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A Good Story Well Told St. Louis Construction News & Review was launched in 1969 as The Voice for the St. Louis Construction Industry, and the founding publisher was adamant about his choice of the word “for” rather than “of” in that tagline. Nearly 50 years later, we are mindful of that subtle but very important difference. Our stated purpose is not to speak on your behalf, but rather to provide a voice for the local construction industry. We see our role as storyteller – the stories themselves are yours, and our goal is to document and share them. Every year around this time, the St. Louis CNR team comes together to brainstorm and identify topics for the two or three “Industry Features” that will appear in each of the six issues scheduled for the upcoming year. As you can imagine, it’s a tricky assignment to look ahead, sometimes 14 months into the future, and land on a dozen or more stories that will be timely, relevant and interesting to our readers. The “Building Features” you see in each issue are obviously more time-sensitive, subject to unexpected setbacks, projected completion dates and dependent upon our ability to round up the industry contacts we need to help us tell the story accurately. Whether the topic is chosen 12 months or 12 days before we start writing, the truth is, setting up those interviews can be a struggle. The more players connected to a project, the more difficult it is to identify the right spokesperson for each entity and locate a window in their schedules for the interview. When we can get it, access to a subcontractors list is optimal. Those lists give our writers perspective on the complexity of the project, which improves the accuracy of our reporting and often

adds dimension to the stories that might have been missed. Subs lists also make it more likely that we will get the attributions right. For the record, publishers hate running corrections. Not because it’s inconvenient, but because it means we didn’t get it right the first time. We are always grateful to the general contractors who understand the value of a good story well told and support our commitment to getting it right by providing subcontractors lists for their projects. Occasionally, our efforts to report on what’s happening in a particular segment of the industry are similarly thwarted by communications issues. In fact, we were forced to cancel an “Industry Feature” planned for this issue when significant efforts to arrange interviews with leading providers of the products and services we intended to cover failed. My optimistic evaluation is that everyone doing this particular line of work is swamped right now and too busy to talk to a reporter. Our team was disappointed about losing what we thought was an important story, but we also regret the lost opportunity to support those companies by featuring their work. On the heels of this loss, our always-sunny editor, Kerry Smith, made what I think is an important observation. Kerry noted that most of the companies she called were not prepared to tell (or to help us tell) their stories. Without a designated media spokesperson or an understanding of the value of editorial coverage in the firm’s home market, opportunities were missed. If my hunch is right, and all the companies we called were buried in work, that’s fantastic – but the missed coverage still matters because it might have helped queue up projects for when their respective pipelines eventually slow down. The next time the phone rings, whether it’s St. Louis CNR or another publication calling, remember that your story is worth telling, and you can help make sure it is a good story well told. Michael Chollet is publisher of St. Louis Construction News & Review Magazine. He can be reached at mike@stlouiscnr.com.


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SCI Engineering Celebrates 40 Years “Four decades in any business is something to be celebrated, however being part of a firm that has put people first for 40 years feels more like an honor than an achievement,” said Mark Harms, Chief Executive Officer of SCI Engineering, Inc. Founded in 1978, SCI Engineering is now celebrating its 40th Anniversary. The firm was originally estabilished as Soil Consultants Inc. After adding several new diciplines throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the company name was changed. By that time, SCI not only provided Geotechnical and Construction Services, but had expanded its menu of expertise to include Environmental, Natural Resources and Cultural/Archaeological Services. “The decision to diversify came from our clients’ needs,” said Trey Coad, Vice President at SCI. “Our business became more dynamic because it revolved around our philosophy of taking care of our clients by providing them with exactly what they need to make their projects successful.” Diversity does not only apply to the services offered by SCI, but it also applies to the market segments they serve. “It is because we work in a variety of markets that include residential, healthcare, commercial/retail, urban redevelopment, education, federal/government, industrial/manufacturing, energy and transportation, that we have been able to weather the economic downturns which have occurred over the years,” added Scott Harding, President of SCI. “It’s also the reason why our staff is so experienced. They’ve obtained great skills and know-how by completing a variety of projects for a broad spectrum of clients.” Over the years, SCI has been honored with numerous awards including; “Service Employer of the Year” from the City of St. Charles, the “World Class Customer Satisfaction” award from the Better Business Bureau, and was named one of the“Fastest Growing Engineering Firms” by the St. Louis Business Journal. “As a team, we have accomplished a great deal,” said Harms, “and I think teamwork is the very reason our company has been able to reach this important milestone.” Tony Kreutz, Executive Vice President at SCI, believes that the company’s longevity is due to the respectful, familyoriented culture of the organization and the strong client relationships that have been built over time. “Our clients aren’t simply our clients, they are our friends. They became our friends because they realized that when we take on their projects, we are always working to make them successful. Mutual success is what makes a project go from good to great, and everyone on our team likes to work on great projects.” Pride, creativity, a collaborative spirit and a dedication to excellence seem to be the common denominators when it comes to describing the people who work for SCI. “I started at SCI as a technician and was able to grow with the company because our owners and my fellow employees really care

about the personal and professional growth of one another. Everyone treats each another with respect,” said Michael Hartoin, SCI Vice President. Edwin Grimmer, SCI Vice President, agreed adding, “It is our people that have allowed us to grow from a small operation, that started in a garage, to a business that now employs over 150 people in seven offices across the country.” Those seven offices are located in St. Charles, Rolla and Union, Missouri; O’Fallon, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; and Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Some may wonder what we can expect to see from SCI over the next 40 years. “Continued geographical expansion is what excites us most,” said Dave Nolan, SCI Vice President. “It is what will help SCI continue to grow and to ultimately fulfill our true potential as a company.” “As we continue to expand, I most look forward toward expanding our SCI family,” said SCI Vice President Shawnna Erter. “Family values have been our guiding principle from the start, and we are so proud SCI is a place where people enjoy coming to work each day.” “A lot has changed in 40 years, but the one thing we know will remain the same is our committment to making people (our clients, staff, community and families) our number one priority,” said Kreutz.

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BY J A M E S R . K E L L E R

Contractor First to Breach Subcontract, Terminated Sub Recovers $215,578 A subcontractor recovered $215,578 for work it performed before being terminated by the general contractor, despite project delays and the subcontractor’s failure to pay its suppliers for materials. The result strongly reinforces the legal concept that the first party to breach a contract cannot later claim that the contract’s benefits and then blame the party that it terminated. The case is Randy Kinder Excavating, Inc. v. JA Manning Construction Company, Inc. 2018 WL. 3733034, filed by the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, August 7, 2018. This is a rare and significant opinion from the second highest court in the United States on common construction issues involving delay, early termination, failure to pay a supplier, owner rejection of a supplier, owner rejection of the subcontractor’s selection of a supplier and accompanying scheduling impacts. An Arkansas Federal District Court judge handled the original trial, applying Missouri law as required by the contract between the contractor and the subcontractor. There was no jury. The construction dispute arose from a government contract to build a pumping station to control water levels on the lower White River in Arkansas. In 2010, the United States Army Corps of Engineers awarded the contract to Kinder as the general contractor. The project was known as the Grand Prairie Pump Station on the White River. The contract price was $9,449,161. Kinder had 425 calendar days to complete the work. Kinder subcontracted with Manning for $950,000 to engineer, provide and install a mechanically stabilized earth wall. An MSEW is a concrete retaining wall with small gaps to allow for the release of water. Before Manning could begin its work, Kinder had to excavate dirt to achieve the specified starting elevation for the MSEW. And the concrete subcontractor had to pour the pump station inlet walls. Manning requested to start work on a number of occasions in 2010 and 2011. Kinder refused each request, citing delays in completing its work that was necessary before Manning could begin. Rain further delayed Kinder’s progress. Given these delays, the Corps of Engineers formally extended the project completion date to November 1, 2011. Manning finally mobilized on August 16, 2011. At that point, Kinder still had not completed the necessary excavation before Manning could begin. Also, the concrete subcontractor had not installed the pump station inlet walls. These extensive delays prevented Manning from keeping and using its intended supplier for the MSEW panels. Manning hired EarthTec as a replacement supplier. The Corps of Engineers rejected EarthTec’s first panels for a variety of issues. Manning terminated EarthTec and hired another company to complete the work. Two weeks after Manning started onsite work, the project manager and a part owner of Kinder sent an email to Manning. The email stated: “Clock is ticking and we are burning precious daylight. We have eight weeks to build the walls and backfill or we are dewatering and carrying jobsite overhead all winter and spring. Tic toc tic toc.” The next day, Kinder sent Manning a deficiency notice. The notice stated in part that Kinder was in jeopardy of being assessed liquidated


