Contegra Construction Co. Building Maintenance Facility for Donco, LLC


Facility Will Serve Donco’s Fleet Maintenance Needs for Its Growing Business 

Robust growth in utility meter service and gas distribution construction is prompting Donco,LLC to build a new shop maintenance facility to more efficiently serve its customers.  Donco has tapped Contegra Construction Co. to build a 21,500-square-foot maintenance and office facility at Lake Front Parkway in Edwardsville, Ill.  The building will emerge from the ground in September, but already specialized radiant heat flooring is being installed.  Contegra is targeting an end of year completion for the building.

As Donco and our customers continue to grow, so does our fleet of vehicles and specialized equipment,” said Candice Fowler, Donco president and owner.  “This expansion will allow us to provide a wide array of services to minimize the total life-cycle cost of vehicles and equipment, while improving efficiency and reducing down time for our work force.” Donco’s service fleet consists of more than 200 vehicles. It serves customers in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.

A key feature of the maintenance facility is the 4,000 linear feet of hot water piping embedded in the floor of the maintenance zone to efficiently provide radiant heating.  The pre-engineered metal structure building will feature insulated tilt-up panels and a metal roof.  It will be accessed via 10 large overhead doors.

Donco’s fleet will be maintained in eight service bays equipped with engine diagnostics and drop hoses for venting exhaust.  The building also features an infrared-heated wash bay.  The building includes 3,000 square feet of office space and a mezzanine storage area.

Donco, LLC is a woman-owned firm serving Illinois and the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. It also recently received a world-class certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and ranks No. 26 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s list of 50 fastest-growing private companies and No. 17 on the publication’s list of largest woman-owned businesses.

Donco has more than 300 employees in five divisions: metering and gas construction services, electrical design (Utility Design Services), information technology (Fowler Technology Services) and management services (Fowler Management Services).  For more information about Donco, LLC go to

Joining Contegra on the project are JF Electric, Icon Mechanical, Bergmann-Roscow Plumbing, Kane Fire Protection, Keller Construction, Federal Steel and VeeJay Cement Contracting.

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


Net Zero, LLC Breaks Ground on Saint Louis Park Place Residential Community in NorthSide Regeneration Development


Three Display Models for Energy-Efficient, Single-Family Homes Under Construction

Net Zero, LLC broke ground in January on three display homes for its much-anticipated Saint Louis Park Place residential community within the NorthSide Regeneration development in North St. Louis City. Net Zero purchased lots from NorthSide Regeneration to build 250 energy-efficient, single-family homes adjacent to the site of the future multibillion-dollar National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Western Headquarters.

The display homes, under construction at the intersection of Montgomery and 20th streets, are expected to be completed in April, according to Net Zero owner Dwight Arant and his builder Jon Bish, with construction of sold homes set to begin this spring.  Arant, a former Marine and retired businessman who was born and spent his early childhood in North St. Louis City, said he is looking forward to bringing more residents back to the community that his family once called home.

“We are excited to be working with NorthSide Regeneration to bring this residential community project to North St. Louis City,” said Arant. “Saint Louis Park Place will provide much-needed housing for the existing community and future employees of NGA and St. Louis as a whole. While setting the standard for energy efficiency in new homes, the homes are designed to align with the historical characteristics of  the area.”

The new homes are designed by St. Louis-based architect Klitzing Welsch Associates. Prices for the homes will be set after the display homes are completed, and are expected to range in size from 1,200 to more than 3,000 sq. ft.  One, two- and three-story models will be available with a range of options.  All the homes will have the potential to be “Net Zero”, which means the homes will produce enough renewable energy (from solar PV) to power themselves. This means that utility bills to heat, cool and power the homes will be very low, or eliminated.

A website is under construction and will provide more information about Net Zero, LLC and Saint Louis Park Place. Visit to obtain more information, which will be available as the website development team works to complete the website.

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(Photo credit Justin Terry)

NorthSide Regeneration (NSR) is a mixed-use community development – a self-sustaining neighborhood of people, cultures, economic opportunity, safety and education with the infrastructure and growth to support key, necessary services for the community. The original development encompasses over 1,500 acres and borders downtown St. Louis. Jobs have always been the primary motivator for NSR with a goal of more than 43,000 construction jobs and 22,000 permanent jobs generated by the development’s activity.


