St. Louis Construction News & Review (CNR)

St. Louis Mayor Orders Project Labor Agreements

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has issued an executive ordering requiring the use of project labor agreements (PLAs) on publicly-funded and publicly-assisted construction projects in St. Louis city. The executive order, number 53, applies to projects that cost $500,000 or more, where no more than half of the project funding comes from the State of Missouri.

 
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Spellman Brady Completes Second Phase of Epworth Villa Project

Spellman Brady & Company recently completed the second phase of the extensive renovation and expansion of Epworth Villa, a continuing care retirement community in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that is part of the Epworth Living family of not-for-profit continuing care retirement communities. 09/03/2015 | Read More

Time for an Office Upgrade

Northwestern Mutual’s recent move from downtown St. Louis to Creve Coeur provided the opportunity for a significant office upgrade. "It allowed us to redesign the space to get open lines and a lot of natural light," said Gerard Hempstead, managing partner, Northwestern Mutual. The Lawrence Group, ISC, and Interior Investments helped them make it happen. The last time Northwestern Mutual built out offices was 26 years ago when they moved from the Laclede Gas Building to what is now called Peabody Plaza. 09/03/2015 | Read More

Mascoutah Community Unit School District #19 Celebrates Grand Opening of its new K-5 Elementary School

Mascoutah Community School District 119 opened its new 112,000 sf K-5 school for the 2015-2016 school year. Wingate Elementary, designed by FGM Architects and built by Poettker Construction, alleviates overcrowding at Mascoutah Elementary, which enrolled nearly 1,000 students in the 2014-2015 school year. Currently, Wingate has the capacity to hold up to 550 students (265 students are presently enrolled). A constructed shell is connected to the existing school that can be finished at a later date to accommodate another 300 students. 09/03/2015 | Read More

St. Louis Housing Market in Bottom Tenth Nationwide

The St. Louis housing market isn't the worst in the nation, but it comes close. That’s the news from a new report from personal finance website WalletHub. Although Nationwide, the insurance known for the "on your side" jingle and goofy ads with Mindy Kaling, has declared that the overall housing market is healthier than at any time, since 2001, housing markets are notoriously local. To find out how much so, WalletHub compared housing markets in 300 U.S. cities across 14 metrics. 08/27/2015 | Read More

Employee or Independent Contractor?

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new guidelines for determining if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor in response to what David Weil said was an increasing trend of misclassifying employees in workplaces. Weil is an administrator in the department's Wage and Hour Division. In general, a worker is an employee if he or she is economically dependent on the employer, but the agency guidelines lay out a six-part test to help determine worker status. 08/27/2015 | Read More

St. Louis Catholic High School Opens New Addition

After 15 months of construction and a $4.5 capital campaign initiative, Rosati-Kain High School opened its 12,000-square-foot addition and unveiled the 12,275-square-foot remodel of the main building in time for the 2015-2016 school year. The ribbon cutting took place August 23. 08/27/2015 | Read More

Air Masters Completes HVAC Modernization Project at North County Technical High School

Air Masters has completed a $9 million HVAC modernization project at North County Technical High School in Florissant for the Special School District of St. Louis County. Air Masters served as the mechanical contractor and designer as well as the prime contractor. The three-phase Design/Build project began March 24, 2014 and was completed August 1, 2015. 08/26/2015 | Read More

ASHRAE Proposes Standard to Serve as “Backbone” of Valid Rating Systems

Many building rating programs exist worldwide, but there is nothing in the industry that standardizes the contents of those programs, ensuring users are knowledgeable about what affects their ratings. A proposed standard from ASHRAE, currently open for public comment, would serve as the “backbone” of such rating systems. 09/03/2015 | Read More

Boilermakers Seek Experienced Welders

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers announced today its Construction Division has an increasing need for experienced welders nationwide due to expanded project opportunities. Boilermakers in this division are engaged in constructing, maintaining and repairing: coal-fired, natural gas-fired, concentrated solar and nuclear power plants; oil refineries; steel mills; pulp and paper mills; and other heavy industrial projects. 09/03/2015 | Read More

