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Employee Wellness by Design, featuring Contegra Construction

Article courtesy of Kerry Smith St. Louis Construction News

Contegra Construction was featured in the most recent issue of St. Louis Construction News. The article, “Employee Wellness by Design”, features Contegra as an example of construction firms that are making employee well-being and health a priority in the workplace.

“As a commitment to encouraging the company’s expanding millennial workforce to stay fit and active, Contegra transformed 4,000 square feet of warehouse space into a Crossfit gym”, says founder and President Eric Gowin. The gym is free to all employees and includes a personal trainer.

“Other wellness perks include a recently expanded break room with flat screen TV’s, a Starbucks-style coffee bar, catering in lunch once a week for everyone and hosting the occasional employee happy hour.”

To read the full article, click  here. 

 

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Contractors

Article Courtesy Illinois Business Journal By Melissa Crockett Meske

Contegra Construction - Illinois Business Journal

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Contegra Construction Co., Gateway East 717 Distribution Center, Edwardsville

Located just south of New Poag Road in Edwardsville, the Gateway East 717 Distribution Center is the first speculative warehouse structure built on the east side of Illinois 255. Construction began back in June 2015 and was substantially complete in January 2016.

Contegra Construction Co. of Edwardsville has served as the development’s general contractor.
The property’s developer, TriStar Properties, selected Gray Design Group Inc. of St. Louis as the architect for the project. Propper Construction Services, another partner in the development,
has provided construction management. Other partners included leasing agent Cushman & Wakefield and the private equity firm of Pacific Coast Capital Partners.

Bobby Klucker, Contegra’s project manager, pointed out that the unique elements to this speculative warehouse, compared to others, that was used on the Gateway East 717 building was all concrete pavement on its exterior and a 36’ clear height. He also pointed out the biggest challenges were that of amenities, access and the weather.

There were no existing utilities or infrastructure to build upon at this site. Added to that was the heavy rain received back in June which only allowed for three days of work on the project, with 20 days lost. Yet the six-month schedule still prevailed.

The 717,060-square-foot facility is on a 76-acre site with 36-foot-height clearance capabilities. A concrete tilt-up distribution facility with 80 truck docks, it features a heat reflective and energy efficient thermoplastic polyolefin roof and design/build mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems.

Gateway East 717 is expandable to more than 1.2 million square feet. Its construction has opened up an additional 700 acres of the 2,300-acre warehouse and distribution park for development.

Contegra Adds People, Grows Work 36%

Article Courtesy Construction Forum St. Louis

Contegra Construction Company, LLC has announced eight recent additions to their staff. Steve Shawke and Chris Wernle have joined the project management team adding a combined 32 years of construction experience. Paul Hayhurst, who has four years experience, has been hired as a project engineer. 

In addition, the fast-growing Edwardsville company has added Megan Turner in the accounting department and has also hired four field engineers. Dylan Bentley and Tyler Goodman are recent SIUE graduates in construction management. Scott Mayes is a SIUE civil engineering student scheduled to graduate in 2016. Pete Hackett, who joined the company from the U.S. Naval Construction Forces (Seabees), is studying construction management at SWIC.

“We are thrilled to be able to add such a well-qualified group to our team,” said Eric Gowin, Managing Member at Contegra. “We continue to believe outworking the competition is the best formula for success and these new hires have all demonstrated they can go the extra mile to deliver for our clients.” 

Revenue at Contegra is expected to reach $110 million, up nearly 36 percent from 2014, according to Gowin. To make room for the new employees and the increased business activity, the company has added 7,500 square feet of office space and a CrossFit gym to their building in the Gateway Commerce Center. 

The new executive office area, developed by Formation Architects and Louer Facility Planning, Inc., features project management and engineering offices as well as an open office work area with 10-12 foot ceilings. Hoteling workstations for field superintendents and engineers, a break room and a training room with state of the art sound and video systems have also been added.

TriStar Properties, dignitaries celebrate construction start on $30 million distribution facility

Article Courtesy Illinois Business Journal

 

EDWARDSVILLE – Rain was pouring outside the tent, but the mood under it was sunny as a host of dignitaries on Wednesday saluted the latest expansion planned at Gateway Commerce Center.