The UP Companies Expands with Addition of Hustle UP, LLC


The UP Companies (UPCO) has expanded its family of companies dedicated to serving owners, general contractors and subcontractors in St. Louis with the addition of Hustle UP.

Hustle UP is an MBE-certified business offering general labor, selective demolition, general clean up, site maintenance and final cleaning services. Hustle UP joins The UP Companies’ design and build collaborative, which also includes Power UP Electrical Contractors, Square UP Builders and Keep UP Services.

Paul Renaud, General Manager of Hustle UP, will oversee the expansion of Hustle UP and focus on recruiting local residents for employment. Hustle UP offers a highly diverse and extremely productive union workforce. All field staff are third party fit-tested and complete a thorough safety orientation before being deployed to any project.

“A professionally managed, financially sound, and reliable business of this nature is long overdue in our region,” said Renaud. “It also creates a clear path forward to execute on our vision to provide meaningful career opportunities for the underutilized workforce in St. Louis and surrounding neighborhoods and to participate in the economic development of our region.”

The addition of Hustle UP further strengthens The UP-SIDE Advantage™, which amounts to the efficiencies and pricing benefits customers receive when combining the services of Power UP, Square UP and Keep UP to create the “best value per square foot” in the Midwest.

“With the full support of our family of companies, we have the resources, capacity and reputation to support contractors’ laborer needs immediately and efficiently,” Renaud added.

Hustle UP, located at 2060 Craigshire Road in St. Louis County, is part of local laborers unions 42 and 110 and has a growing client list that includes Marschel Wrecking, Hayden Contracting, PARIC Corporation, HBD Construction and KAI Build.

“Our Hustle UP commitment to improving contractor’s needs are groundbreaking in this region and further allows us to better serve our community with local residents on local construction projects,” said UPCO President Michael B. Kennedy, Jr. “We want to inspire and set a trend for our neighbors by offering employment and opportunity in their hometown.”

To learn more about Hustle UP, check out their new website at

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies. UPCO’s firms are Square UP Builders, a primary source of high-quality commercial and residential rough and finish carpentry and drywall services employing over 200 carpenters and laborers. For more information, go to or call 314.865.3888.


Tech Electronics Acquires Fire Detection Systems, LLC


Technology Services Provider starts 2017 with expansion into new region

United by a common business culture, Tech Electronics, has acquired Fire Detection Systems, LLC. Both companies are privately-owned manufacture-certified installers of Notifier fire alarm systems with strong presences in the construction industry.

Tech Electronics, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a leading provider of life safety and communication technology solutions now with seven locations throughout the United States. The company’s strategic growth goals include achieving 100 million in revenue by the year 2022 through continued geographic expansion, innovation and expanded service offerings. The purchase of Fire Detection Systems LLC, based in Denver Colorado, extends Tech Electronics’ service coverage and contributes to the goal of becoming a super-regional technology services organization.

“We are excited about the new business venture and the expansion of Tech Electronics solutions and services into a new region,” said Kurt Canova, President of Tech Electronics. “Fire Detection Systems’ reputation as a life safety technology provider and strong company culture seamlessly align with our mission and strategy for growth.”

Founded in 2003, Fire Detection Systems, LLC is a $6.5 million dollar company with 28 employees, making it Tech Electronics’ largest acquisition to date. Fire Detection Systems, LLC will continue to operate under the same leadership and provide the same services as Tech Electronics of Colorado.

“The expertise, products, and services that come with Tech Electronics will not only be beneficial for our customers but our employees as well,” says Rich Vance, Owner of Fire Detection Systems, LLC. “We are choosing to grow with a company that has the future of our industry and employees in mind.”

Fire Detection Systems, LLC is the seventh location and fourth acquisition for Tech Electronics in the past six years. The family-owned company, whose fiscal ends in March, is expecting to close out the year at over $60 million and with this is acquisition 2017 projected revenues is $67 million.

Tech Electronics is a technology services organization headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with a network of regional offices in Columbia & Springfield, MO, Bloomington & Chicago, IL and Indianapolis, IN.