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damages and implementing a dewatering system through the summer of 2012. Unknown to Manning, Kinder had told the Corps of Engineers that bad weather and other issues further delayed the project into the summer of 2012. Kinder represented to the Corps of Engineers that its new projected date of completion was September 2012. At the same time, Kinder told Manning that the MSEW needed to be completed by November 2011 and that Manning would be assessed damages if this date were not achieved. When Manning began construction, only six days remained under the original project completion date for the entire project. Kinder and the Corps of Engineers demanded that the panels be placed three quarters of an inch apart “with absolutely no variance.” Manning asserted that industry standards allowed a one-quarter-inch variance, but the Corps of Engineers and Kinder did not allow the requested variance. The relationship between Kinder and Manning ended when Kinder directed Manning to suspend operations on March 7, 2012. At that point, Manning had constructed 27.5 feet of the 40-foot wall. Kinder then tried, unsuccessfully, to hire a number of new subcontractors to finish the work. They rejected the job because no variance was allowed. Finally, a company did accept the job and finished the work but it contained a number of defects that Kinder and the Corps of Engineers previously had told Manning would be unacceptable. Kinder then sued Manning for breach of contract. Manning filed a counter claim alleging wrongful termination. During the five-day bench trial, experts for the parties testified extensively about construction delays, alleged deficiencies in Manning’s work and industry standards for construction of MSEWs, including acceptable variances in gaps. The trial court concluded that Kinder, not Manning, committed the first material breach of its contract by threatening to assess delay-related damages without any justification, interfering in the relationship between Manning and EarthTec and failing to provide adequate assurances that Manning would be paid for the work it had performed. In addition to being the first to breach the contract, the breach must be material. The court decided Kinder, not Manning, was the first to materially breach the contract by not paying Manning and by the project delays. The materials Manning purchased were delivered and incorporated into the project. Because of this, the Eighth Circuit concluded Manning’s failure to pay its supplier was not a material breach. The appellate court also noted that it would have been impossible for Manning to perform according to the timelines contained in the early schedules. By contrast, Manning did perform in accordance with the revised timeline that Kinder sent to the Corps of Engineers. James R. Keller is counsel with Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. where he concentrates his practice on construction law, complex business disputes, real estate and ADR. He also is an arbitrator and a mediator. Keller can be reached at (314) 446-4285 or jkeller@ sandbergphoenix.com.



Sales Systems vs Coaching: A Strong Relational Sales Pro Will Reap Success Okay, ready to get into some deep sales water? I’m regularly consulted about the use of sales systems for training as opposed to coaching and mentoring. It’s quite a debate and can get very costly. Full disclosure, I am a sales trainer and mentor. And I’ve taken many of the sales system courses that have been available. The bottom line is this: What truly produces business? Not what is most organized or enjoyable. The issue is that as business becomes more and more technical in measuring analytics, the personal aspect of selling gets lost. Companies focus on matrices, formulas and reporting rather than on true customer connection. It’s much more tangible to have a rote, digitally monitored sales system than is it to track a strong relational sales individual. Problem is, you’re usually measuring disappointment. I’ve been selling and teaching people to sell for more than 30 years. I’ve witnessed every sales course, CRM and sales-testing resource there is. I’ve watched dozens of intelligent business owners invest thousands of dollars only to be left scratching their heads when numbers do not improve. They’re left with manuals that are never used again or video training modules that sit on a shelf. They’re guaranteed success on the front end if their people follow the steps. The problem is, customers see the steps and know they’re being manipulated. Have you ever gotten one of those sales calls where the sales rep immediately begins moving you into his or her presentation? The sales rep is so trained that there’s no room for customer connection. It’s a “hello, how are you, do you need siding?” kind of presentation. Impersonal and mechanical. The company’s justification is consistency in its sales approach. Well, that’ll work because all customers are the same, right? First problem: they’re not. Sales is still a people-related responsibility. You can’t have a canned presentation for a canned customer base. If it were that simple, anyone could sell. The advancement of technology doesn’t automatically mean that incorporating selling into it will reap success. Often that technology has been developed by someone who sits in a cube all day eating chips while he works. There’s an old saying: “Those who can’t sell measure.” If you want a pure analysis of the effectiveness of a salesperson, only two numbers count – revenue and profitability. Period. Close rates, call volume and bids sent will always follow someone producing in those two areas. The key to getting there from scratch is high activity leading into high productivity. Simplified, see and talk to people. The more people, the more customers. The more customers, the more opportunities. The more opportunities, the more sales. Fish, bigger fish, biggest fish. Boom! There’s your sales system. How do you make it work? Teach salespeople how to connect with customers. Teach salespeople how to read people, how to work a networking event and how to develop customer loyalty. These are relational skills that a system does not teach.

What good is a CRM program if there’s no personal customer information to put into it? Worse, if there are no sales? Most good sales reps know their close rate off the top of their head. They don’t necessarily need a sales system to tell them. Mentoring a rep with another successful rep or trainer allows a new or underperforming rep to actually see how it’s done. The newbie rep learns body language and communication skills. He or she learns how to hear the customer, rather than how to speak at the customer. This is accomplished through dynamic coaching – really getting into the behavior patterns of your typical customers and learning what they respond to, then discussing their successes and failures. All this is to become more adept at connecting with your customer base. It’s just too simplistic to think you can buy a sales system, implement it and watch the money roll in. These programs are usually developed by more administratively oriented individuals so they appeal to such, who see the value because they also share an administrative mindset. That’s the second big issue: Most of these systems have not been developed by true salespeople. Often times, they’re not even presented by truly successful sales pros. Rather, they’ve been trained to be trainers of the system. I’m often invited to come in after a company has implemented one of these failing sales systems, and I’m hired to either motivate the team or fix the mess. The key to a good coaching trainer is twofold: Is the information verifiably effective? And is the presenter entertaining enough to listen to? People retain more information when they feel their trainer is passionate and enjoyable. They take the information as fact, and a good presenter makes that information easily transferrable. The trainer can handle questions with ease as opposed to referring to page seven in your training manual. A skilled sales trainer understands the challenges and frustrations of being in front of the customer. The skilled sales trainer can prompt trainees to believe in their own abilities rather than the machine. I’ve been recruited by the biggest training firms in the country to be a trainer for them. In some cases, I’ve been recruited to start a Train the Trainer program. No thanks, I’d rather help and inspire people to succeed in their own skin. I have resources and materials I’ve created, but it is not some mechanical system that burns through people. I very much believe in training. I’m a trainer, but when we lose the human aspect of sales, the only guaranteed definer is price. Sales systems are by the numbers and so is price. A system doesn’t teach you how to shake a hand, read eyes or recognize voice inflections over the phone. I do use a CRM and love to read about sales, but if you try to teach me I must do left foot here, right foot there, I’ll probably do the opposite. I know some will email me telling me I’m old school and that I’m ill informed. Nope! As the 45-year-old sales system trainer of the course my boss sent me to told me at 19 said, “Dang son, you’re better than me already!” I never read the manual. Tom Woodcock, president, seal the deal, is a speaker and trainer for the construction industry nationwide. He can be reached via his website, www.tomwoodcocksealtheseal.com or at (314) 775-9217.

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The Village of Twin Oaks Mixed-Use Community Features Walkable Residential, Retail By KERRY SMITH


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A mixed-use construction project that’s the largest in the history of a small By KERRY SMITH St. Louis-area municipality is nearly completed. It combines the expertise developer Haley Holdings Seven LLC, Zwick + Gandt Architecture and Holland Construction Services.

