimages as the architect on this project. The construction of this first-floor tenant finish was accomplished without any interruption to the daily operations of the active medical office building or patients navigating in and out of the building. 

*Services provided by Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Inc

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.