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By Linda F. Jarrett

While last year’s numbers indicated a more robust than usual economy, this year has shown an increase in line with what Associated General Contractor’s President Len Toenjes describes as “more consistent with the general economic growth for the region.” Man-hours worked between July 2004 and July 2005 increased five percent, while year-to-date man-hours increased four percent.

In order to get a true grasp on how the industry is faring, Commerce Magazine asked four local construction executives for their opinions on the State of the Industry: Len Toenjes; Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corporation; Paul Shaughnessy, president, BSI Constructors; and
Bob Brinkmann, president, Brinkmann Constructors.

Len Toenjes
Associated General Contractors

Tracy Hart
Tarlton Corporation

Paul Shaughnessy
BSI Constructors

Bob Brinkmann
Brinkmann Constructors

COMMERCE MAGAZINE: How did the commercial construction industry fair in 2005?

Toenjes: Tracking the work hours performed by the basic construction trade (that’s the carpenters, iron workers, cement masons, operating engineers and laborers) is usually a good barometer of overall construction activity, and we’re seeing a growth trend.

I anticipate that we will see a significant amount of activity as we get into the first quarter of this year with the new Busch Stadium, the new, recently-announced Pinnacle Casino downtown, the continuation of MetroLink and the new federal highway funding coming on line. My crystal ball says we should see a four or five percent increase in construction business over 2004.

Hart: It’s interesting, we’ve received mixed reviews from the contractors and subcontractors. It was a great year for some, not so hot for others. It appears that a strong market continues to be on an upswing. The underlying question for the future is the impact Hurricane Katrina could have on our industry and on investment opportunities.

Shaughnessy: Our firm has been fortunate to experience several strong years in a row, and 2005 will be no different. My impression is that for most builders, 2005 will be an improvement over 2004. In general, it looks like our revenues in 2005 will be up probably 25 to 30 percent from 2004. Last year was a good year, but it was a year when we had to scrape to make it good. We didn’t know until about three-fourths of the way through that it was good. Whereas, this year, we knew early on that we were going to have a good, solid year. From all personal perspectives, there seems to be more opportunities in the construction industry.

Brinkmann: Retail construction remains strong. Our development community has done an excellent job of identifying areas of pent-up demand for consumer shopping convenience and attracting the right mix of retailers to meet consumer tastes and needs. THF Realty’s Maplewood Commons and Chesterfield Commons symbolize two forms of this visionary approach.

We saw greater demand for building specialized medical facilities, particularly surgery centers. A common thread is the need to deliver these inherently complex projects quickly and cost efficiently to serve burgeoning medical needs driven by aging baby boomers.

In downtown St. Louis, the momentum is growing for various urban lifestyle concepts. With the renovated Old Post Office scheduled to debut in 2006, the pace of renovation at nearby landmark structures for lofts, condos, retail and offices is very encouraging. The new stadium and planned Ballpark Village are steering some of that momentum.

Office construction demand remains the laggard. Significant speculative development is rare. The region needs to attract new employers from outside the St. Louis area while retaining existing users to strengthen demand for office space. One bright spot was Express Scripts’ decision to remain in St. Louis and build its new headquarters here.

What do you see as major trends in the industry for 2006?

Toenjes: I think we are going to see continued investment in our infrastructure. Certainly the passage of the federal transportation bill will bring more projects into the state. I believe we’ll see continued investment in the downtown area with the new Pinnacle Casino project.

Washington University has a significant amount of work going on, and educational funding appears to be strong. As a result of the tragedy that occurred in New Orleans, I’m hopeful that the general public understands that we need to make some investments in our infrastructure. The Corps of Engineers has done significant studies for what needs to be done with our lock and dam system on the Upper Mississippi River. I don’t think we pay enough attention to the river, but I think we’re looking at a lot of potential investment in construction activity in locks and dams, and that whole system.

Another issue we’ll be looking at in 2006 is our wastewater treatment. On the MSD (Metropolitan Sewer District) side of things, I think we’ll see some action to deal with the storm water and wastewater needs, and some clean water investment.

In looking at overall trends for 2006, it will be a strong year for infrastructure and education, but not so much for hotels and entertainment.

Hart: One of the interesting things we’ve seen is contractors putting together a development arm like McEagle and Paric have done. Clayco also has a development group, and these are becoming integral to their companies. I think this is a trend that we’ll continue to see regarding consolidation of services for a turnkey process. In construction, it’s who’s going to get to the job first, who’ll have the inside track, and how you can position yourself to be the provider of choice. And if you’re able to add a development piece in some of these areas, it enhances your opportunity.

Shaughnessy: Over the past few years, our firm’s work has been heavily concentrated in and around the City of St. Louis. Much development in this area has been driven by residential construction, particularly condominium and apartment. While we see this continuing, I believe that 2006 is going to see the beginnings of a boom in non-residential construction in the City and inner ring suburbs. Residential construction has led urban renewal for several years now. I think retail and office will begin to follow suit in 2006.

Much work in the city’s central corridor was residential driven. Now we are seeing people looking at office and retail that follows residential. We’ve seen that trend in other cities, and we’re glad to see it happen here. Since the hurricane, some suppliers and contractors are very wary of price shocks like those we had a year and a half ago in the steel market. I personally think it should not, in the long run, make much difference next year, but I fear that people being defensive could cause prices to shoot up in the short term, making some jobs more marginal from an economic standpoint.

Brinkmann: Aging baby boomers will continue to drive a significant number of building projects, ranging from convenient right-sized healthcare facilities to new retail concepts and more carefree lifestyles found in urban and inner suburb multifamily developments. The healthcare industry nationally tops $16 billion in market size. We have half a dozen healthcare facilities in the pipeline and anticipate further penetration in 2006.

Retail construction should keep pace with population trends, both in the suburbs and in established, but underserved areas. In the city and inner ring suburbs, the desire to attract and retain residents while building the tax base will drive plans to renovate or develop new shopping venues.

In downtown St. Louis, the debut of the new stadium next year will shine the national spotlight on the city’s revitalization, which should drive more development dollars into loft and condominium development.

What are the main obstacles the industry faces in the St. Louis region?

Toenjes: One obstacle we could face is material costs, in the potential for some significant increase. That could impact every market, not just St. Louis.

Regarding Hurricane Katrina, when natural gas goes up, gas supplies could be limited. That means that the cost of steel production rises and steel prices could increase 10 to 20 percent. Cement prices are going up those same lines, so we could be looking at some double digit increases in material prices over the next 12 months.

Some civic leaders have made a significant effort to make St. Louis a biotech research region, which could be a future issue. I think that if restrictive legislation is put in place, there could be a problem for economic development, which certainly impacts construction. It is not like we’re the only game in town. The Illinois governor has announced come one, come all, and we’re not competing against Illinois. We’re competing against North and South Korea, and India. A lot of patents on this research come from the Pacific Rim—those are our competitors. But it has a huge impact on our industry. Building the lab space and constructing the whole CORTEX investment through the central corridor is a significant investment. That’s not a Wal-Mart or Target.

Hart: I think the biggest thing, since we don’t know what Katrina’s effect will be, could be increased material pricing which may delay some development or some commercial investment, while the market evens out. From a St. Louis perspective, I think our biggest challenge is providing the most productive project we can in making our environment as friendly as possible for investment opportunities. It was encouraging to see what Gov. Blunt and the legislature were able to do last session for tort reform and workmen’s compensation. Those are great steps for making our area more attractive.