Association Proposes Cigarette Tax to Fund Transportation

An association of gas station and convenience store owners has proposed hiking cigarette and tobacco taxes to fund roads and bridges. The Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (MPCA) estimates that the 23-cent tax increase would raise $800 million in the first decade, and about $115 million a year after that. 08/20/2015 | Read More

IBEW/NECA in St. Louis Teaming To Deliver Electrical Upgrades In Nation’s Largest PACE Clean-Energy Project

All eyes are on an innovative way of funding energy efficiency improvements to aging structures as IBEW/NECA team to help make the historic Missouri Athletic Club more energy efficient. The $2.4 million project is being financed through Set the Pace (Property Assessed Clean Energy) St. Louis and is the largest of its kind in the nation this year. St. Louis-based Kaemmerlen Electric is managing the electrical upgrades. Kaemmerlen is part of the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association. 08/13/2015 | Read More

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), HBCF Board Treasurer Charlie Bennett of C. Bennett Building Supply Inc. (left), HBCF contributor Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes (second from right) and HBA Board Member Debbie Hogue of Broadview Screen Company (right) presented a $15,000 donation to Jacinta Witherspoon, director of resource development for Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL). 07/30/2015 | Read More

SICAP Contributes to the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois Investment Campaign

The Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program (SICAP) recently presented a contribution check to the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois Investment Campaign. Accepting the check from the Leadership Council was Ellen Krohne, Executive Director. 07/28/2015 | Read More

Southern Illinois Builders Association Awards Five Scholarships

The SIBA Education Committee selected Trevor Langhauser from Highland, Illinois as one of the recipients to receive an SIBA scholarship in December of 2014. Trevor plans to attend the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri in the Fall, 2015. 07/28/2015 | Read More

SSM Health Promises SLU new Hospital

SSM Health announced that it has committed $500 million to build a new St. Louis University replacement hospital and outpatient care center within the next five years. The new facilities will be located in the immediate vicinity of the current hospital - now known as SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital. Most of the three-block stretch from Rutger Street to Chouteau Avenue along the west side of Grand Avenue has already been cleared for new development. 09/03/2015 | Read More

Plans Announced for New Apartments In St. Louis, Creve Coeur

New apartment projects are advancing in two of the new nodes multi-unit residential development in metro St. Louis: the Central West End in St. Louis city and Creve Coeur in St. Louis County. The Koman Group is proposing to build a mixed-used building with 67 apartments on Euclid Avenue in St. Louis city’s Central West End. 08/20/2015 | Read More

Geotechnology, Inc. Announces Major Expansion with the Acquisition of Thelen Associates

St. Louis-based Geotechnology, Inc., has purchased substantially all of the assets of Cincinnati-based Thelen Associates. They closed on the transaction on August 17, 2015. Thelen Associates, an engineering firm founded in 1971, provides geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing services in the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area, and more broadly in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. 08/20/2015 | Read More

McCarthy Completes $18 million Medical Clinic in Mid-Missouri

St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. completed the $18 million, four-story Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Waynesville Medical Plaza in Waynesville, Mo. The new facility, visible from I-44 and located next to the Veteran's Primary Care Clinic, now allows PCRMC to offer expanded healthcare services to Pulaski County. 08/13/2015 | Read More

Kirberg Company Donates $36,000 For New Roof On Women’s Shelter

The only thing better than having a roof over your head is having a new roof over your head. And when a new roof was needed at the transitional housing facility run by the Center for Women in Transition in St. Louis, Kirberg Company, one of the Midwest’s largest commercial and residential roofing companies, stepped in and donated $36,000 in materials and labor to get the job done. 08/13/2015 | Read More

KWAME Contracted to Manage $1.1 Million Maryville University Expansion & Renovation

Maryville University in St. Louis has contracted Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as construction project manager on a $1.1 million expansion and athletic office renovation at the John E. and Adaline Simon Athletic Center. The project is scheduled for completion in January 2016. The architect is ACI Boland. 08/13/2015 | Read More