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Incorporated in 1938, the Village of Twin Oaks occupies onequarter of a square mile at the intersection of Big Bend Blvd. and Highway 141 in West St. Louis County. With a population of 400, the small but mighty municipality is home to a comparatively large-scale development that is wrapping up within the next few weeks. Named after the municipality it calls home, The Village of Twin Oaks mixed-use development is situated on 11 acres of the southeast quadrant of Big Bend and 141. The project includes 219 luxury apartment units accented by 42,600 square feet of retail space (25,600 existing, 17,000 additional) at what was once a Schnucks grocery store on a site formerly known as Big Bend Square. Walkability is a noticeable priority within the $53 million project, which broke ground in July 2017 and will wrap up by early November 2018. The more than 272,000-square-foot, 5-story structure’s four floors of apartment units in all but the west wing are located above ground-level retail, community spaces or parking. The project was successfully fast-tracked, according to Holland Director of Multi-Family Housing and Project Executive Doug Weber. “Having a longstanding relationship with Haley

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The Village of Twin Oaks development includes 219 luxury apartment units accented by 42,600 square feet of retail. Part of the project includes reusing and adding retail space at the site of what once was a Schnucks grocery store. The project is aiming for completion in November. Holdings Seven and understanding the market enabled us to secure subcontractors earlier than usual,” Weber said. “Firming up these critical details sooner than would have been done in a traditional construction project scenario gave us nearly a four-month head start. Holland worked with the owner to create separate bid packages and nail down the scope of the mixed-use development from a scheduling and design aspect. Site work was done in an early bid package, as was footing, foundations and the building envelope. Normally all of this is not accomplished in the preconstruction phase, but thanks to the existing relationship we have with the owner, it was completely doable,” he added. The Village of Twin Oaks apartments range from one-bedroom to threebedroom units, according to Zwick + Gandt Architecture Project Manager Paul Stefanski and Holland Project Manager Rob Ruehl. Early on the project presented a challenge with regard to working through and obtaining all the necessary residential and commercial/retail permits and gaining related planning and zoning approvals. “The retail site had been underutilized,” said Stefanski. “The Schnucks grocery store had closed in 2007, so we were working with a dated retail center. That being said, the project developer (Haley Holdings Seven) recognized the site’s


potential. Zwick + Gandt came to the table early on in the process and had the privilege of developing options for how to turn the site into an upscale lifestyle center.” Demolishing the former Schnucks grocery store building was the first step during Phase 1 of the construction project. The site characteristics required installing vibratory stone columns, also known as geopiers, beneath footings and foundations of the future structure as the project began. The fast-track schedule included completing renovation of the existing retail façade by the close of 2017. Phase 2 commenced in early 2018 and involved new construction of all the apartment units, amenities, below-thebuilding parking garage and the additional 17,000 square feet of retail space. “Creating a new circulation pattern on the site to accommodate both the retail and residential traffic, while also adding green space to the site, was one of our design challenges,” said Stefanski. The development’s prominent visibility at Big Bend and 141 proved both an advantage and a disadvantage during the construction process, Ruehl said. “The way the project was developed, existing retail had to remain operational,” said Ruehl. “Phase 1 included renovating the existing façade and reconfiguring parking. During Phase 2, when we were building the apartment component, we had to stage construction activity in such

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a way that it didn’t compromise site access from Big Bend and Highway 141. We maintained the highest level of safety for those accessing the development as well as vehicles traveling through the busy intersection of Big Bend and 141.” Designing a true visual focal point for The Village of Twin Oaks was a creative opportunity embraced by Zwick + Gandt. “We designed a 4-story corner element with a pool on the top level,” Stefanski said. “Designing the 5,000-square-foot deck area with the pool, spa and a 4-season lounge that will open up to all of this has made it a feature element,” he added. Configuring the pool and related amenities as a crown of the structure that is supported by the floors beneath was a healthy design and construction challenge that the project team overcame. “This project exemplifies different types of construction,” Ruehl said. “The four stories of apartments plus ground-level retail and below-building parking garage are wood construction over a steel and concrete podium. The west wing has five stories of wood construction. Connected to all of that is the feature or corner element that is built out of steel frame to support and brace the pool. Bringing all these elements together and constructing required fire separation walls was critical.” A key site-specific challenge, according to Ruehl, was bringing the site into compliance with Metropolitan St. Louis

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Sewer District standards. “We performed quite a bit of site work, including installing pre-treatment basins to augment the existing detention basin and meet current MSD requirements,” Ruehl said. A generous amount of masonry adorns the development, according to Stefanski. “You see more masonry, namely brick and cast stone, than you typically see in this type of mixed-use development,” he said. “The base of the building – and in many locations, the majority of the wall – is comprised of a combination of brick, cast stone and engineered stone panels. Haley Holdings Seven sets a high standard for the appearance and durability of the building materials. The developer also works to make sure its buildings are low maintenance so they operate with maximum efficiency and retain their beautiful appearance.” Holland took many of the lessons it learned from earlier St. Louis construction projects – including the Alinea Town & Country luxury apartments at Interstate 270 and Manchester Road in Des Peres, MO – and applied them to the Twin Oaks project, according to Weber. Alinea, completed by Holland in 2016, sold for $50 million in 2017 as one of the biggest real estate deals of the year.




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Soldiers Memorial Military Museum Preserves History, Character, Memories for Families of St. Louisans Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Thank You Missouri Historical Society Soldiers Memorial Military Museum Grand Re-opening November 3, 2018


When Soldiers Memorial Military Museum reopens to the public Nov. 3, visitors will tour a facility that has been revitalized and renovated so skillfully that the blend of original 1938 components with necessary new additions is flawless. The reopening celebrates 80 years since the museum initially welcomed visitors and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice (November 11, 1918) that ended World War I fighting between the Allies and Germany. At 1315 Chestnut Street in downtown St. Louis, Soldiers Memorial was built as a tribute to St. Louisans who perished while serving in World War I. Directly across the street is the Court of Honor, an outdoor memorial area honoring St. Louisans who died during World War II and more recent conflicts. Construction of the $30 million project, funded entirely from anonymous donations, began in early 2016. Project designer Mackey Mitchell Architects worked closely with construction manager BSI Constructors and the Missouri Historical Society – the museum’s operator – to painstakingly restore the 3-level museum while retaining its historical integrity and neoclassical design with Art Deco details. “A paramount goal for us was to approach this as an historic preservation project,” said Mackey Mitchell Project Manager Jim Konrad. “Our goal throughout the project has been to complete the work in such a way that when we’re done, people might ask, ‘What


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A large crowd gathered in October 1936 to hear President Franklin D. Roosevelt (center) dedicating Soldiers Memorial Military Museum (far right), which was partially constructed at that time, at 1315 Chestnut Street. Democratic incumbent Roosevelt chose St. Louis among several other destinations as a campaign stop during his preparation for winning another term, which he did handily just a few weeks following his St. Louis stop. FDR ultimately won four consecutive presidential victories, although he died just 11 weeks into his fourth term. Soldiers Memorial Military Museum opened on November 3, 1938, two years after its historic dedication by FDR. did you do?’ because the improvement elements dovetail with the original components in such a seamless fashion.” In the museum’s loggia – an adjacent roofed and partially open gallery – a 38-foot ceiling holds Gold Star Mothers, hundreds of fabricated mosaic tiles comprising the shape a star. A tribute to the mothers of those lost in World Wars, the mosaic was generally in good condition but had lost a number of tiles over its 80-year history. BSI engaged Emil Frei & Associates to repair cracks and restore the mosaic by color matching and replacing the missing tiles. Also in the loggia and positioned directly below the mosaic sits the original black granite cenotaph, a tomblike monument


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inscribed with the name of 1,075 St. Louisans who died in World War I. LED accent uplighting was added beneath the cenotaph to further illuminate the names. Missouri Historical Society Managing Director of Operations Karen Goering said nearly all lighting has been replaced with LED lamps, and that the original lighting fixtures, manufactured by Guth Lighting Co., have been preserved. The marble phone booth next to the meeting rooms on the second floor also remains. An instrumental project challenge, according to BSI Vice President Mark Wellen, was updating the building’s heating and cooling systems without impacting the original historical marble

wall and ceiling panels. The original building was equipped with steam heating, he said, but it never had air conditioning or humidity controls. BSI worked with mechanical contractor KAI Design & Build and contractor Wiegmann Associates to install a museum-quality HVAC system with new temperature and humidity controls. Climate control is necessary to preserve the artifacts. With a nod to 1930s style, Wiegmann utilized the existing low registers for return air in the 28-foot-tall galleries with Decostyle grills reflecting the building’s look. Adding fire protection and security systems to the building was also very challenging, said Wellen, due to the mandate to preserve the existing ornate plaster ceilings. Missouri Historical Society Director of Marketing & Communications Leigh Albright Walters said the lighting and climate control additions meet the rigors of the American Alliance of Museum’s federal standards for artifact care and conservation, and that only 3 percent of all U.S. museums meet these standards. Contractors temporarily removed large wood panels below the windows of the upper floor’s assembly hall and large marble panels below the windows in the first floor exhibit areas to install

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The Court of Honor, created 10 years after Soldiers Memorial opened as a tandem memorial to remember St. Louis residents who died while serving in WWII, has been expanded to include tributes to lives lost in service during the Korean War, the Vietnam War (above) and later conflicts. The outdoor memorial courtyard, south across Chestnut Street from the museum, also includes space for yet-to-be-etched names of St. Louisans who continue to perish in service to their nation.


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electric radiant heaters. Decades of steam heat and water infiltration had degraded the surrounding plaster. The decision to use separate, electric window heating elements below the windows enabled designers to retain the building’s original architectural walls and ceilings, said Mackey Mitchell Project Architect Erik Biggs. Museum windows on the first and second floors are now equipped with exterior storms for maximum efficiency. The original walnut veneer paneling and original Hunter Century fans remain in the Assembly Hall. The meeting room’s original roll-up divider walls also remain. Nearly all of Soldiers Memorial’s metalwork on its doors and windows are original and were cleaned. The existing decorative plaster frieze in the ceiling of the 40-foot-high, first-floor exhibit galleries was skillfully restored by The Paintsmiths of St. Louis, Inc. Speaking of exhibits, the project has doubled the amount of exhibit space at Soldiers Memorial, according to Goering, including 4,300 square feet of additional exhibit space on the lower level. Allnew exhibits have been designed with ADA accessibility in mind and include closed captioning on video elements, accommodations for visually impaired and gallery space that is wheelchair accessible. The lower level will showcase rotating exhibits such as “WWI: St. Louis & the Great War,” opening Nov. 3. Construction challenges also included asbestos abatement that was more extensive than initially anticipated, said Wellen. Project partners removed a number of St. Genevieve rose marble panels from the base of the first-floor gallery walls, one by one, to uncover and replace steam piping and heat ducts containing asbestos. While this work was taking place, the marble was safely stored and preserved off site. Working in ceiling plenums directly above the exhibit galleries and meeting rooms to install new ductwork, fire protection piping, plumbing piping and electrical wiring without removing any of the original plaster ceiling presented another project challenge that the Solders Memorial team met. Capturing the old tunnel system that comprised the building’s below-grade perimeter and cautiously extending the exterior wall four feet downward to create a new exterior wall on all four sides of the

The Gold Star Mothers mosaic (above) features hundreds of fabricated mosaic tiles forming a star in a 38-foot ceiling as a tribute to the mothers of St. Louisans lost in World Wars. Emil Frei & Associates repaired cracks and restored the 80-year-old mosaic.

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building was a major task which project partners achieved but that visitors will not see. Konrad said the added space enabled project partners to run ductwork, piping and utilities through the perimeter tunnel and keep them out of visible gallery space. On the upper floor of the building, the Assembly Hall has been renovated. Rows totaling 270 fixed seats that once filled the hall have been removed and the cork flooring restored. The hall’s two large meeting rooms once bustled with assemblies of veterans looking for jobs after WWII ended. Bringing the museum facility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) spurred several key architectural and construction challenges that Mackey Mitchell, BSI and their subcontractors met and exceeded. An exterior ramp installed on the north side in the 1990s required veterans and other visitors to circle the building’s exterior to enter the building. At the suggestion of a panel of area advocates for accessibility, an additional ramp has been added at the south side of the building. The team removed the granite exterior steps one at a time, Wellen said, to allow rebuilding of the concrete substrate with a new, waterproofed structural concrete. The steps were saved and preserved off site. During the process of removing the stairs, Goering said, BSI built a temporary dirt ramp to allow small excavating equipment to be moved in via a conveyor belt for gutting and rehabbing the museum’s lower level. Once structural work on the lower level was completed, the original steps were reinstalled. Additional restrooms and offices also occupy the lower-level space. In the original restrooms on the second floor, the pigmented structural glass (Vitrolite) tile was repaired and missing pieces were replaced where needed. Repairing scratches in the original terrazzo floors and matching

existing colors in extending the terrazzo to new flooring areas proved to be a surmountable design challenge, Biggs said. A related design and construction obstacle – one that the team also overcame – lay in preserving and restoring 80-yearold walnut wall doors, wall panels and trim. BSI replaced some of the walnut frames with oak and stained them to match the remaining walnut. At the time the renovation began and for some time through the construction period, the City of St. Louis’ emergency management department continued to use equipment in the museum’s lower level, which had long been its headquarters. A challenge during the project, said Biggs, was working around the equipment until it could be relocated to a renovated space in the corner of the building that had outside access for the agency to use. Fitting a new, additional elevator car in the east wing on the upper level below the existing roof proved to be a surmountable challenge, according to Wellen. Poured granite was employed to create a newbut-looks-just-like-the-original casing to house the new elevator. The new lift’s interior is lined with mahogany and equipped with Art Deco-style metal doors. Air pollution in the 1950s had pitted the elevator’s surface and the shaft. Upgrading the original traction elevator in the west wing was also part of the restoration work, Konrad said. Powering the elevator is the original Westinghouse Electric Corp. system of strong metal cables and pulleys, which remained in excellent condition, he added. The original lift’s interior is lines with mahogany and is equipped with Art Deco-style metal doors. Positioned outside the museum’s two entrances atop the steps are four sculptures representing the virtues of loyalty, vision, courage and sacrifice, created by American sculptor Walker Hancock who was born in St. Louis. Through the years, the limestone sculptures on grey granite bases were stained with coal dust and dirt. As part of the renovation, they were carefully cleaned. South across Chestnut Street from the museum is the Court of Honor, a memorial courtyard created 10 years after Soldiers Memorial opened as a tandem memorial to honor and remember St. Louisans who lost their lives in service during World War II. The project’s scope has expanded this outdoor reflective environment with


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Mayor Stone Setting Company cranes are at work on April 12, 1939 during the initial construction of Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis. the addition of the Five Branches Fountain, featuring each branch of the military, and a reflecting pool. Goering said another addition is a searchable database of St. Louis names listed in the Court of Honor. Names of those killed during the Korean War, Vietnam War and later conflicts are also being inscribed in stone at the Court, with yet-tobe-etched names of those who continue to perish in service to their country. Gene Mackey Jr., the father of the late Mackey Mitchell founder Gene Mackey III, designed the original Court of Honor. The senior Mackey won the citywide competition in 1945 to design the war memorial. Gene Mackey II remembered that his father had intended to design a water feature in the Court but that the 1948 city budget didn’t allow for it. Thus, in the years before Gene passed away in 2016, he designed the Five Branches Fountain and reflecting pool. Monuments to those who lost their lives in Korea and Vietnam have been moved to their own spaces along the walkway between the Museum and the Court of Honor. New memorials to St. Louisans who lost their lives in more recent conflicts have also been added to that space. The gently patters and gurgles of the large, horizontal fountain help mute sounds of vehicular traffic along nearby Market Street, Goering said, affording visitors a quieter setting for reflection. As part of the overall master plan including Soldiers and the 7-block memorial plaza, Chestnut has been narrowed to a single vehicular lane and a protected bike lane to better integrate Soldiers Memorial with the Court of Honor. “As part of our work, we extended the urban hallway in the Gateway Mall Master Plan to the city block between 13th and 14th Streets,” Konrad said. “Narrowing Chestnut Street from 70 feet to 24 feet now makes it easier for individuals to cross over from the museum to the outdoor programming areas. The light fixtures are the same as those adorning Kiener Plaza and City Garden to visually integrate the entire district.” Soldiers Memorial and the Court of Honor – including all exhibits and programming – will be operated by the Missouri Historical Society, although the City of St. Louis still retains ownership of the building. The project has applied for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

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ON MAJOR ISSUES Just as there are many different types of drill bits and each performs a specific function, so there is an array of construction-related trade associations, each fulfilling a unique role in supporting the built environment in Greater St. Louis. Some are chapters affiliated with national organizations, while others are homegrown.