We’re able to enjoy quality health care with the strong research institutions here. On the commercial side, we have life sciences research that goes on here and we certainly wouldn’t want to leave those opportunities behind.

Shaughnessy: First, the possible effects of a backlash from the recent Supreme Court decision on eminent domain could inhibit commercial development. While there are valid arguments on both sides of the eminent domain debate, affected property owners must be fairly compensated. Without the option of eminent domain in the right circumstances, the momentum that exists in rebuilding urban communities could come to a screeching halt. The progress in rebuilding residential communities in the city is well known. To ensure the stability of these communities, these new city dwellers must have places to work and shop. If we believe a thriving urban community is important for our region, then we have to maintain eminent domain as a viable option to allow the assemblage of property for uses that benefit the community as a whole.

Second, our industry faces an ongoing challenge of keeping costs competitive with other parts of the country. Our construction trade wages are higher than many of the cities we compete with for new investment. So it is important that our construction productivity be high enough to offset the higher wages. That is not always the case. As an industry we need to really fight for our competitive position to make building in St. Louis attractive to both outsiders and local businesses.

Third, several price shocks have hit our industry over the past eighteen months in commodities such as steel, drywall, and petroleum-based products, and these have led to higher rates of construction inflation than we have seen in many years. This has made good development deals look marginal, and made some marginal ones not worth doing. Until the prices of existing properties and rents catch up, it will make new construction less attractive by comparison. Construction commodity pricing trends affect the industry as a whole, not just St. Louis.

Brinkmann: The loss of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as a hub has made the region a harder sell for attracting development dollars. Losing an asset like that puts considerable pressure on pricing construction projects. More than any other city, we have always had to be diligent about managing our costs because value, productivity and proficient delivery are driving decisions to invest in capital projects. It’s a team effort and I’m pleased to see the region’s construction labor-management organization, PRIDE, getting that message out to all stakeholders in the industry.

What is the state of the construction crafts in St. Louis, particularly with young people who may just be graduating high school?

Toenjes: Right now, we are not having any trouble attracting qualified applicants. We had our first graduating class from the Construction Career Center at Charter High School last year. We are looking at taking some more effective steps in integrating and diversifying our construction work force. I think because of the quality of life here in St. Louis and the labor-management relations we’ve been able to build over the last several years, that it’s an attractive industry for young people to enter. I don’t know of any specific apprenticeship program that
is having difficulty finding enough people. I think the qualifications and preparedness of young people and understanding the industry, and understanding what it takes to be a construction worker are issues that we’re all dealing with, and that the Charter High School is a good positive first step.

Hart: We currently are not at full employment in the trades, but we anticipate that there is going to be an increased need for construction tradesman; and it will create opportunity for those graduating. For instance, the Construction Career Center graduated 35 students and, I think, roughly two-thirds of those students are interested in entering the trades, some of which have capacity for apprentices.

Also, since the educational arm of the Magic House partners with AGC, and different contractors volunteer to teach construction through math and science skills, we’re seeing an increased interest in the construction industry. Our ongoing mission is to make the industry attractive to young people entering it. It’s a long mission, not solved overnight. While today there may not be many opportunities, these opportunities are coming.

Shaughnessy: College isn’t for everybody. The construction trades have been, and remain, a great option for someone who elects not to go to college—and even some who do. But sometimes there is a misperception that the trades are a default answer for someone who doesn’t do well in school. That is not at all the case. It takes a fairly high level of maturity to succeed in the construction trades. In fact, I’ve been told that the average age of a new apprentice in
St. Louis is 27 years old.

Another challenge is transportation. The job typically requires that employees get themselves to whatever jobsites they are assigned to that day. Many new high school graduates don’t have a car on a daily basis. In spite of the challenges, the construction trades represent an outstanding career opportunity for the high school graduate who possesses the proper work habits, aptitude, and means of transportation. Recent demographic studies indicate that demand will outstrip supply in the years to come, so the industry has been actively promoting interest in the trades among young people.

Brinkmann: We build all over the country, but nowhere do we see as much investment going into union construction craft training as here in St. Louis. We have a well-earned reputation for having the best-trained workforce in the country. Yet high school students need to be better informed about construction careers, so we can sustain our industry’s future workforce. We also need to blaze pathways that reach into the inner city and our growing immigrant community to open construction career opportunities to them. In addition, we need to cultivate our future workforce through the many fine higher education programs that are
producing the engineers of tomorrow. The University of Missouri-Rolla is a tremendous asset in this regard. At Brinkmann, we employ 23 engineering graduates from UM-Rolla. It’s an outstanding institution.

How can St. Louis attract more commercial construction of the type that would boost our economy?

Toenjes: I think we need to aggressively understand the decision-making. We have to direct major corporations and folks
that are looking to relocate to St. Louis. As we’ve seen more integration across every level of the economy, those decisions are made on return on investment. We have to aggressively market to folks outside the St. Louis region that the return on investment for their construction dollar in St. Louis is the best in the United States.

We are working with the RCGA, labor unions, and the education community to prepare our project managers to insure that the St. Louis construction industry can deliver the best return on investment for the construction dollar anywhere in the United States. That’s our goal. We’re not there yet, but that’s how we bring more industry into St. Louis.

Hart: I think a lot is being done now. Downtown has become an exciting place. One of the things RCGA did was have their leadership trip here in St. Louis this year. Traditionally, they have gone to other cities to bring back new ideas. This year, we’re looking at St. Louis through the eyes of someone looking at us. This will give us an opportunity to critique and evaluate ourselves.

Continuing to provide business-friendly legislation, like we did in the last session with tort reform and workman’s compensation is also a way to attract further opportunities. I would love to see the city and county come together.

The Old Post Office coming on line will bridge the north and south areas of Downtown. We will have Greenways for bike riding and paths that circle the area. We have to believe that St. Louis is achieving some successes and share that with those that are making that possible. RCGA is doing great things with its economic development campaign and I hope it yields some great results. It’s exciting to hear Express Scripts is locating at UMSL.

Shaughnessy: The obvious answer is to work to make St. Louis a very “friendly” place to build. Local government has a lot to say about that. Our experience is that the City of St. Louis is very supportive of responsible development, and minimizing the red tape that can stifle development. But a less obvious means of attracting more commercial construction is to make St. Louis a place where smart, talented people want to live. We have a tremendous heritage here. And our cultural resources and attractions far surpass those of any city our size. The quality of life here is a key element in attracting and retaining the “entrepreneurial class.” By being good stewards of our cultural resources—the public/private partnership that rehabilitated Forest Park is a great example. We are actually promoting the economic future of our region as well.

Brinkmann: We need to work past provincial thinking and energize our efforts to bind our communities on both sides of the Mississippi River as a region. Interestingly, we have a couple of construction projects that can be rallying cries for a regional approach to competing with other cities—the new ballpark and the planned new Mississippi River bridge downtown. In addition, we need to cultivate a business-friendly climate so growing businesses will have good reasons to stay and continue growing here. Retention of companies ranging from Express Scripts to those graduating from local incubators is just as important as attracting new businesses to the region.

Affton High School Student Commons
Location:8309 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO
General Contractor:McGrath & Associates
Engineer: Tennill & Associates
Cost: $1.1 million
Completion Date: Fall 2004
Size: 10,000 square feet
Architect: Christner Inc.

The Affton School District enlisted McGrath & Associates to build Affton Hall, a 10,000-square-foot, $1.1 million project at Affton High School. A new 5,000-square-foot cafe-like patio opens into a remodeled cafeteria, named Cougar Hall, which now features a coffee kiosk and a store-like area.

Construction on an addition began while the campus was in use and McGrath worked on a tight two-month schedule to finish the entire project by the start of the 2004-2005 school year. McGrath used just-in-time deliveries and careful planning to avoid disturbing students, teachers and bus drivers. A student committee helped plan the new student commons as an uplifting place for students to eat and learn. The facility has boosted school spirit and created a new sense of community pride.

Allen Market Lane Apartments
Location: Soulard neighborhood, City of St. Louis
General Contractor: Brinkman Constructors
Leasing Representative: McCormack Baron Ragan Management Services
Developer: McCormack Baron Salazar
Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Cost: $11.7 million
Completion Date: Summer 2005
Size: 96,000 square feet
Architect: Trivers Associates

The historic renovation called for Brinkmann to upgrade living space with minimal disruptions to the senior residents of Allen Market Lane Apartments. Brinkmann renovated the building in stages to accommodate approximately 70 tenants living in the apartments. Originally constructed in 1904 for Brown Shoe Co., the building later was occupied by an International Hat Co. subsidiary, Mexican-American Hat Co. giving it the nickname the “Mexican hat factory.” It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Key elements of the renovation include new carpets, kitchens and baths and raising ceilings from eight to 10 feet. Common areas and the central laundry were also enlarged. Non-historic windows were replaced and the property was landscaped. The building houses 93 one-bedroom and seven two-bedroom apartments.

Acme Erectors Inc.

AmerenUE-Venice CTG Units 3 and 4
Location: Venice, IL
General Contractor:McCarthy Building Companies
Engineer: Black & Veatch Corporation
Cost: Undisclosed
Completion Date: July 13, 2005
Architect: Black & Veatch

Originally scheduled as a 14-month project, the installation of two 180MW combustion turbine generators at Ameren’s Venice, Ill. plant was completed by McCarthy in just eight months.

Self-performance was key to completing the project on Ameren’s compressed schedule. Crews performed pile driving, concrete, millwright, ironwork and boilermaker work.

Both units started up with no construction-related problems and have been running nearly everyday to provide reliable, efficient, clean power to Ameren’s residential and business customers.

Sachs Electric

Annex Lofts
Location: 1511 Locust Street, City of St. Louis
General Contractor: Clayco
Developer: Orchard Development

Engineer: Stock & Associates (civil), Alper Audi Inc. (structural), SystemAire Inc. (mechanical)
Cost: $11,000,000
Completion Date: August 2005
Size: 136,890 square feet
Architect: Forum Studio Inc.

The Annex Lofts is a 77-unit residential development located in a 1920s-era building. Owners can specify interior finishes that complement the texture of exposed brick, high ceilings and striking support columns found throughout. A variety of open floor plans for studio, one- and two-bedroom units are available. All units have open kitchens and dining areas with flexible space for living rooms and home office options as well as large main room windows and floating floor systems. Many units are customized with step-up living rooms and loft bedroom areas, including some with clerestory windows. Each unit includes washer-dryer hookups and one or more baths and spacious closets. Particular attention has been paid to soundproofing walls between units, as well as providing secure storage lockers in the building’s lower level.

Aquinas Institute of Theology
Location: 3701 Forest Park Parkway, City of St. Louis
General Contractor: Paric Corporation
Developer: Rick Zimmerman, Rick Yackey and Bill Bruce

Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers (structural), Poehlman & Prost Inc. (civil)
Cost: $5.5 million
Completion Date: late 2006
Size: 38,000 square feet
Architect: Chiodini Associates

The 100-year-old Standard Adding Machine factory in mid-town St. Louis is on its way to becoming home to Aquinas Institute of Theology, one of the largest Catholic graduate schools of theology in the country. The historic building at 3701 Forest Park Parkway was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The project will create offices, classrooms, a library and a chapel in the 38,000-square-foot renovation.

The project challenges Paric to preserve historic elements of the building while creating functional space. The renovation will maintain the historic character by creating loft-like space framed by the exposed heavy timbers, brick and stone that comprise the original interior of the two-story structure.

Biomedical Systems Corporation Headquarters
Location: 77 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO
Design-Build Contractor: The Korte Company
Developer: Biomedical Systems
Engineer: Alper Audi Inc.
Cost: $7.2 million
Completion Date: May 31, 2005
Size: 45,200 square feet
Architect: Korte Design Inc.

Biomedical Systems Corporation Headquarters was created as a three-story, 45,200-square-foot building. The exterior is a combination of brick veneer; cast stone trim with reflective glass windows and curtain wall. The program called for the third floor space to be greater than the lower two, which was achieved by holding the exterior face on the east side of the first two floors back from the third, creating an overhang supported by two-story free-standing clustered tube columns that are both aesthetic and structural. The curved southwest corner faces the adjacent interstate with a third floor balcony off the boardroom. Stainless steel and clear aluminum accents were used in the railing system. Above the third floor, a translucent clerestory accentuates the use of natural and indirect lighting throughout the interior spaces.

Alper Audi Inc., Cole & Associates Inc., Color-Art Integrated Interiors Inc., Guarantee Electrical Co., Subsurface Constructors Inc.

The Bottle District
Location: St. Louis, MO
General Contractor: Clayco
Developer: BDP LLC
Engineer: Stock & Associates (civil), Alper Audi Inc. (structural)
Cost: +/- $290,000,000
Completion Date: Spring 2007 (Phase 1)
Size: 900,000 square feet (four phases)
Architect: Studio Libeskind and Forum Studio Inc.

St. Louis’ first true entertainment district, The Bottle District will include approximately 900,000 square feet of entertainment, dining, residential and retail.

Located north of the Edward Jones Dome and bound by Broadway, Seventh Street and I-70, this 16-acre project will accelerate the redevelopment of the city and in particular downtown St. Louis and Laclede’s Landing.

Daytime attractions will offer entertainment for the whole family. At night, the district will transform into a unique evening experience with restaurants, shops, clubs and live entertainment. Ample secure parking will be provided and up to 150,000 square feet of historic buildings will be redeveloped into loft residential. Office space will be available with retail located at the street level. In addition, 300-500 new condominium units with spectacular 360-degree views are planned. This multi-phase project will span several years.

Caledonia Lifestyle Center
Location: O’Fallon, MO
General Contractor: Paric Corporation
Leasing Representative: McEagle Properties
Developer: McEagle Properties
Engineer: Cole & Associates Inc.
Cost: $40 million
Completion Date: Phase I - Fall 2005
Phase II – Summer 2007
Size: 250,000 square feet
Architect: Berger, Divine and Yeager

As an expansion of the 12,000-acre WingHaven development in O’Fallon, Mo., Caledonia further expands the LifeWorks® concept created by McEagle. Reflecting the “Live, Learn, Work, Pray and Play” philosophy, Caledonia will elevate routine activities to memorable family experiences. Anchored by a 14-screen cinema and surrounded by complimentary retail stores, Phase I of Caledonia includes 21,000 square feet of retail space and the introduction of Missouri’s first Great Escape theater—a 2,200-seat multiplex with stadium seating, luxury rocking love seats for couples, wall-to-wall screens and digital sound. The development also will feature a family-friendly promenade and plaza linking a series of Art Deco-style buildings and a series of hidden sundials that will use the shadows of structures to mark time.

