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Construction in the Ozarks: Summer 2010

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The thermometer leaves little doubt that summer has arrived in the Ozarks. And while there may be fewer construction projects springing up, the following pages illustrate that there are still construction crews taking advantage of the sunshine to get outside and build.

If you have a project to share, please contact Features Editor Maria Hoover, Our next installment of Construction in the Ozarks will be published in the Nov. 1 Salute to Construction issue. We also have a weekly From the Ground Up feature that covers local building projects.

Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.
2814 S. Golden Ave.
General contractor: DeWitt & Associates Inc.
Architect: Sapp Design Associates Architects PC
Engineers: Malone Finkle Eckhardt & Collins Inc., mechanical, electrical and plumbing; Mettemeyer Engineering LLC, structural; and Olsson Associates Inc., civil
Estimated cost: $8 million

The addition of 53,000 square feet at Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.’s Springfield campus is on track for completion in late September, according to Nancy Southworth, manager of corporate communications. The addition comprises two floors and a basement, with space for executive offices, engineers’ workstations and training and meeting rooms to accommodate roughly 188 employees and 26 interns and temporary staff members who work at the company’s Springfield headquarters. One floor will remain unfinished until it’s needed for growth, she added. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service and is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Silver certification, with features such as a cool white roof and use of regional and recycled materials.

CoxHealth parking garage
3800 S. National Ave.
General contractor: Carson- Mitchell Inc.
Architect: None, for the renovation, though Walker Restoration (Chicago) is the designer of record for this project
Engineer: Walker Restoration
Estimated cost: $1.5 million

Carson-Mitchell Inc. is the general contractor for renovations to a parking garage that serves CoxHealth’s Wheeler Heart and Vascular Center. “It’s a post-tension garage, which means it has cables in it that they tighten up after they pour the slabs,” said Chris Carson, project engineer. “Those had come loose due to corrosion, so we had to shore up the entire garage and then … cut all the bad concrete and reinforcements out and put them back.” The project encompasses roughly 40,000 square feet of repairs, he said, noting that the layout of the garage did not change. Work is being done in stages so the garage can remain in use. Completion is slated for September, Carson said.

CU Community Credit Union
818 N. Benton Ave.
General contractor: Bailey Co.
Architect: H Design Group
Engineers: Colvin Jones Davis LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing; Anderson Engineering Inc., civil; and Pinnacle Design Consultants LLC, structural
Estimated cost: $1.3 million, according to city building permit

CU Community Credit Union is remodeling its midtown location and adding nearly 4,500 square feet to its existing 7,732-square-foot building, said Jenny Reynolds, vice president of marketing. The project, which began in March, will update and expand the facility, which was last remodeled in 1995. The building will be extended to the south, and the lobby and drive-through teller lines will be joined. A tower element will be added, along with more parking and new signage. Interior design will be handled by Interior Planning Consultants Inc. and will include new paint, carpeting and furniture. Reynolds said the project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2010.

Malkmus Law Firm LLC
305 Park Central West
General contractor: Springfield Builders Inc.
Architect: Jack Ball & Associates Architects PC
Engineers: Pinnacle Design Consultants LLC structural; and LaRose & Schober Engineering Inc., mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Estimated cost: $500,000 according to city building permit.

Malkmus Law Firm LLC’s new office is owned by holding company GCM Enterprises LLC, according to architect Chris Ball of Jack Ball & Associates Architects. Ball said the 6,500-square-foot building, formerly owned by the Ozark Empire Fleet Reserve Association, comprises a full basement, ground floor and mezzanine. Ball said his firm also handled interior design for the project, which is scheduled for completion at the end of August. He said the building’s interior basically was gutted, except for some dividing walls at the rear for the stairwell and restrooms. In addition to attorneys’ offices, there are three large conference spaces and areas for other support staff, Ball said.

