The Hicor Group, a minority certified (MBE) General Contractor in St. Louis, today announced plans to renovate a historically significant 7000 square foot residence at 3201 Washington Avenue and relocate its headquarters to the building this Fall. Renovation of the former Bronson Residence, a 131-year-old Late Victorian house listed on the National Historic Register, will cost $1.1 million and begin this month. The Hicor Group will self-perform the carpentry and concrete portions of the construction work.
The Hicor Group specializes in residential and commercial renovation and historic preservation work, and also provides general contracting and carpentry services on other commercial construction and multi-family projects. Founded in 2014, the company is a MBE and an SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Chameleon Integrated Services (Chameleon). Andrew Stafford, a ten year veteran of the historic restoration and construction industry, is President of The Hicor Group and Brian Hubbell, formerly with Paric and K&S Associates, is Vice President of Operations.
“The renovation will include new walls, flooring, ceilings, lighting and electrical systems on the interior and upgrades to the exterior including a new roof and masonry wall to upgrade the building to 21st century standards,” Stafford said. “When completed, our new headquarters will showcase our company’s capabilities in historic restoration while allowing us to become a proud anchor and symbol of this revitalized neighborhood.”
The Washington Avenue property is being redeveloped by Acree-Kelley LLC, which bought the house in 2014. The property is located next to Chameleon’s headquarters inside the former Central States Life Insurance Building, now known as the Barnett on Washington, at 3207 Washington. Drew Acree and Jeff Kelley of Acree-Kelley LLC are also co-founders of Chameleon, which provides Information Technology support services to agencies and organizations worldwide.
“We first worked with Andrew on the renovation of our corporate headquarters and saw a good fit between his business knowledge and our management controls, funding resources and sustainability,” said Kelley. “So we formed The Hicor Group and brought Andrew on board to formally blend these strengths. Hicor now has 15 full time employees and has since expanded into the hospitality, healthcare and other construction market sectors.”
The Hicor Group office is currently located inside Chameleon’s headquarters at the Barnett on Washington building at 3207 Washington. For more information on The Hicor Group, visit www.thehicorgroup.com.
Founded in 2003, Chameleon is a minority and SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).