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Music Construction, V Three Studios Team to Complete Phase II Sverdrup Complex Work

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

Project partners Musick Construction and V Three Studios have completed an interior renovation at Webster University’s Sverdrup Complex.

The 2,700-square-foot space is in the School of Communications. The project, according to Musick Construction Vice President Neal Murphy, was part of an ongoing, phased effort to renovate the Sverdrup Complex. Interior renovation work began in May 2021 and completed in July 2021.

“Isolating the renovation area while keeping the rest of the Sverdrup Complex operational was a challenge,” said Murphy. “Completing all work in preparation for the students’ return in August also proved to be challenging, but we all made it happen.”

V Three Studios Principal/Owner Kurt Kerns said the space is directly adjacent to a previously renovated area in the Sverdrup Complex that was completed in 2018.

“It’s a versatile annex to the East Wing of the school’s primary communications building,” Kerns said. “The space serves as an audio/video equipment storage and check-out center for students.”

The just-completed space includes a cast concrete desk as a warehouse for placing audio/video equipment and slat wall coverings in the storage area to provide flexible options for storing equipment. A bold, color-blocked wall reminiscent of vintage TV test patterns greets visitors.

Musick Construction acted as the construction manager and has an ongoing working relationship with Webster University, as does V Three Studios.

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Tarlton Corp. Manages Webster University Parking Garage Expansion

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Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, is serving as construction manager on the $12 million expansion of the Garden Avenue Parking Garage at Webster University.

When completed in spring 2017, the 523,450-square-foot structure at 580 Garden Ave. will more than double the existing number of spaces in the garage and significantly boost Webster’s parking inventory on campus. The five-level precast concrete structure features thin-set brick, a drilled pier foundation and retaining walls, with Tarlton self-performing the structural concrete work.

The team is carrying out intensive construction while keeping the adjoining garage fully functional, with some areas closed intermittently during construction activities. Work includes deep excavation of more than 20 feet, with some drilled piers 38 feet deep. Precast concrete erection began in November, and interior work is scheduled to begin at the end of the year.

The commitment to safety is a critical component of the project. The team is navigating a mobile crane around overhead power lines and working in a tight staging area on an active college campus with high pedestrian and vehicular traffic. A high school campus is adjacent to the site and an active railroad line is within 100 feet of the building footprint.

“The Webster University Garden Avenue Parking Garage builds on our success as one of the region’s top construction managers and concrete experts,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “We are delighted to work on a project that will have such a positive impact on the Webster community.”

A live video feed of the garage expansion project can be found online at https://www.truelook.com/tl/app/?u=tw1469540660#tl_live.

The Tarlton construction management team includes Joe Scarfino, project director; Diane Grimsley, project manager; Alex Brown, project engineer; and Bill Foster, project superintendent. KWK Architects is project architect, with Walker Parking Consultants serving as structural engineer. Additional team members include Grimes Consulting, civil engineer; Webb Engineering Services, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection; and SWT Design, landscape architect.

Many Tarlton projects have been recognized for excellence in concrete work, including the first section of the MetroLink Cross County Extension, the Saint Louis Art Museum Expansion and the Mechanical Dynamics & Analysis High Speed Balance Facility, all winners of Quality Concrete Awards from the Concrete Council of St. Louis. In addition, Tarlton Vice President Steve Cronin was inducted in 2016 into the council’s Concrete Hall of Fame.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, Webster University www.webster.edu comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with nearly 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the life science, higher education, health care, commercial, power and industrial markets. Tarlton also has special expertise in concrete construction, concrete restoration and hydrovac services. Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail