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Pinnacle Contracting, E + A Architecture Converting U City’s Hawthorne School into Living Units

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A historic school building in University City that served young learners from 1913-2011 is getting new life, thanks to developer Matthew Masiel (Screaming Eagle Development LLC), E + A Architecture and Pinnacle Contracting.

By Oct. 1, the former Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School at 1351 North Hanley Road will become Hawthorne Apartments and Townhomes. Pinnacle Contracting Vice President of Operations Tim McLaughlin said the creative project represents a blend of historical rehabilitation with new construction, all on a total footprint of 68,664 square feet.

Demo and abatement began in mid-December 2018 on the $6.9 million renovation effort. By late January, construction and historic rehab began. A total of 35 apartments are being created in the original three-story school building, and 12 brand-new townhomes will occupy space that once belonged to the school playground and parking lot.

“Thankfully, University City kept the building in great condition after it stopped functioning as a school (in late 2011),” said McLaughlin. “This is such a creative and challenging project because each living unit we’re creating in the original school building is unique. Nothing repeats itself in terms of design. spatial considerations and alignments.”

To comply with guidelines and requirements specific to the National Register of Historic Places, project partners needed to design and construct living unit floorplans within existing, longstanding features that once belonged to the school and that were to be saved and rehabbed – such as classrooms, the gymnasium floor and fine arts performance stage. To this end, McLaughlin said, one of the two units taking shape within that area of the school building will feature the original gym floors, 35-foot-high ceilings and two stories of living space. Where the stage once held young performers as far back as 97 years ago, there will now be a club room for residents.

Rob Truebe, project manager with Guarantee Electrical Co., is also working on the Hawthorne School conversion and new build. Truebe said GECO is partnering with Ameren Missouri to provide two electrical meter centers – one on each end of the original school building – and a house panel.

“The 12 townhomes on the back side of the property will also get an Ameren transformer and a meter center,” said Truebe. “Pinnacle has added all new drywall ceilings in what were the original school building’s interior corridors so that we can install our conduits and MC cables (insulated circuit conductors) out of sight. The intent is to hide as much of the mechanical equipment as possible, so it doesn’t detract from the historical beauty and significance of this school building.” GECO is working in tandem with J. Bathe Electric Co. on this project.

Partial masonry restoration has been performed on the building’s original façade and several new storefront entrances have been created.

McLaughlin said Pinnacle will again join with E + A Architecture in 2019 to rehab and convert the Lyon School in the Patch neighborhood of South St. Louis into apartments. Both schools were originally designed by renowned St. Louis architect William B. Ittner.


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

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Pinnacle 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.

Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. Selected Construction Manager for $5.7 Million Performing Arts Center at Jefferson High School

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Project Will Create a New 650-Seat Theatre/Auditorium

Jefferson County R-VII School District has tapped St. Louis-based Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. as construction manager for a $5.7 million Performing Arts Center at Jefferson High School, 7 Blue Jay Way, in Festus, Mo.

Pinnacle is targeting a July 2017 completion for the single-story, 22,000-square-foot addition that will be highlighted by a 650-seat auditorium with lobby and include a shop and black box as well as storage and support areas for the theatre.  Paving, site utilities, concrete and other exterior modifications are other elements of the assignment. Jefferson High School currently covers 66,895 square feet.

“The addition of the Performing Arts Center will offer every student in the Jefferson School District the opportunity to receive a world-class education. Brain research has shown the importance of arts for the total development of the child. This addition is just one more step in process of helping every child reach his or her full potential,” said Clint Johnston, superintendent, Jefferson R-VII School District.

St. Louis, Mo.-based Ebersoldt + Associates is project architect.

Founded in 1998 in St. Louis by Tom McLaughlin, P.E., and Nelson Grumney, Jr., Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. provides general contracting, construction management and design/build services to a national clientele.

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