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Lanter Co. and others begin development of Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville

Above: Lanter Co. will lease 102,000 square feet at Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville

Lanter Co. and others begin development of Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville

A partnership comprised of contract warehouser Lanter Co., developer TriStar Business Communities and Illinois businessman Ralph Korte has begun construction on a 406,500-square-foot bulk distribution building on a 23-acre site at Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville. The estimated completion value of the project is $12.9 million.

Lanter, which is based in Madison, Ill., will initially lease 102,000 square feet at the state-of-the-art facility and maintains the right to take additional space in the future. Highland, Ill.-based Korte Construction Co. will serve as design/build general contractor for the building, which will be completed in phases but will be entirely finished by November. CB Richard Ellis is the marketing representative; LaSalle National Bank is providing project financing.

Lanter is a full-service logistics company that provides contract and public warehousing (dry and temperature controlled) in 4 million square feet of space. Lanter also offers trucking, traffic management and other value-added logistics services. It operates in 24 states and has 48-state operating authority for its fleet of more than 300 trucks and 600 trailers.



Residential high-rise condo complex announced for downtown Clayton

Above: The Fountain Place Residences at Clayton will contain 170 condominiums. Total development value will be approximately $100 million.

Residential high-rise condo complex announced for downtown Clayton

St. Louis-based MLP Investments L.L.C. and Dallas-based FRAM-America L.P., have announced a joint venture for a 27-story residential high-rise development in downtown Clayton at Carondelet Plaza, directly across the circle from the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The luxury development, named The Fountain Place Residences at Clayton, will contain 170 exclusive condominium residences. Total development value will be approximately $100 million, and construction should be underway by January 2000.

Residents of the complex will enjoy a variety of amenities offered by the nearby Ritz Carlton, including room service and housekeeping services. The condominiums will range from 1,300 to 2,700 square feet, and will be priced from $350,000 to $800,000. Custom-designed suites and penthouses will range between 3,500 and 7,000 square feet.



Holland-Hinrichs builds hi-tech Volvo Truck sales and maintenance facility

Holland-Hinrichs Construction, Inc., a full-service design/build contractor with offices in Missouri and Illinois, is providing design/build services for Volvo Trucks of St. Louis, a new hi-tech truck sales and service facility in Sauget Industrial Park.

The 35,000-square-foot facility will provide sales and service for new and used over-the-road trucks. Volvo Trucks of St. Louis is the fifth project for Holland-Hinrichs in the Sauget Industrial Park development.



Pace Properties completes second building for Enterprise Capital Group

St. Louis-based Pace Properties, Inc. has completed the second of two new buildings it is developing at Enterprise Capital Group’s Linpage Distribution Center in Overland. Pace began redevelopment of the 16-acre parcel in 1997; total estimated project cost is $6.2 million.

Access Catalog occupies the first building, which was completed in May 1998; Keefe Commissary Network will occupy the second, completed in May 1999. Both companies are members of the Enterprise Capital Group. The new buildings are each approximately 75,000 square feet.



Gray designs new Nordyne headquarters

Above: Nordyne’s new headquarters in O’Fallon, Mo.

Gray designs new Nordyne headquarters

This summer, St. Louis-based Nordyne, a manufacturer and distributor of HVAC systems worldwide, will relocate to its new building in O’Fallon, Mo., and combine the company’s office and research and development operations into one facility. The two-story, 70,000-square-foot building’s architecture and office interiors were designed by Gray Design Group, Inc., the same firm that designed Nordyne’s original headquarters in 1982. Paric Corporation constructed the building.



Balke Brown to purchase 25 acres at Fountain Lakes Commercial Center in St. Charles

Above: Balke plans to develop two warehouse/ distribution buildings at Fountain Lakes in St. Charles

Balke Brown to purchase 25 acres at Fountain Lakes Commercial Center in St. Charles

Balke Brown Acquisition Corp., a subsidiary of Balke Properties, has agreed to purchase 25 acres of industrial land at Fountain Lakes Commerce Center in St. Charles, where it plans to immediately begin development of two speculative bulk warehouse/distribution buildings totaling 465,000 square feet. Balke Brown has also put an additional 27 acres under option as a prelude to expanding the scope of its development to 1 million square feet.