Murphy Company

CityPlace Five
Location: Creve Coeur, MO
General Contractor: Clayco
Leasing Represented by: The Koman Group
Developer: The Koman Group
Engineer: Alper Audi Inc (structural), Cole & Associates (civil),
SystemAire Inc. (mechanical)
Cost: $11,000,000
Completion Date: January 2006
Size: 88,400 square feet
Architect: ACI/Boland

CityPlace Five is a three-story, 88,400-square-foot medical office/surgery center building accompanied by a five-story, 532-spot garage. Designed by ACI/Boland, CityPlace Five will be adjacent to the existing CityPlace Four office building on Rue De La Banque Drive. Clayco broke ground on the project in August 2005.

CityPlace Six
Location: Creve Coeur, MO
General Contractor: Clayco
Leasing Represented by: The Koman Group
Developer: The Koman Group
Engineer: Alper Audi Inc. (structural); Icon Mechanical (mechanical)
Cost: $26,500,000
Completion Date: November 2006
Size: 237,000 square feet
Architect: Forum Studio Inc.

Already two-thirds pre-leased to Smurfit-Stone, CityPlace Six will face the intersection of Olive Boulevard and CityPlace Drive, just east of Interstate 270.

The 10-story, 237,000-square-foot high-rise building will be accompanied by an 800-car parking garage.

The exterior of CityPlace Six will represent a transition from granite and glass to brick and glass. Like previous CityPlace office buildings, this one will feature two-story glass curtainwall, but brick will be substituted to create a more timeless appearance.

A floating plane above the roofline will stand out both during the day and at night, when it will be emphasized with uplights.

Interior will include large floorplates, a training center, multiple conference areas and a deli/coffee kiosk. Design elements include stone flooring and wainscoting, wood paneling, brushed and polished stainless steel, and high ceilings.

Collinsville Crossing
Location: Collinsville, IL
General Contractor: Brinkmann Constructors
Leasing Represented by: Terry Barnes, Koman Properties
Developer: Koman Properties
Engineer: Woolpert Inc.
Cost: $78 Million
Completion Date: Fall 2006
Size: 460,000 square feet
Architect: TR,i Architects


Developer Koman Properties broke ground in June on Collinsville Crossing, a $78 million, 460,000-square-foot retail development located on 52 acres just south of Interstate 55-70 on Illinois Route 157 in the City of Collinsville, Ill. This long-awaited development will be the biggest of its kind in the City to date. The project, expected to be completed in Fall 2006, will be home to Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, Walgreens, Midas and Long John Silver’s, as well as several other new restaurants. The development will also feature 40,000 square feet of additional space that is 25 percent pre-leased. With its prime location, great interstate visibility and convenient access, Collinsville Crossing is sure to become a retail destination of choice for residents of Collinsville and the surrounding communities.

Corporate Interiors Office Expansion and Renovation
Location: 1716 Hidden Creek Court, St. Louis, MO
General Contractor: Helmkampf Construction
Leasing Represented by: Colliers, Turley, Martin, Tucker
Developer: Corporate Interiors
Cost: $475,000
Completion Date: June 15, 2005
Size: 18,500 square feet
Architect: Arcturis

Corporate Interiors marked its 20th anniversary by acquiring The Invironmentalists, a full-service flooring contractor, expanding and renovating its 18,500-square-foot showroom and renaming the company. The office, healthcare and education furniture dealership, audio-visual consultant and flooring contractor are now called CI Select.

Arcturis, in conjunction with CI Select’s in-house design team, provided architectural design and construction documents for the two-floor space.

The project goals were to create an environment supportive of the day-to-day workplace, as well as a showcase for numerous furniture, flooring, and technology products. The new space features a large reception with hospitality area, a collaborative training room, floor-to-ceiling walnut and glass demountable walls and the latest modular carpet and flooring materials. School and healthcare specialty areas, digital signage and sound masking complete this first-class interior space.

Location: St. Louis, MO
General Contractor: Clayco
Leasing Represented by: Cortex Group
Developer: Convy Group LLC
Engineer: Stock & Associates (civil), Alper Audi Inc. (structural)
Cost: $15,000,000
Completion Date: December 2005
Size: 88,000 square feet
Architect: Forum Studio Inc./HOK

CORTEX One is the first building in the Center of Research, Technology and Entrepreneurial Expertise’s state-of-the-art life sciences and research development along the stretch of city between Washington University and SLU.

Located at Boyle and Forest Park Parkway, the three-story, 165,000-square-foot facility will include the infrastructure for office space and wet and dry laboratories. The building is divided into east and west wings with a common three-story atrium lobby. Architectural site-cast concrete wall panels create an interesting visual line along the south elevation. Clayco is incorporating into the core and shell a number of features that specifically address the needs of biotech companies.

The building’s floor slabs are designed to meet increased vibration loads for vibration sensitive equipment. The building is 50 percent pre-leased. Stereotaxis will be the first tenant in this unique, civic consortium of Washington University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri Botanical Garden, the City, RCGA and Civic Progress.

Cupples Station Lofts
Location: St. Louis, MO
General Contractor: Clayco
Developer: HRI Properties
Engineer: Clayton Engineering (civil), Alper Audi Inc.(structural),
SystemAire, Inc. (mechanical)
Cost: $40,000,000 project value
Completion Date: April 2006
Size: 175,000 square feet
Architect: Forum Studio Inc.

Located at 11th and Spruce streets, the turn-of-the-
century building will house 131 loft rental apartments when completed in April 2006.

Constructed of post and beam, heavy timber and masonry, the seven-story building features high ceilings, exposed brick and expansive windows.

One major new feature is an atrium that will extend through the center of the building and culminate in a new skylight. The lobby will overlook the furnished atrium and will include a fitness center and community room.

Ranging in size from 623 to 1,390 square feet, the apartments will include large windows, granite kitchen countertops, top-of-the-line appliances, including washer and dryer, and walk-in closets.

Most of the apartments are designated as “work force” housing, including five two-level lofts on the south side with kitchen and living areas on the first floor and bedrooms on the second. Cupples will also have a coffee shop/cocktail lounge.

Legacy Building Group, PayneCrest Electric Inc.

Fenton Wastewater— Plant Improvements
Location: 75 Opps Lane, Fenton, MO
General Contractor: Paric Corporation
Developer: MSD
Engineer: MSD
Cost: $3.6 million
Completion Date: March 14, 2005
Size: Nearly doubled capacity at the plant
Engineer: HDR Engineering

Completion of the renovations to the Fenton wastewater plant allowed development to resume in the William Creek watershed district. Area development had been frozen for six years due to lack of capacity at the plant.

With the completion of the renovation project by Paric Corporation, processing capacity improved from 3.5 million gallons per day to 6.75 million gallons per day. The Williams Creek watershed drains a region that has seen a dramatic increase in development during the last few years, including the development of the 300-acre Gravois Bluffs Shopping Center and the 40-acre Gravois Bluffs Business Park. Paric added two clarifiers, an odor control system, upgraded the aeration system, and installed piping and instruments to expand capacity at the plant, which also added 10 years to the plant’s useful life.