Air Masters Completes HVAC & Controls Upgrade Inside the Gateway Arch in St. Louis

Air Masters has completed the first-comfort HVAC upgrade inside the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The 50-year-old HVAC dual duct boxes and pneumatic controls in the national monument’s 630-foot legs were replaced with new boxes and computerized controls to ensure the comfort and safety of tram passengers on their way to the Arch observation deck. 08/11/2015 | Read More

St. Louis Commercial Real Estate Gets Social

Selequity, an online platform for crowd investing in commercial real estate (CRE) projects, has formed a strategic alliance with Virtual Realty Enterprises, LLC, (VRE) a St. Louis-based CRE lender and operating company that has managed more than $500 million in assets. Now, Selequity’s clients and project sponsors will have access to interim financing and the opportunity to fund larger and more varied deals. Bill Snyders, chief operating officer of Virtual Realty, will lead the VRE effort to manage the strategic alliance with Selequity. 07/16/2015 | Read More

Major New Development Proposed for O’Fallon, IL

Real estate developer Dean Oelze is proposing a new 45-acre commercial development to the City of O'Fallon, IL. The proposed development, located at the corner of Scott Troy Road and Highway 50, will be called The Four Points Center. 11/06/2014 | Read More

Payne Family Homes, Consort Homes Bringing New Community to Oakville

Two of the metro region’s most prominent homebuilders have announced plans for the first new move-up community to be introduced to the Oakville area in a decade. Valued at an estimated $18 million, Hawkins Ridge is a joint effort of Consort Homes and Payne Family Homes and will offer a broad selection of the builders' upscale single-family designs. 09/24/2014 | Read More

Cannon to Host Green Challenge

Cannon Design, an architectural, engineering and planning firm, is hosting a meeting of the 2012 St. Louis Green Business Challenge April 11, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Nearly 70 people are expected, representing Green Teams from 74 St. Louis businesses, such as Ameren, The Boeing Company, Commerce Bank, Deloitte, Enterprise Holdings, Laclede Gas Company, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Monsanto, Saint Louis Zoo, Schnuck Markets, Inc., UMB Bank, and Webster University. Attendees will discuss ways to engage employees in sustainability and tour the Cannon Design offices, a LEED® Gold renovation of the historic Municipal Power House, located at 1000 Clark Ave. 04/06/2012 | Read More

NAI DESCO Awarded St. Louis Chrysler Plants Listing

NAI DESCO, , has been selected to serve as the real estate broker for the sale of Chrysler's North and South Assembly Plants in Fenton. 05/05/2010 | Read More

Grubb Ellis|Gundaker Announces Transactions

Grubb & Ellis|Gundaker Commercial announced two recent transactions. 04/14/2010 | Read More

Grubb & Ellis|Gundaker Commercial Recent Transactions

Grubb & Ellis|Gundaker Commercial announced a recent lease transaction. 03/03/2010 | Read More

People In St. Louis Construction

The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors and other recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building industry. 09/03/2015 | Read More

Evelyn Fleddermann Passes Final Exam to Become the First Female Licensed Architect at M+H

Evelyn Fleddermann received notice this week that she passed the 7th and final exam in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Architect Registration Exam (ARE). She not only becomes the 10th licensed architect at M+H but she is the first female architect at the firm. 08/06/2015 | Read More

Carpenter Leader Part of Workforce Panel

John Gaal, director of training and workforce development, Carpenters' District Council of Greater St. Louis, will be part of a panel discussing the state of the St. Louis workforce on August 5. The discussion at St. Louis Community College's Mildred E. Bastian Theatre will feature the latest workforce research from St. Louis Community College. 07/30/2015 | Read More

People In St. Louis Construction

The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors and other recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building industry. 07/16/2015 | Read More

People In St. Louis Construction

The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors and other recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building industry. 07/08/2015 | Read More

People In St. Louis Construction

The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors and other recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building industry. 06/29/2015 | Read More

People In St. Louis Construction

The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors and other recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building industry. 06/18/2015 | Read More

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