Fountain Lakes is a 475-acre retail, office and industrial park; it is owned by MB Properties, L.L.C., the development subsidiary of Millstone Bangert, a highway construction company. Balke also recently completed leasing 350,000 square feet of bulk warehouse and distribution space at Lambert Corporate Center, a 19-acre development located in Hazelwood.

According to Don Land, Balke vice president of development, the two buildings planned for the $15 million first phase will target different users. The larger of the two is a 290,000-square-foot “flow-through” structure dedicated to bulk space users. The second building, a 175,000-square-foot warehouse, is designed for smaller, more employee-intensive users. Both buildings are scheduled for completion in November. Arco Construction Co. will serve as design/build general contractor on the buildings, which were designed by architect Henderson Group, Inc.



Clayco completes $8.5 million Pine View Pointe

Above: Recently completed Pine View Pointe is located at Olive Street and Fee Fee Roads.

Clayco completes $8.5 million Pine View Pointe

General Contractor Clayco Construction Co. has completed Pine View Pointe, an $8.5 million, 65,000-square-foot office building situated on a four-acre site in Fern Ridge Office Park at Olive Street and Fee Fee Roads in unincorporated St. Louis County. Balke Properties was developer of the speculative building, which was 90 percent leased prior to completion.

Pine View is the first multi-tenant office building in west St. Louis County to be built using tilt-up concrete construction technology. Mackey-Mitchell Associates served as architect on the project; Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance Co. is the anchor tenant.



Kwame Building Group on fast track with Argyle CWE parking facility and library

Above: The Argyle parking facility and library in the Central West End is expected to be completed in early 2000.

Kwame Building Group on fast track with Argyle CWE parking facility and library

The City of St. Louis broke ground last May on the Argyle public parking facility and library in the Central West End, a project being managed on a fast track by Kwame Building Group, Inc. The project includes a 25,000-square-foot ground floor space for development of a St. Louis Public Library regional branch and a 460-space parking structure to serve the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. About 5,000 square feet of ground floor space will also be available for retail stores.

Kwame reduced the construction schedule by at least four months by bidding the project in four phases; by the time designs for bidding construction of the superstructure are ready, site preparation and piers will be completed. The fast track schedule allows for earlier completion and quicker parking revenues to repay the bond.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2000. Other firms working with Kwame include Trivers Associates, architectural services; Desman Associates, structural engineering; and David Mason & Associates, civil engineering.



Zoo’s Monsanto Insectarium on schedule, set to open next spring

Above: The Saint Louis Zoo’s Monsanto Insectarium will demonstrate the diversity and value of invertebrates.

Zoo’s Monsanto Insectarium on schedule, set to open next spring

Construction progress is on schedule for the Saint Louis Zoo and Monsanto Fund’s Monsanto Insectarium, an innovative new project set to open in spring 2000. The Insectarium will feature interactive, educational exhibits that demonstrate the diversity and value of invertebrates.

“The Insectarium will offer visitors a glimpse into the vast world of invertebrates and the important role they play in our ecosystem,” says Charles Hoessle, director of the Saint Louis Zoo. “Creative displays will heighten an appreciation for their industrious nature and striking beauty. Live insect exhibits will give people the opportunity to observe the behavior of these fascinating creatures.”

The live insect exhibits will show how insects recycle waste, pollinate plants and continue the cycle of life. One innovative feature will be a research window with a two-bay microphone where visitors can watch and talk to entomologists at work. There will even be a life-size exhibit of a typical American home and the housemates that share everyday life with humans.

A geodesic flight dome cage will be filled with colorful semi-tropic plants and even more colorful flying insects; a Missouri Meadow will display native insects and plants. The total building area is 9,000 square feet, and total cost is $4 million. The architect for the project is David Mason & Associates.



Commerce Bank Ellisville Branch now open

Above: Commerce Bank’s new branch in Ellisville.

Commerce Bank Ellisville Branch now open

A 4,000-square-foot full-service branch of Commerce Bank has opened on Truman Road in Ellisville. Customers now have access to a comprehensive menu of residential and commercial banking services, a 24-hour ATM and four drive-through banking lanes.

“Our branch’s nine employees are equipped to handle everything from personal checking accounts and real estate loans to investment accounts and international banking,” says branch manager Terry Gibbs, a 20-year banking veteran. Commerce added the branch to better serve the West St. Louis County community, according to Gibbs.

“Commerce’s other West County branches have experienced continuous growth. This branch is located to help meet demand, while making banking convenient to our customers in the Ellisville area.”

 

 

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