Davidson Surface Air
Location: Hazelwood, MO
General Contractor: Contegra Construction Co.
Developer: Davidson Realty
Engineer: Stock & Associates Inc.
Cost: $4,000,000
Completion Date: February 2005
Size: 104,500 square feet
Architect: Mitchell and Hugeback Architects

The new headquarters for Davidson Surface Air was constructed using Tilt-Up concrete panels and glass curtain wall. The warehouse is 34 feet clear height including a 3,000-square-foot two-story office. The warehouse area has stringent requirements for flatness to accommodate a very narrow isle-racking layout. The warehouse is also equipped with energy efficient high bay lighting system that has instant on/off capability to conserve energy.

Charles E. Jarrell Contracting Inc., Flooring Systems Inc., Golterman and Sabo, PayneCrest Electric Inc.

Gateway Center Expansion
Location: Collinsville, IL
General Contractor: Holland Construction Services, Construction Manager
Developer: Gateway Center
Engineer: Woolpert Inc.
Cost: $5.8 million
Completion Date: August 2006
Size: 32,500-square-foot Addition
Architect: Hurford Architects

Starting in July 2005, Gateway Center will expand for the third time in its fifteen-year history.

The multi-purpose event facility has hosted international, national, state, regional and local conventions, consumer shows, trade shows, banquets and meetings since it opened in 1990. The convenient location in Collinsville, Ill. offers affordable amenities for an event location.

This third expansion will add 10,000 square feet of event space and support space that includes restrooms, box offices, storage and administrative space. The $5.8 million expansion is funded by a TIF contribution from the City of Collinsville and tax-exempt, bank qualified bonds. Upon completion of the construction in August 2006, Gateway Center will boast more than 100,000 gross square feet of space to accommodate events.

Flooring Systems Inc.

Grainger Warehouse and Showroom
Location: 1780 Gilsinn Dr., Fenton, MO
General Contractor: Paric Corporation
Leasing Representative: The leasing representative for the developer
is the Kaplan Real Estate Co. Inc. The leasing representative for Grainger is The DESCO Group.
Developer: Kaplan Real Estate Co. Inc.
Engineer: Design Development Construction Inc. (structural)
Poehlman & Prost Inc. (civil)
Cost: Undisclosed
Completion Date: December 2005
Size: 30,227 square feet
Architect: Arcturis

Kaplan Real Estate is developing a new warehouse and showroom for Grainger, a national broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products including HVAC equipment, fasteners and hardware, pneumatic and hydraulic supplies and more. The new expanded facility, conveniently located near Highway 44 at 1780 Gilsinn, will be 9,000 square feet larger than the existing Fenton store it will replace. The larger facility will accommodate an increased amount of inventory and sales.

The 30,227-square-foot building will house a warehouse, 2,500-square-foot showroom and 1,200 square feet of office space. The single story structure is being constructed of structural steel and tilt-up wall panels. Paric is coordinating the installation of tenant furnished materials with the project schedule and the subcontractors.

Greenville Regional Hospital Outpatient Services Expansion and Renovation
Location: Existing Greenville Regional Hospital campus—
200 Healthcare Drive, Greenville, IL
General Contractor: Murray Company Inc.
Developer: Greenville Regional Hospital
Engineer: Murray Company Inc.
Cost: Approximately $10 million
Completion Date: December 2004
Size: 37,286 square feet
Architect: Salmon Bay Design

Greenville Regional Hospital, a Solucient 100 Top Hospital, has nearly doubled the size of the original hospital, which was built in 1960.

A 37,286 square feet addition adjoins the original
facility. A new entryway was created, highlighted by a decorative fountain. The Emergency Department was enlarged to include four trauma rooms and three exam rooms to increase patient and family privacy.

The Inpatient/Outpatient Surgery Department now has three fully-equipped surgical suites, plus three pre-op/post-op rooms.

The expansion also includes a dedicated area for Outpatient Specialty Clinics, with office space for four specialty physicians, 12 examination rooms, a procedure room, and a seating area for 32 people.

Additionally, the expansion afforded space for a new in-house MRI unit.

The renovation project allowed additional space for the new Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit.

Gundaker Commercial Building
Location: Chesterfield, MO
General Contractor: Gundaker Commercial Group
Leasing Represented by: Gundaker Commercial Group
Developer: Gundaker Commercial Group
Engineer: Alper Audi Inc. (structural), Stock & Associates (civil)
Cost: $10 million
Completion Date: February 2006
Size: 57,000 square feet
Architect: HDA

HDA is designing a new corporate headquarters for Gundaker Commercial Group. The three-story office building will cost $10 million to construct and will total 57,000 square feet.

Gundaker Commercial Group will occupy 8,000 to 10,000 square feet and will lease the remaining space. Current plans for the building include a space for a bank with drive-through services. The building is scheduled to be complete by February 2006.

Lindbergh Boulevard Tunnel
Location: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
General Contractor: McCarthy/Mosley II, A Joint Venture
Engineer: URS Corporation
Cost: $51.5 million
Completion Date: Fall 2004
Size: 1,418-foot long plus 7,200 square feet ancillary building
Architect: Ross & Baruzzini Inc.

The Lindbergh Boulevard Tunnel, which crosses under Lambert’s new runway under construction, was the critical path item in Lambert’s $1.059-billion expansion program. URS served as the prime consultant responsible for conceptual, preliminary and final design.

The 1,418-foot long cut-and-cover tunnel is comprised of two cells, each 46 feet wide and 21 feet high, plus a 10-foot wide utility corridor. The structure is designed for a 1,250,000-pound aircraft plus 100 percent impact load and eight-foot earth cover.

URS’ innovative structural and geotechnical engineering saved $8 million on both the tunnel and runway and allowed the tunnel to be completed in three months less time. Cutting-edge technology includes life safety, communications, and automated monitoring systems as well as energy-saving and maintenance enhancement techniques. This project won the 2005 ACEC Missouri Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award.

ABNA Engineering, AFRAM Corporation, Kwame Building Group Inc., Parson, Ross & Baruzzini Inc., SPK, a joint venture of Sverdrup (now part of Jacobs Engineering)

Lindell Marketplace
Location: 4171 Lindell Blvd. in the Central West End
Leasing Representative: THF Realty Inc.
Developer: THF Realty Inc. and McCormack Baron Salazar
Architect: Trivers Associates
Cost: $500,000
Completion Date: 2006
Size: 150,000 square feet

THF is rejuvenating this landmark retail in the Central West End that debuted 20 years ago. The improved shopping center will have an upgraded exterior to express a neighborhood feel to the retail enclave and better serve residents of the Central West End who have seen a dramatic boom in housing in recent years with the introduction of a number of high-end residential developments. The renovations include resurfacing the parking lot, installing a new drainage system, removing outdated landscaping and planting new trees, and tuck pointing and repainting the exterior of the buildings.

Schnucks has announced plans to revamp the interior of its store, which anchors the development. The site also includes seven other small retailers.

Lynch Hummer
Location: 17371 North Outer Forty Dr., Chesterfield, MO
General Contractor: ARCO Construction Company Inc.
Developer: Adventure Properties LLC
Engineer: Stock and Associates
Cost: construction - $4.2 million total - $7 million
Completion Date: April 2005
Size: 35,000 square feet
Architect: ACI Boland

The world’s largest seller of H1 Hummers and Hummer parts, Lynch Hummer needed to expand as it prepared for the arrival of the
more fuel efficient H3.