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Associated General Contractors of Missouri The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is one of 90 chapters affiliated with the Associated General Contractors of America. AGC MO President Leonard Toenjes says the organization’s uniqueness is indeed its size. “What makes us unique is that the AGC of America is the largest commercial construction association in the United States,” Toenjes said. “The only way you can tap into the resources of the AGC of America is through membership in a local affiliate chapter.” AGC MO offers members a complete menu of construction safety training from OSHA on the local level but also at the national level, workforce resources, a local scholarship fund (of more than $10 million), labor-management tools and support and more. “We’re like a smartphone with 400 apps on it,” said Toenjes. “Are you going to use them all everyday? No. But are they there when you need them? Yes.” Members working in other states contact the AGC affiliate where their project is occurring to gain intel about available subcontractor labor, local building regulations and more. For more info, see www. agcmo.org.

Southern Illinois Builders Association Across the Mississippi River in Southern Illinois is another affiliate of the national AGC: Southern Illinois Builders Association. Chief Executive Officer Donna Richter says SIBA’s jurisdiction includes 39 counties in Illinois, from just south of Springfield down to the state’s southernmost tip at Cairo. “Our membership service territory spans 39 counties,” said Richter. “But when it comes to project documents and details, we

provide plans and specs for about 1,500 building projects annually from Southern Illinois, Central Illinois and the St. Louis MSA.” On-paper plans are available to all SIBA members via a plan room at SIBA’s O’Fallon, IL headquarters. Online plans and specs are available as a membership add-on. Safety training such as First Aid and CPR classes and OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour courses are a big emphasis for SIBA. Industrywide networking events are also a staple that the organization, which began in 1945, is well known for. Annual scholarship awards are available to those students pursuing a degree in the field of construction management and/or construction-related engineering/architecture. For more info, see www.siba-agc.org.

SITE Improvement Association The SITE Improvement Association has been in existence for more than a half century, supporting seven distinct construction-related niches: concrete, asphalt, earth moving, utilities (sewer and water), highway, landscaping and a specialty division. Membership is available to those working in these sectors along with companies that supply goods and services to these contractors and subs. Executive Director Terry Briggs says the association is homegrown and not an affiliate. “We view our organization as representing both prime contractors on certain occasions and subcontractors on other occasions, with an emphasis on representing subs,” Briggs said. Over SITE's history, it has negotiated numerous labor agreements on behalf of its members; SITE currently negotiates five commercial/heavy/highway agreements, five asphalt paving labor agreements, a seed-sod/nursery landscaping agreement and a modular block wall labor agreement. The organization also

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assists in contract interpretation and jurisdictional disputes. Navigating members through complex rules and regulations, advocating at the state and local level, promoting diversity and advocacy and facilitating networking opportunities among members are SITE Improvement Association organizational priorities. The association also offers safety courses, publishes an accident prevention manual and employee safety manual handbook as member resources. For more info, see www.sitestl.org.

St. Louis Construction Cooperative For 46 years, the St. Louis Construction Cooperative (formerly PRIDE of St. Louis Inc.) has been advancing the skills of the region’s construction industry. SLCC Spokesman Tom Heeger says the cooperative is an important resource for site selectors, economic development interests and businesses. The SLCC leverages the prowess of its contractors, the skill and safety of its building trades and the insights of construction consumers to innovate and sustain important construction initiatives. “We’re all about optimizing construction value, workforce recruitment, project funding, solutions and diversity,” said Heeger. “Our mission of strengthening labor-management cooperation was evident in the two-year-long fight to preserve prevailing wage and defeat right to work in Missouri. Our five-member task force comprised of management representatives made a compelling case to sustain a robust construction industry that has served Missouri’s building needs for more than 100 years,” he added. SLCC’s apprenticeship training programs have long been the backbone of the state’s skilled and safe construction workforce, according to Heeger.

The cooperative’s service territory includes St. Louis and surrounding counties in Missouri. For more info, see www. stlouisconstructioncooperative.org.

St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers is an owner advocate organization that supporting project delivery excellence. Executive Director Kelly Jackson says it’s important to clarify that the organization if not an affiliate but rather an independent council led by owners or buyers of construction. SLCCC also includes associate members from the design/construction community. “The AEC industry refers to an owner, as do we, as the construction buyer,” said Jackson. “Our mission is to try to work on the construction buyer’s behalf to promote project delivery best practices in collaboration with design and construction professionals.” Spearheading construction owner educational programs, SLCCC’s goal is to promote and support the national Construction Industry Institute’s 17 best practices that include team building, zero accidents techniques, benchmarking and metrics, dispute prevention and resolution, constructability and more. The organization is currently embarking on a rewrite and update of the construction industry safety guidelines as an owner resource. SLCCC recently hosted the Construction Industry Safety Summit in conjunction with contractor and labor groups and educated owners and contractors on essential safety program components and current OSHA initiatives. The SLCCC’s service territory spans the Greater St. Louis region and eastern Missouri. For more information, see www.slccc.net.

American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council St. Louis’ construction industry also offers a number of solid trade associations that support subcontractors. Among these is the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council. Executive Director Susan Winkelmann says the ASA Midwest Council’s membership includes quality specialty subcontractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and also the community at large. “Our purpose is to improve the construction process through active participation in education, advocacy and cooperation,” she said. The ASA Midwest Council is an affiliate of the national ASA. For more information on the ASA Midwest Council, see www. asamidwest.com.

Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri The Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri’s members include union mechanical contractors who install and service plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, process piping and refrigeration. Its associate members are individuals, partnerships and corporations who provide products and services to mechanical contractors. Executive Director Kristy Stephens says the board is actively engaged in setting new direction for the association. “It seems we’re headed toward a more collaborative approach,” said Stephens. “We’re seeking input from our members, Local 562 and other associations like NECA, SITE and MCA affiliates around the country who are raising the bar in our industry.”


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ASSOCIATION CONTACTS Associated General Contractors of Missouri


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The MCA-EMO is engaged in a joint effort with the Plumbing Industry Council and Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 to recruit more people into the trades – more specifically, to increase minority participation. The partnership targets high schools and technical schools and will soon be publishing a web-based recruitment tool and online application system. For more information, see www.mca-emo.com.

The Electrical Connection The Electrical Connection – a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association – is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Doug Martin, executive vice president of the St. Louis Chapter of NECA, says the Electrical Connection markets IBEW/NECA pacesetting proficiencies in skill and safety, backed by an annual $3 million investment in workforce training. Martin says the Electrical Connection has also broadened its mission to fortify Missouri’s economic and workforce development, STEM education and the overall health of communities. “We’ve been helping the Missouri business development organization, Hawthorn Foundation, broaden its membership,” said Martin. “It is one of many partnerships we have to strengthen economic development and statewide job growth. We must continually adapt to a global economy changed by trade, technology and other dynamic forces. Our goal is to connect economic development leadership statewide with the skilled IBEW/NECA electrical and communications industry that engineers and installs the highly complex infrastructure powering the future of Missouri businesses.” For more information, see https://electricalconnection.org.