O’Reilly Family Event Center
935 N. Summit Ave.
General Contractor: Killian Construction Co.
Architect: H Design Group LLC
Engineers: Anderson Engineering Inc., civil; Mettemeyer Engineering LLC, structural; and Colvin Jones Davis LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Estimated cost: $12 million

Drury University’s O’Reilly Family Event Center is moving toward completion in late August, and the school has announced an Oct. 30 grand opening concert with Aretha Franklin. The center is funded by contributions and donations, including $6 million from Springfield’s O’Reilly family and $600,000 from the Pitt family. The Pitts’ gift will cover upgrades that will enable the center to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Gold standards. The facility’s basketball court will be named the William A. Pitt Court.

Penmac LLC corporate office
435 S. Patton Ave.
General contractor: Wehr Construction LLC
Architect: Place Makers LLC
Engineers: Place Makers LLC, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Estimated cost: $500,000

Staffing agency Penmac LLC’s two-story corporate office is on pace for completion Sept. 1, according to founder Patti Penny. The facility, owned by Pen Real LLC, will eliminate Penmac’s need for leased space on the seventh floor of the downtown Great Southern office building and accommodate 90 percent of Penmac’s corporate personnel. There also will be room to house the company’s information technology department. The exterior of the building will blend a traditional brick storefront with postmodern bright metal features and an open atrium, according to previous Springfield Business Journal coverage.

Price Cutter Chestnut Crossing
335 N. Nolting Ave.
General contractor: MSB Inc.
Architect: Bates & Associates Inc.
Engineers: Latifi Engineering, mechanical, electrical, plumbing; Miller Engineering PC, structural; Anderson Engineering Inc., civil
Estimated cost: $2.1 million

The 53,000-square foot Price Cutter on Nolting Avenue is a new design for the grocery chain, said Brennan Bagwell, estimator at MSB, noting the block and steel structure will have a synthetic stucco and rock finish and a polished concrete floor system. There will be a deli, salad bar area, pharmacy, frozen food and produce sections as well as a large organic sales area, he said. According to previous Springfield Business Journal coverage, the store will also have sustainable features, such as a system that reclaims heat from refrigeration units to warm the building. Completion is slated for October.

Southwest Power Station Unit 2
5050 W. FR 164
General contractors: Boldt Construction (Wisconsin), Cherne Contracting Corp. (Minnesota), Alberici Constructors Co. (St. Louis) and Sachs Electric Co. (Fenton)
Architect: Stanley Consultants (Iowa)
Engineer: Stanley Consultants
Estimated cost: $697.1 million

Crews are on pace to complete City Utilities second unit at the power station in late 2010, according to Joel Alexander, CU communications manager. The $697.1 million project is financed through 30-year bonds that customers will begin repaying in October, according to previous Springfield Business Journal coverage. The 94,000-square-foot, 300-megawatt facility will supplement CU’s existing power-generation capabilities, and emissions will be reduced through features such as air-pollution and mercury controls.

Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center

2400 S. Scenic Ave.
General contractor: R.E. Smith Construction Co.
Architect: H Design Group LLC
Engineers: Mettemeyer Engineering LLC, civil and structural; Colvin Jones Davis LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Estimated cost: $4.3 million

The 12,500-square-foot Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park is on pace for an October completion date, according to officials with architecture firm H Design Group LLC. The building is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design-Silver status and will have a standing-seam metal roof, according to previous Springfield Business Journal coverage. About $3 million of the funding for the center comes from a Greene County sales tax approved by voters in 2006, with the remainder from private funds and city and county support.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
844 S. Gregg Road, Nixa
General contractor: Bailey Co.
Architect: H Design Group LLC
Engineers: Colvin Jones Davis LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing; Pinnacle Design Consultants LLC, structural; and Anderson Engineering Inc., civil
Estimated cost: $1 million

The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau’s St. Francis of Assisi building will comprise 13,880 square feet and is slated for completion in October. Principal architect Rob Haik of H Design said rough framing is complete and crews are getting ready to work on interior build-out. The project, funded by parish and diocese donations, comprises two spaces that will be joined by an entry canopy with a natural stone accent wall. The larger space, with roughly 9,000 square feet, will have a sanctuary and square footage that will later be finished as community space and classrooms. The smaller of the two spaces will house administrative offices and a chapel.[[In-content Ad]]


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