Lynch Hummer, Missouri’s only Hummer dealership, has tripled in size with this project. The dealership’s prominent location on seven acres, adjacent to Highway 40 in Chesterfield Valley, required special attention to detail. The showroom consists of granite and Italian marble floors while the service area floors are epoxy-coated. Granite countertops are consistent throughout the dealership as well as stainless steel millwork. In addition, the glass and masonry shell along with a curved steel roof are of the highest quality. The dealership also features a customer lounge, two oversized high-capacity car wash areas, a service center with sixteen bays and a 60-acre off-road course.

Joseph H. Beetz Plumbing Co. Inc., Midwest Testing & Excavating Inc.

Maryland Walk
Location: 8025 Maryland Ave., Clayton, MO
General Contractor: Residential Constructors LLC
Sales Representative: Conrad Properties
Developer: Conrad Properties
Engineer: William Tao & Associates
Cost: $75 million
Completion Date: mid-2006
Size: 277,0000 square feet
Architect: Louis R. Saur & Associates Architects

Maryland Walk is a 17-story “vertical neighborhood” in the heart of Clayton. The mixed-use development features 8,000 square feet of retail space at street level and 99 condominiums on floors two through 17.

Three different styles of condominiums are offered. All offer spectacular views of Clayton through floor-to-ceiling windows and all condominiums have private outdoor terraces or patios. Resident amenities include 24-hour concierge service, a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, a media room with theater seating and surround sound, underground and surface parking for 275 vehicles, and a rooftop garden with kitchen facilities. The upper three floors are devoted to penthouse residences with a minimum 3,300 square feet.

Maryland Walk is currently 70 percent sold-out. Condominiums are priced from the high $500,000s to $1.85 million.

C&R Mechanical Co., Charles E. Jarrell Contracting Inc., Guarantee Electrical Co.

Meramec Bluffs—Skilled Nursing Facility
Location: near Ballwin, MO
General Contractor: Paric Corporation
Leasing Representative: Lutheran Senior Services
Developer: Lutheran Senior Services
Engineer: Charles E. Jarrell Contractoring Inc. (mechanical)
Cost: $10.3 million
Completion Date: Summer 2006
Size: 66,000 square feet
Architect: ACI/Boland Inc.

Paric Corporation’s construction of the skilled nursing home at Meramec Bluffs is the third phase of its assignment for Lutheran Senior Services. Meramec Bluffs is the region’s largest retirement community. The three-story licensed skilled nursing facility will total more than 70,000 square feet. The top two floors of the T-shaped building will have private and semi-private rooms totaling 80 beds.

Meramec Bluffs blends four residential components to present the full spectrum of senior-living needs. Other components include a 567,000-square-foot “grand hotel” style apartment complex for independent living, 25 patio homes and a two-story assisted-living facility.

Millsap & Singer
Location: Chesterfield, MO
General Contractor: Clayco
Developer: Convy Group LLC
Engineer: Stock & Associates (civil), Alper Audi Inc. (structural),
Murphy Company (mechanical)
Cost: $2,900,000
Completion Date: December 2005
Size: 22,000 square feet
Architect: Forum Studio Inc.

Clayco broke ground in April 2005 on a new 22,000-square-foot headquarters building for Millsap & Singer PC, in the Sprint Trade Center in Chesterfield, Mo.

The new location will provide Millsap & Singer PC with additional space for expansion and growth and is designed for its specific law practice needs.

Designed by Forum Studio Inc., the two-story, tilt-up building will feature a two-toned beige exterior. The interior will include angled walls, a main accent wall and a monumental staircase in the main lobby. In addition, there will be floor-to-ceiling glass in the conference room and some of the offices. Amenities will include an employee lunchroom, training room, on-site file storage and law library. The design-build project is scheduled for completion in December 2005.

PayneCrest Electric Inc.

Moloney Building
Location: 1141 S. 7th Street, St. Louis, MO
General Contractor: G. Mark Disper
Leasing Represented by: Schmitt Properties
Developer: Disper Schmitt Properties
Engineer: Norton Schmidt
Cost: $8 million
Completion Date: August 2005
Size: 52,00 square feet
Architect: The Lawrence Group Architects Inc.

The Moloney Electric Building, built in 1903, was originally the home of a pioneer electrical supply company, which provided AC, generated power components. Schmitt Properties purchased this building located at 1141 S. 7th Street in September 2004, and has transformed it into a state-of-the-art collaborative business center. It has undergone total restoration and includes a rooftop mezzanine, with a tremendous view of the downtown skyline, thousands of square feet of original maple flooring, many conference rooms and offices, and a theater room. Inside spaces were designed so every workstation would have a window view. The building, which will be called the “Art of Living” building, was completed ahead of schedule in August 2005 and will eventually offer space available for lease.

The Lawrence Group, St. Louis Automatic Sprinkler Company Inc.

Nameoki Commons Shopping Center
Location: Granite City, IL
General Contractor: Holland Construction Services
Leasing Represented by: Koman Properties Inc.
Developer: Koman Properties Inc.
Engineer: Woolpert Inc.
Cost: $15 million
Completion Date: Summer 2005
Size: 156,000 square feet of
commercial/retail space; 13.5 acres
Architect: TR,i Architects

SCI Engineering Inc. (SCI) provided environmental, geotechnical, and construction services for the Nameoki Commons Shopping Center that involved the renovation of existing structures in addition to construction of several new buildings, a new parking lot, and sidewalks.

SCI’s environmental services included Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. A geotechnical study of the site evaluated the subsurface conditions and provided recommendations for foundations. SCI also provided materials testing and observation services during the construction phase.

The project is unique in that the renovation and construction was completed around existing tenants, as they were open for business. The largest tenant will be a Shop ‘n Save grocery store that will relocate from its present 32,000-square-foot building to a renovated 70,000-square-foot building.

Location: Berkeley, Kinloch and Ferguson, MO
General Contractor: Paric Corporation & Clayco
Leasing Represented by: McEagle Properties, TriStar, Clayco
and Trammell Crow Company
Developer: NorthPark Partners (Clayco, McEagle and TriStar Business Communities)
Engineer: Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers Inc. and TSI Engineering Inc.
Cost: $400 million
Completion Date: 2020
Size: 5,565,000 square feet
Architect: ACI/Boland

NorthPark Partners is developing the only mixed-use business community of its kind in the U.S. next to a major airport. Located at the crossroads of major regional and national transportation systems, including I-70, I-170 and Lambert St. Louis International Airport, and in close proximity of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, NorthPark will include more than five million square feet of prime industrial, office and retail space, with the ability to build to suit each tenant’s particular needs.

The result of the largest public-private partnership in St. Louis County history, NorthPark will benefit the entire North County community by conveniently blending urban and suburban amenities for workers, as well as area residents. NorthPark will create approximately 12,000 jobs and have an estimated $7 billion impact on the regional economy.

Environmental Operations Inc., Fred Weber Inc.

Northwest HealthCare
Location: St. Louis, MO
General Contractor: S.M. Wilson
Developer: BJC HealthCare
Engineer: KJWW, KPFF, JR Grimes
Cost: $8.6 million
Completion Date: Fall 2004
Size: 46,120 square feet
Architect: Christner Inc.

Christner worked with client representatives on a master plan to recast the hospital as a “destination campus” offering key healthcare services. The existing hospital was demolished, and the new 46,000-square-foot replacement facility is designed to expand to 80,000 square feet as services warrant. Services include a 24-hour emergency department for 30,000 annual visits, outpatient diagnostic and imaging services (including CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound, and bone density), a breathing center, sleep lab and full walk-in clinical lab supporting emergency and imaging. The building also accommodates primary care physicians’ offices. Completed in 2004, Northwest HealthCare provides a highly visible, new image for BJC on Graham Road.