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Building owners, specialty contractors, construction managers, engineers and others understand that the building envelope – the building enclosure – is arguably the biggest driver of energy efficiency. While mechanical systems and lighting also play a big role, the building envelope brings these separate operational systems together and keeps the energy they produce within the walls of the commercial structure. Experts say a building envelope that performs to its potential saves owners sizable dollars on energy consumption costs and contributes to long-term sustainability and reliability. “As part of the commercial building process, there needs to be testing involved to make sure that the different mechanical and electrical systems are operating as they should,” said Katie Stein, a project manager, licensed architect, LEED-accredited professional and certified building enclosure commissioning process provider with Sitton Energy Solutions. “For example, a commercial structure such as an office building or warehouse might have 17 different systems, each installed by a separate subcontractor. Our job is to be involved with the owner from the beginning of the planning and construction process, setting up the owner’s project requirements and expectations for how the windows, walls and roof will perform to ensure that the end product is what they need.” Stein and colleagues review drawings and specs, working closely with the building owner, architect and construction manager. Then once the subcontractors begin coming on board, Sitton Energy Solutions reviews submittals and works with through specific details with subcontractors. “Anything involved in a wall – the foundation, waterproofing, air barriers, roof, everything on the six sides of a building,” Stein said. “It’s all critical to the success of the enclosure and ultimately the long-term performance of the building.” Potential air leakage, water leakage and vapor leakage are all issues that receive close scrutiny. “You’ve got to think about all the systems and how they all tie together,” she said.” Making sure the building is sealed up tight, Stein added, also involves separate commissioning of the individual mechanical systems to ensure they’re interacting with each other and with the building enclosure. “One of the most important things an owner and construction manager can do is to ensure that the 3-D mockup of the building is tested under a variety of simulated conditions,” said Stein. “Making sure the waterproofing is sticking, checking how the trim dovetails with the brick (façade), testing the heck out of the windows for any potential problems and simulating every aspect of the envelope possible before building the actual structure. Owners are becoming more aware than ever of how much money it can save them to get things done right in the first place.” Michael Smalley serves on the board of directors for the Building Enclosure Council St. Louis Chapter along with Stein. Smalley is the preconstruction manager for longstanding building enclosure contractor IWR North America.

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“It’s all about collaboration,” said Smalley. “It’s important to understand what building products are being used on the building envelope and how those different products will interface. Coordination and testing for compatibility between products will ensure products and systems will perform as intended for the life cycle of the enclosure. We’re seeing a lot of support from material experts to help assist with these types of efforts.” IWR North America recently completed a corporate technology center in Chesterfield that included commissioning of the building envelope. “Building owners are increasingly adopting more of a holistic view of the building itself and how the performance and longevity of the building’s internal systems rely heavily on building enclosure performance. Collaboration between enclosure designers and the mechanical system designers is becoming more common.” Understanding the building’s function and intended life cycle and choosing enclosure products and systems to facilitate that is essential, Smalley said. “Is this a developer-funded project that is seeking a quick payback on investment? Or is it an owner’s project wherein long-term energy savings and low maintenance is a goal? The building owner’s concepts and desires should be established pre-design phase and then enclosure systems and quality control processes created to achieve these goals.” Answers to the above questions, said Smalley, will often drive material selection and optimization, enabling project partners to provide options and solutions to achieve a balance between design intent and project budget. Smalley cited SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital (Lake Saint Louis) as a recent example where project specs included ordering material manufactured in the Netherlands. “The original façade cladding design was at approximately 50 percent optimization in terms of raw materials utilization. “Through collaboration with the project team including architect The Lawrence Group and TJ Wies Contracting, we were able to manipulate the façade layout to achieve close to 90 percent optimization of the material,” Smalley said. Dave Foppe is the building enclosure product specialist at Negwer Materials in St. Louis. Foppe sees a continual emergence of cutting-edge systems and delivery methods. “Because of how the warranties are structured, the building enclosure environment is not as much product-specific as it is complete systems,” said Foppe. “In essence, there we’re seeing four main types of building enclosure systems: membranes, fluidapplied membranes, pre-applied sheathing and exterior insulation

systems. The system choice depends upon owners’ and contractors’ preferences, what they’re comfortable with and what their facility objectives are.” Budget also plays a role in owners’ selection of a building enclosure system that is good, better or best. Foppe said Negwer Materials hosts monthly knowledge seminars to educate architects, contractors and owners on the latest enclosure systems available because the industry is moving at warp speed in terms of advances in materials and methods. “It all comes down to how well we seal up the building from air, from bulk water, from a thermal standpoint and to allow vapor to move through that wall for drying capabilities if there’s ever a problem and we have to go back in,” he said. “Balancing that exterior wall so that it performs correctly is critical to overall building performance and longevity.” Aimee Rowbottom is director of architecture/interiors and Anselmo Testa is a national design principal at Jacobs Engineering. The global firm designs and engineers building enclosures for a wide array of industry sectors. Rowbottom says successful building enclosure systems are the result of a collaboration of expertise between designer, fabricator, installer, builder and systems tester/commissioner. “At the end of the day, the notion of specifications for the coolest, biggest, baddest, latest façade are just that… specs,” said Rowbottom. “Rather than focusing merely on how iconic a building is, we’re also intently concentrating on how well and how efficiently it is designed and constructed. Owners want reliable systems, but it’s more than the enclosure itself. It’s all about the how the various building elements intersect and interact, as well as the mechanical systems. The reality is about where design and function meet,” she added. “Building owners don’t want to incur the cost of a building system that has to work like a draft horse in order to keep up.” Visualize the building enclosure systems as being stitched together, said Testa. “That’s usually where your weaknesses are. New amendments, energy code requirements and sustainability guidelines such as Green Globes or LEED are demanding better and better performance. We have to get beyond looking at the building enclosure as a separate system and truly view it as a cohesive unit,” Testa said, adding that

all the other building systems depend upon the performance of the building enclosure’s ability to perform as it was designed and built to do. “BIM (Building Information Modeling) and commissioning are helping us all accomplish this,” Testa said. “Whereas 30 years ago we crossed our fingers that it would work, now we have the opportunity to test it in advance. There’s software that allows us to start this at the concept design stage, as opposed to coming in later when the building has already been designed. At this early stage, we can already begin

testing. How should we orient the building to provide maximum benefit with respect to solar energy? Should the building enclosure be glass or opaque? How can we take advantage of the natural environment of the site? How can we optimize prevailing winds to impact the size of cooling units? There’s so much more we can learn, design and test much earlier on in project planning to meet owner expectations and maximize value.”

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Before we start any project, we ask ourselves the question, “What does success on this project look like?” Two epiphanies evolve from that question: 1.) We realize that success, whether that’s a satisfied customer or meeting a tough deadline, is a process, not a destination. 2.) We recognize that we need to savor, and applaud the smaller victories of our team along the way, as well as acknowledging shortfalls and acting to improve the process. It’s human nature to believe we’ll be more successful later than we are at any given moment. We should always be growing and trying to be better than we were before. Tony Robbins calls it CANI: Constant And Never-ending Improvement. At Drilling Service, we’ll celebrate all our team’s successes in 2018 – not just the big ones. As always, we’ll own and learn from our mistakes and have the courage to try new things. Our future and that of our customers, depends on it. Number two in “Murphys’ Laws,” the creed under which we operate is: “Plan for success before we ever set foot on the job.”

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HIRES Ghlee T. (G.T.) Cozad III, president of Cozad Commercial Real Estate, Ltd., has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre West Region Advisory Board. With more than a decade of experience, Tyson Pyle, AIA, NCARB, has strengthened Remiger Design’s ability to provide creative solutions for its clients. As a senior design architect, Pyle will implement design standards and principles for the firm’s clients. Additionally, he will spearhead new design initiatives. S. M. Wilson & Co. IT Manager Jamie Berzon was honored on Constructech Magazine’s annual Women in Construction List for 2018. The list recognizes the most successful women working in the construction industry who are constantly proving they have the passion, tenacity and steadfastness to lead the largest and most successful projects in the world, all while leveraging innovative technology. Jesse Schilligo of Wentzville, MO has joined Knoebel Construction as project manager. Schilligo is responsible for managing construction of select Knoebel Construction retail projects, including tenant build-outs and large retail developments in St. Louis and nationally.