Golterman & Sabo, Guarantee Electrical Co., Murphy Co., Sachs Electric


Oliver C. Joseph Chrysler Dodge
Location: Highway 15 & New 17th Street, Belleville, IL
General Contractor: IMPACT Strategies Inc. Developer: O.C. Joseph Inc.
Engineer: Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc. (civil)
Cost: $5.7 million
Completion Date: April 2006
Size: 34,000 square feet
Architect: Holleran Duitsman Architects Inc.

O. C. Joseph Chrysler Dodge in Belleville, Ill. is the oldest Dodge dealership in the world. It is the only Dodge dealership that has not changed owners, names or locations for more than 91 years. Until now, that is. O.C. Joseph’s new state of the art facility will be the first project of a major development along Highway 15 and a major development for the city of Belleville as well.

This intricately designed facility boasts something most automobile dealerships don’t have, an actual 1914 passenger train car showcased in its own custom designed, turn of the century era depot.

IMPACT and the design team have combined their talents to make this enterprise a most distinctive landmark along Highway 15. The grand opening will coincide with O.C. Joseph’s 92nd anniversary.

Park East Tower
Location: Northwest Corner of Euclid & Laclede avenues
General Contractor: Opus Northwest Construction LLC
Developer: Opus Northwest LLC
Engineer: Opus Architects & Engineers
Cost: $50 million
Completion Date: September 2006
Size: 89 units and 8,000 square feet of retail space
Architect: Forum Studio Inc., Opus Architects & Engineers

Park East Tower will be the first high-rise condominium constructed in the City of St. Louis in over 30 years. Located in the eclectic Central West End area of the City, the $50 million project will contain 89 condominium units, 8,000 square feet of street-level retail and enclosed parking for residents.

The contemporary, art-deco style building will have a six-story pre-cast base structure containing the condo lobby, retail and enclosed parking with a 20-story tower structure above, containing the residential units and amenities. The tower will have a window wall exterior with full height glass wall perimeters affording spectacular views of Forest Park, downtown St. Louis, nearby Clayton and the world-renowned Washington University Medical Center.

Progress West HealthCare Center
Location: O’Fallon, MO
General Contractor: Paric/Barton Malow
Leasing Represented by: Colliers Turley Martin
Developer: BJC HealthCare
Engineer: KJWW
Cost: $75 million
Completion Date: Fall 2006
Size: 179,600 square feet
Architect: HOK

BJC HealthCare’s newest full-service community hospital, Progress West HealthCare Center, is being built in southern St. Charles County, one of the fastest-growing regions in Missouri. Upon its completion in 2006, the first phase of the hospital will include 72 beds, a 24-hour emergency department, medical/surgical inpatient care, outpatient surgery, diagnostic services, obstetrics and physician offices.

The hospital staff will place a special emphasis on service excellence, convenience and family-centered care. In addition to offering the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies, Progress West HealthCare Center will have the ability to expand in the future to meet emerging health-care needs of the community.

St. John’s Heart Hospital
Location: Ballas & 270, Town & Country, MO
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Company
Developer: St. John’s Mercy Medical Center
Cost: $115,000 for Geotechnology; $186 million total
Completion Date: Summer 2006
Size: 340,000 square feet
Architect: Christner

Geotechnology provided construction observation and materials testing services for the new St. John’s Mercy Heart Hospital in St. Louis County.

Beginning with the preconstruction phase through an estimated completion time of Summer 2006, Geotechnology is providing professional and comprehensive construction materials testing services on soil, steel and concrete used at the facility.

Geotechnology’s field testing and construction observation ensure industry compliance verification for architects, engineers, owners and building officials, as well as overall building integrity. Materials testing services in the initial construction phase included: designing a timber lagging system to assist drilling; verifying the quality of bedrock/shale; and checking/testing subgrade compaction compliance.

In later phases of the project, Geotechnology provided field testing of structural concrete for quality control and assurance, non-destructive testing of welds, testing/verification for torque of high strength bolts, and verification of reinforcing steel through factory and field inspections.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital East Tower Expansion and Seismic Upgrade
Location: St. Louis Children’s Hospital - Parkview & Kingshighway
General Contractor: Alberici Constructors
Engineer: Henneman Raufeisen & Associates (MEP),
Jacobs Engineering (structural)
Cost: $45,000,000
Completion Date: December 2007
Size: 95,000 square feet of new construction & 63,000 square
feet of renovation
Architect: Karlsberger Architects Inc.

A seven-story, 95,000-square-foot structural steel addition, 63,000 square feet of renovation and 12-story seismic bracing upgrade to existing pediatric hospital for BJC HealthCare.

CI Flooring Solutions, Kaemmerlen Electric Co., Kirberg Company, Kuenz Sheetmetal, Mosley Construction, Rock Hill Mechanical Corporation, Sachs Electric, T.J. Wies Contracting

St. Louis Surgery Center
Location: Creve Coeur, MO
General Contractor:Walton Construction
Developer: Tegra Healthcare Properties
Cost: $3.8 million
Completion Date: December 2004
Size: 15,000 square feet
Architect: Marasco & Associates Inc.

Walton Construction built the new $3.8 million St. Louis Surgery Center, a 23-hour outpatient surgery center with five operating suites, preparatory and recovery areas, and a step-down lounge. The 15,000-square-foot single-story facility, located in Creve Coeur, includes 7,000 square feet designated for physician office space.

Walton Construction completed the project on time despite project challenges, including an accelerated schedule, a complex building system and a compact construction site. Timely completion allowed the Surgery Center to obtain required licensing and certifications in time to perform scheduled surgeries in late February. Tegra Healthcare served as project manager for the Surgery Center, which was the company’s first development in the St. Louis market.

Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center Research Building
Location: St. Louis, MO
General Contractor: Clayco
Developer: Saint Louis University
Engineer: Cannon Design (structural), Icon Mechanical (mechanical)
PayneCrest Electric Inc. (electrical)
Cost: $60,000,000
Completion Date: Summer 2007
Size: 210,000 square feet
Architect: Cannon Design; HERA - Lab Planning

Clayco is the construction manager and general contractor for a $60 million medical research building at Grand Boulevard and Chouteau Avenue in midtown St. Louis.

The new research building includes a 10-story tower at the north end of the site, with the first two floors extending toward the south and connecting in a covered walkway to the SLU School of Medicine. The 210,000-square-foot building will feature a contemporary design of brick and glass on the exterior. The first floor will include the lobby, and Clinical Core Lab facility. Floors two through eight will be research floors, with flexible, modular laboratories and offices on the south and east sides to maximize natural light. The ninth floor will include a large conference area.

Northstar Management

The Security Building
Location: 314 N. 4th St., St. Louis, MO
General Contractor: Alberici Constructors
Leasing Represented by: CTMT
Developer: The Lawrence Group Properties LLC
Engineer: Alberici Constructors
Cost: $10,000,000
Completion Date: August 2005
Size: 110,000 square feet
Architect: The Lawrence Group Architects Inc.

The project includes the renovation of the historic Security Building located in downtown St. Louis. The scope of the project includes infrastructure upgrades (new mechanical systems, elevators, sprinklers, electrical), lobby and restroom renovations, and life safety and ADA code compliance upgrades.