PROMOTIONS KAI Design & Build announces the promotion of Marcus Moomey, AIA, DBIA, to the new position of director of designbuild in KAI's Build Group. KAI Design & Build also announces the promotion of Todd Jacobs, AIA, FHFI, LEED AP, to director of design.


Haberberger Inc. welcomes Jim McGraw of Kirkwood to its growing team. McGraw will be joining the Affton-based mechanical contracting firm’s plumbing department as project manager. He will be responsible for project management and estimating. EDM Incorporated welcomes Jason Riggs as mechanical engineer. Great Rivers Greenway welcomes three new staff members: Michelle Bock of Frontenac as chief operating officer; Shaughnessy Daniels of Florissant as community engagement manager and Michael Steinlage of Ballwin as project manager. The three will work with other staff members and partners to fulfill Great Rivers Greenway’s mission of connecting the St. Louis region through the development of greenways so people can enjoy more of their lives outside. KRJ Architecture, a long-time architectural firm specializing in the design of educational and civic facilities, has promoted James Alverson to associate in charge of project management. Maggie Sieges has joined Knoebel Construction as project engineer. Sieges assists in the management of nationwide retail development, restaurant and grocery projects for Knoebel Construction, including on-site quality control, project administration and client relations.

The City of Maryland Heights has established a new economic development program to enhance the city’s vibrant business base and has named Jim Carver as economic development program manager to lead the initiative. BSA LifeStructures (BSA), a nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm, is expanding its leadership team, hiring Theodore (Ted) L. Zemper, PE, LEED AP, as director of engineering for its St. Louis office. Bloomsdale Excavating announces that Daniel Latham, P.E. will move from project engineer to client relations. Todd Nelson of Saint Peters, MO has joined Knoebel Construction as project manager. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of select retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects, both in St. Louis and nationally. Christner announces the addition of Michael Browning, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA, as a senior designer. Wellington Environmental, a specialized environmental service company serving the Midwest, has hired Austin Doss, MEE as its new engineering solutions manager.

HONORS Midwest BankCentre has been selected as a national award recipient by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) for the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards. The program recognizes outstanding and innovative volunteer efforts by the nation’s community banks. ICBA selected Midwest BankCentre from among more than 100 nominations for its high-impact service and economic empowerment programs that have brought mainstream banking services to more than 1,200 previously

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“unbanked” or “underbanked” families in the St. Louis metro area. Bank employees contributed more than 4,700 volunteer hours in 2017 to help hundreds of immigrants, minorities and economically disadvantaged citizens gain access to financial services, and spur community redevelopment and reinvestment.

A S S O C I AT I O N S St. Louis Recreation Development Group, Inc., a St. Louis-based nonprofit and 501(c) (3), announces Spirit of Discovery Park. The organization was established in 2016 with the vision of creating a 100 percent inclusive amusement park designed for everybody. Its board of directors is developing plans for a uniquely focused, 35-acre theme park designed specifically for people with physical, mental and intellectual disabilities as well as special needs. The destination will have rides, attractions, a greenhouse, gardens, amphitheater sensory areas, a splash park and an ice rink. The Electrical Connection and Saint Louis FC partnership to raise funds for two holiday season “Shop with a Cop” programs continues for the rest of the year. A series of thunderstorms suspended the July 14 game to benefit the law enforcement trust building programs in Ferguson and St. Francois County but that didn’t dampen the celebration of the programs or the fundraising. The suspended game will resume on Oct. 10. Before the bad weather moved in, pre-game ceremonies featured a “Shop with a Cop” video and introduced law enforcement officials from Ferguson and St. Francois County along with the Electrical Connection leadership, which has supported “Shop with a Cop” for more 25 years. On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2018 HBA President Dale Black of CMS Homes presented a $13,785 donation to Michael Meyer, chief development officer for St. Vincent Home for Children, and Carla Monroe-Posey, CEO for St. Vincent. The donation will be used to install new interior and exterior security cameras and a 16-channel DVR to complement St. Vincent’s current safety and security procedures, helping to make St. Vincent a safer environment for youth and staff. St. Vincent’s mission is to provide love, security and professional treatment for troubled children and their families through a fully integrated program of services.

Home Builders Charitable Foundation also donated $15,000 to Rob Muschany, chief development officer for Youth In Need. The donation will be used to install an HVAC system and electric to a detached garage that is being converted to a multi-purpose room at Youth In Need’s Transitional Living Program group home in St. Charles; and for cleanup and restoration of walls, ceilings and flooring damaged by sewage back-up in the main house. The Transitional Living Program is a residential program that operates a group home and several independent living program models designed to provide runaway and homeless, at-risk youth with a continuum of individualized and strength-based services to successfully transition young adults into self-sufficient and financially independent adults. July 4 festivities celebrating the newly renovated Gateway Arch grounds in St. Louis brought a great deal of pride to the Electrical Connection IBEW/ NECA partnership. The project included six electrical contractors with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and more than 100 skilled International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 electricians and communication technicians. The IBEW/NECA team improved the electrical infrastructure to support new interactive exhibits and other attractions at the renamed Gateway Arch National Park, formerly known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The five-year, $380 million rejuvenation of the Arch grounds was completed in time for the annual Fair St. Louis Independence Day celebration. The 61st Annual Missouri S&T Asphalt Conference will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 27-28, at the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, MO. Presentations at the conference include: pavement evaluation, rating and treatments for municipalities; full-depth reclamation in Missouri; trackless tack; RAP quality; Pavement Preservation and recycling

Alliance; overlay bond testing; best paving practices for small-scale operations; intelligent compaction update; paving machine maintenance; MODOT’s increased density initiative-Phase II; next generation plants; software, and training; basic quarry operations and more. The physical plan room for the Southern Illinois Builders Association has moved to a new location, 1519 E. DeYoung Street, Suite B, in Marion, IL. Brian Rehbein is the new part-time branch manager of SIBA’s Southern Illinois office. Behind the scenes at the historic 100th PGA Championship in St. Louis, precision by Electrical Connection members powered the event and connected it to a worldwide audience. Contracted by Aggreko, a global electricity, heating, and cooling provider, NECA contractor Guarantee Electrical Co. teamed with IBEW Local 1 to power every facet of the championship. Public and private stakeholders recently celebrated the transformation of a key section of the East St. Louis Riverfront into a magnet for additional industry and jobs. Completion of the $7 million River Bridge District Project came in on time and more than $1 million under budget. The landmark project opened up several hundred acres of undeveloped, newly accessible ground that is already sparking interest from other agribusiness and distribution companies in a section of the East St. Louis Riverfront that is part of the thriving Ag Coast of America. The River Bridge District Project included a comprehensive overhaul of Front Street from Trendley Avenue in East St. Louis to where the road terminates in Fairmont City, as well as improvements to various connecting roadways.