Alberici Constructors, Charles E. Jarrell Contracting Inc., Guarantee Electrical Co., Superior Waterproofing & Restoration,
T. J. Weis Contracting

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Location:150 Entrance Way, St. Peters, MO
General Contractor: Kadean Construction Company
Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Cost: $7 million overall, $3.6 million construction contract amount
Completion Date: July 22, 2005
Size: 14,055 square feet
Architect: Ottolino Winters Huebner (OWH)

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital is part of BJC HealthCare’s $35 million expansion of its St. Peters Hospital campus that began back in 2001.

This outpatient oncology center offers both medical and radiation treatments, as well as cancer screening and support programs for patients and their families in St. Charles County. A linear accelerator, which provides specialized radiation therapy, is housed in a special vault that has solid concrete walls and ceilings as thick as six feet to eight feet.

The building also includes diagnostic facilities, patient support areas, administrative offices and a healing garden. The freestanding, steel-frame building features a two-story clerestory, large windows and brick veneer that allows it to blend with the other buildings on the hospital campus.

PayneCrest Electric Inc., Pickett, Ray& Silver Inc., Rock Hill Mechanical Corporation, St. Louis Automatic Sprinkler Co.

Student Life Center
Location: St. Louis, MO
General Contractor: BSI Constructors Inc.
Engineer: McClure Engineering Associates (MEP); Alper Audi Inc. (structural); Frontenac Engineering Group Inc. (civil)
Cost: $8,300,000
Completion Date: November 2004
Size: Addition - 27,120 square feet; Renovation - 19,625 square feet
Architect: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc.

The original gymnasium at St. Joseph’s Academy, built in 1954, doubled as a theater. Outdated and too small, St. Joesph’s wanted a contemporary performing arts center.

Hastings & Chivetta converted the original space into a state-of-the-art, 700-seat performing arts center, which included a high-tech light and sound booth, new rigging and theater lighting, stage extension, and upholstered seats. The new theater offers excellent viewing from all seats, and a high-quality sound system complements professional quality acoustics.

The project also incorporated a new lobby/commons entrance to serve students on a daily basis and as a public space for performance events. A concession stand and seating surrounds the commons. The addition also houses the new 800-seat multipurpose gymnasium with retractable basketball goals, a 94-foot main basketball court and volleyball performance-court. Additional features include a new weight room/fitness center, vocal music room, practice rooms, and classrooms.

Surgery Centers
Location: Various locations throughout Metro St. Louis
General Contractor: Brinkmann Constructors
Developer: Various private physicians groups.
Cost: Each surgery center costs approximately $1 million.
Completion Date: The latest was completed in 2005.
Size: Each is approximately 5,500 square feet.
Architect: Various

Overcoming the technical complexities inherent in building medical operating theaters, Brinkmann Constructors has delivered its ninth surgery center in the St. Louis area. The firm has completed each of the outpatient facilities in approximately 90 days for physician groups in independent private practice.

The centers provide a variety of surgical and anesthesia services for podiatric, orthopedic, and ear, nose and throat procedures. Brinkmann provided turnkey services for each surgery center, which typically include two operating rooms, a four-bed pre-op area and a four-bed post-op area. They also have treatment rooms, a waiting room, offices and a staff lounge. Brinkmann also installed specialized and/or redundant support systems including a back-up electrical generator for power reliability, medical gas piping, advanced HVAC and a nurse call system.

Ursuline Academy New Athletic and Convocation Facility
Location: St. Louis County, MO
General Contractor: Kozeny-Wagner Inc.
Engineer: Alper Audi Inc.
Cost: $3.5 million
Completion Date: May 2005
Size: 24,000 square feet
Architect: Mitchell and Hugeback Architects

The new 24,000-square-foot facility includes an 11,500-square-foot performance gymnasium and an 8,000-square-foot athletic services addition, including locker rooms, an exercise area, a concession area, and Athletic Department offices. A new 5,000-square-foot Convocation Center will also be built to serve as the gymnasium entrance and the school’s main reception area.

T.J. Wies Contracting

Vantage Credit Union - Sunset Hills Branch
Location: 3860 South Lindbergh
General Contractor: Paric Corporation
Developer: McEagle Properties
Cost: $1.14 million
Completion Date: June 2005
Size: 5,500 square feet
Architect: Arcturis

Kwame Building Group (KWAME) provided construction management on a new branch of Vantage Credit Union. Located in Sunset Hills, the $1.14 million, 5,500-square-foot facility incorporates design features of Vantage’s larger Greenway Chase branch into a smaller space. As construction manager, KWAME helped Vantage select Arcturis to complete the architectural work and Paric to serve as the general contractor. In addition to managing the construction, KWAME negotiated a master purchasing agreement with Kimball Furniture, assisted Vantage in working with a graphic designer, and coordinated with multiple outside vendors to ensure cost savings. The project was completed eight percent under budget and two weeks ahead of schedule.

Visitation Academy - Monastery of the Visitation St. Louis
3020 North Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO
General Contractor: Kirberg Company
Developer: (Specifier) Lucas Sales Inc.
Engineer: John Lucas, Lucas Sales Inc.
Completion Date: Pending; August 22, 2005
Size: 53,100 square feet
Architect: Lucas Sales Inc.

Kirberg Company (formerly Kirberg Roofing Inc.) successfully restored the roof systems for venerable Visitation Academy’s school building and adjacent residence for the Sisters of the Visitation (Monastery of the Visitation St. Louis) in the specified timeframe during summer academic recess (one of the hottest summers on record.).

Kirberg Company performed a total roof deck restoration on the school, replacing phenolic insulation with improved products, (including liquid-applied epoxy paint and Carlisle Fleece-backed 115 Roof System). The Monastery residence received additional tapered insulation systems to improve drainage. Kirberg Company was accident-free due to diligent safety practices.

Washington University Residence Halls Phase IV and Phase IVB
Location: Washington University
General Contractor: Tarlton Corporation
Developer: Washington University
Engineer: Tarlton Corporation
Cost: $8.5 million (Phase IV)& $10.5 million (Phase IVB)
Completion Date: August 2006
Size: 45,000 square feet (Phase IV) and 55,000 square feet (Phase IVB)
Architect: Mackey Mitchell

Tarlton Corporation served as general contractor on Phase IV and will serve as construction manager on Phase IVB of this two-phase campus residence hall construction project for Washington University.

The residence halls, designed in the College Gothic architectural style used throughout the campus, will provide 324 beds in suite or semi-suite room configurations. The Phase IV building will accommodate freshmen and sophomore students, while the Phase IV building will house juniors and seniors. A central tower with student lounges on each floor joins the two buildings, providing an opportunity for upper-and lower-level students to interact.

The new residence halls will be located among other student residence halls in an area located just south of the main campus at Washington University.

Guarantee Electrical Co., T.J. Weis Contracting

YMCA - Downtown Belleville
Location: Belleville, IL
General Contractor: Holland Construction Services Inc.
Engineer: Hoelscher Engineering
Cost: $4,446,000
Completion Date: November 2005
Size: 32,779 square feet
Architect: EWR Associates

Holland Construction Services Inc. was asked to construct the new Robert L. & Elsie A. Kern Center for the downtown YMCA in Belleville, Ill. The 32,779-square-foot building is the second facility constructed by HCS.

The new facility includes an indoor aquatic center, fitness and strength training areas, an aerobics room, gymnasium, racquetball court and indoor walking/jogging track.


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