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C O M PA N I E S KP Development has signed two more tenants for a total of 240,000 square feet at the Fenton Logistics Park under development at the site of the former Chrysler plant in Fenton, MO. HubbellKillark, a global provider of integrated electrical industrial products, will relocate from Martin Luther King Drive to a stateof-the-art, single-use 160,000-square-foot facility at Fenton Logistics Park, while BASF will move its 80,000-square-foot agricultural services division to a portion of another building. Scott Sachtleben, managing principal of KP Development, said the spaces being occupied by these tenants will be delivered before the end of this year. Promise Home Works, a Veteran-owned small business specializing in home accessibility, is announces its merger with HomePro Corporation. HomePro is a leading provider in the St.Louis-area of home accessibility products and services ranging from stair lifts to modular ramps. HomePro will now operate as Promise Home Works. HomePro Owner Ken Other will join the Promise team as the director of customer care coordination. Finishing in less than three months and ahead of schedule, IMPACT Strategies has completed the new Washington University in St. Louis pediatric facility on Memorial Hospital East Campus in Shiloh, IL. IMPACT Strategies worked closely with BJC HealthCare and Washington University in St. Louis’ Dept. of Pediatrics, in partnership with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, to ensure that its medical office, reception area and exam rooms exceeded expectations. IMPACT Strategies used a majority of local subcontractors and worked with Archimages as the architect on this project. Ross & Baruzzini Inc., an international consulting and engineering firm, has been selected to provide comprehensive design and consolidation for more than 60 technology systems for the New International Airport of Mexico City (NAICM). The unique X-shaped, eightmillion-square-foot main terminal is set to be the largest airport in Latin America and in its ultimate phase will top Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare and


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, handling more than 125 million passengers annually. Longstanding building enclosure contractor IWR North America has been awarded several projects including the JLL Microsoft Technology Center, Minnesota Vikings’ STEM Building, GC America’s corporate headquarters and Washington University in St. Louis’ campus enhancements. IWR’s scope of work on Jones Lang Lasalle’s Microsoft Technology Center in St. Louis is nearing completion and on schedule to meet turn-over deadlines. As part of a complete interior fit-out, IWR’s scope includes fabricating and installing interior glass and glazing, including glass doors, storefront, partitions and glazed openings. In June 2019, IWR is set to complete work on the Minnesota Vikings’ STEM/ Tech Incubator Building, which includes installing insulated metal wall panels and insulated composite backup panel systems. This project will mark IWR’s third major project awarded and executed as part of the Vikings’ phased development project in Eagan, MN. Construction is underway on an $82 million expansion of a Walgreens warehouse and distribution center in Perrysburg Township, OH. Edwardsville, IL.-based Contegra Construction is targeting summer 2019 to complete the 380,000-square-foot expansion that is projected to create 350 jobs. The steel structure of the new $550 million SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital reached new heights recently after the final steel beam was raised to finish the hospital tower. The 31-footlong steel beam received thousands of signatures from staff of SSM Health SLU Hospital and SLUCare Physician Group as well as community leaders for weeks before Alberici onstruction teams raised it to the top of the structure. The new hospital and ambulatory care center features more than 800,000 square feet of space, 316 private patient rooms, an expanded Level I trauma center and emergency department, larger intensive care units, expanded patient parking,

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green space and areas for future campus expansion. HDA Architects has completed a new 112,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and distribution center for 7G Distributing in Davenport, IA .7G’s brand played an important role in the overall exterior and interior design of the project with red accented walls, exposed ceilings, history walls and a large scaled company logo painted on two sides of the building. The facility also has a 250-kilowatt solar array on the roof which covers more than half an acre. It is one of the largest roof-mounted solar arrays on MidAmerican Energy’s grid and one of the largest direct current optimized systems in eastern Iowa. Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, the only specialty extended-stay pediatric rehabilitation hospital in Missouri, has added an innovative new dimension to its recently completed three-story, 75,000-square-foot expansion. Consistent with the hospital’s commitment to providing the most advanced and exceptional medical care while inspiring fun, hope, creativity and most of all, childhood, it created an exceptional ADAcompliant outdoor recreation area. A major renovation of Christian Hospital’s main lobby – which includes high-end custom casework, specialty glass and tile installation and unique wood-look plank ceiling features – will be completed by Kadean Construction in October. Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, is serving as construction manager for renovations to The Muny, America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theater. Tarlton, which has been providing preconstruction services, has begun the first phase of construction now that The Muny’s centennial summer season has concluded. In May, The Muny launched its first-ever public fundraising effort, “Second Century Capital Campaign,” to raise $100 million for capital improvements and ongoing maintenance of its 11.5-acre campus in Forest Park.



Pirates in the Cloud, Waiting to Pounce: All it Takes is Opening One Email There have been pirates in computing technology about as long as there have been personal computers. Back in the early ‘80s when the Apple II, Commodore 64 and Atari were king, the term “pirate” meant someone who illegally distributed copies of copyrighted programs. These “pirated” copies deprived the software houses of the day of millions of dollars of income. The result was an ever-escalating game of “who’s the better programmer” As publishers came up with more elaborate schemes to protect their software from being freely distributed, “pirates” (now we call them hackers) would reverse engineer, exploit flaws or just plain out-think the publisher’s programming staff to break the protection schemes. In some of the more memorable attempts, the rotation speed of floppy drives was manually adjusted by turning a tiny knob on the drive circuitry, while an analysis program ran to match the exact number of “nibbles” on the track to the original program. Other schemes went in completely different directions, using colored paper and a printed key for users to enter in order to unlock game play. The color of the paper and associated ink made copying the key on the copy machines of the day nearly impossible… impossible until someone figured out that putting the appropriate colored plastic over the key allowed photocopying. Still others schemes – used primarily for extremely expensive, industry specific software – involved having to plug a chip into the computer’s circuit board or a circuit board “dongle” onto a printer port. While variations of these protection schemes still exist, most software publishers have moved on to relying on the legal system to prosecute grievous misuse of software licenses, or by granting licenses only for a certain time – after which fees must be paid for a new key to be issued. Today many programs reside in The Cloud, instead of on a server or PC sitting in your office or home. As I’ve said before, The Cloud isn’t some mythological land of electrons; it simply means someone else’s server. That server is then connected through the Internet to your machine. The safety and security of those programs – and more importantly, your data contained within – are in the hands of another party who has outsourced some or all the maintenance to yet another party. Enter the 21st Century computer pirates: the Pirates in the Cloud. Nowadays, it isn’t individuals breaking the copy protection to give a free copy of a game to their buddies. It is organized crime, nation states and other criminal enterprises that see the low-hanging fruit sitting out in The Cloud. Before, hackers had to find a target worth their effort and spend time, sometimes considerable time, to force their way in. Once in, they either copied (perhaps for sale

to competitors, perhaps for leverage) or deleted it to cause financial or other harm. The financial upside to these new digital pirates is exponential. All they need is for one person on your staff to click a fake link, and they have access to the email of your entire company. In some scenarios, these pirates encrypt all the correspondence and demand ransom for its release. You’ve heard the news stories about hospitals, businesses and even the BART transit system being hit by these crypto hacks. Now think about what happens when it’s all your cloud services. Instead of having your own firewalls, servers and backups, you’ve moved to The Cloud. After all, it’s been billed as cheaper, easier and you no longer have the outlay of capital to keep all that equipment. Except that now you find another customer on that same service got hit and the data was in a shared location…and yours is gone, too. We’ve seen this happen with email and hosting providers when clients didn’t want the added expense of dedicated resources – or didn’t understand what that higher level really bought them. Clients incorrectly assume that the fancy cloud provider has everything covered, when if you read even Microsoft’s terms and conditions for Office 365, they say that the integrity of the data is not guaranteed. In other words, you need not only that service, but you also need to pay another provider to back up the primary service. Services such as Datto’s Backupify, Mailprotector and Veeam exist because of the need to have a separate backup solution for The Cloud. How much trouble would your business be in if you utilize Quickbooks Online or some payroll service and your data is wiped out in an instant? Could your business really depend on that provider to successfully recover your data? Even if they could recover your data, what would be your cost in lost productivity, reputation damage and actual money spent? For an example of what could easily happen to email hosted on Office 365, check out the Ransomcloud video on YouTube at https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX59Gf-Twwo. And be aware that this scenario could happen on any cloud-based system, just as it could happen to your on-premise servers without the proper precautions. Joe Balsarotti is President of Software To Go and is a 38-year veteran of the computer industry, reaching back to the days of the Apple II. He served three terms as chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business’ Missouri Leadership Council, as chairman of the Clayton, Missouri Merchant Association for a dozen years, chaired Region VII of the Federal Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board and currently serves on the Dealer Advisory Panel of the ASCII Group, an organization of nearly 1,200 independent computer and technology solution providers in North America. He can be reached at businesstech@software-to-go.com.

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