TriStar Properties has begun construction of a $30 million, 717,060-square-foot speculative distribution center, the first facility to be built on the eastern side of Illinois 255.

It brings a new angle of visibility to that portion of Gateway, which in the last 18 years has grown into a premier warehousing and distribution hub that now employs nearly 5,000 people.

The newest project, called Gateway East 717, will include development of the 53-plus-acre site and construction of a tilt-up distribution facility with 80 truck docks, a heat-reflective and energy efficient thermoplastic polyolefin roof and design/build mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. The Class A modern bulk building will have expansion capacities to more than 1,200,000 square feet.

“Last summer we built a 673,137-square-foot speculative building and it was fully leased before completion,” said Mike Towerman, president of TriStar Properties, referring to what’s known as Gateway West. “This new building will allow us to quickly meet a company’s facility requirements and provides a strategic logistical advantage for large distribution operations.”

The project is scheduled for completion in December 2015. Contegra Construction Co. is providing general contracting services for the project. Propper Construction Service is a partner in the project and is serving as construction manager, Towerman said. Also partnering is PCCP, a private equity firm. Both Propper and PCCP worked with TriStar on the Gateway West project, he said.

Gray Design is the latest project’s architect, and DTZ will provide leasing services.

The construction of the new distribution center opens an additional 700 acres of the 2,300-acre Gateway Commerce Center for development, officials said.

Towerman said if this project goes as planned more buildings are likely to be constructed on that side of the highway.

With more than 10 million square feet of leased space, the master planned Gateway Commerce Center is considered one of the top business distribution parks in the Midwest. Located at the intersection of Interstate 270 and Interstate 255, it is home to corporate tenants including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, Dial Corp., Ozburn-Hessey Logistics and Hershey. Dial was the first venture, opening in 1998.

Among speakers on Wednesday morning were Towerman, Madison County Community Development Administrator Frank Miles, Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton and state Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton.

So wet were conditions Wednesday morning that the mandatory groundbreaking photo had to be shot on a concrete pad, under the dry tent.

The background of the main players

TriStar Properties was founded by Rodney Thomas and Michael Towerman in 1996 to develop industrial real estate. Since its inception in 1996, Tristar and its principals, operating through affiliated partnerships, have developed several large business parks with total acreage of more than 30,000 acres, as well as purchased and resold more than 3,000 acres of residential land. During this time, TriStar has purchased or developed more than 1,500,000 square feet of office space, developed or sold land for the construction of more than 10 million square feet of warehouses and distribution centers. TriStar’s current projects include virtually all real asset classes.

Propper Construction Services provide a full range of construction management services for projects on a national basis. Founded in 2014, Propper Construction Services is an affiliate of St. Louis-based Propper International. Propper International is one of the largest official suppliers of apparel to the United States armed forces, and also manufactures high-quality apparel for the commercial military, tactical, law enforcement and public safety markets.

Contegra Construction Co. is a general contracting and construction management firm serving the education, industrial, healthcare, municipal and office markets throughout the Midwest. Contegra Construction Company, LLC. was founded by Eric Gowin in 2003. Each member of our management team has more than two decades of experience in the construction industry. We have completed some of the largest projects in the region and our clients trust us to successfully manage their most complicated projects from start to finish.

Contrega Construction Company on pace to wrap construction of new St. Louis-area Menards by end of year

Contegra Construction Co. will finish construction on a $63 million retail development that will bring a Menards home-improvement store to Richmond Heights, Missouri, by the end of 2015.

The two-story Menards will include 215,000 square feet. A pair of 10,000-square-foot free-standing buildings and surface parking for more than 400 vehicles are also part of the project.

The Richmond Heights store will be Menards fourth in the St. Louis area. Contegra Construction Co. is the general contractor on this project.

 

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“Economic burst”: FedEx distribution center in Sauget creates jobs

Article Courtesy of Belleville News Democrat

April 12, 2015

 

 — Construction is finished on a $23.5 million FedEx distribution center in the Sauget Business Park.

St. Louis- and Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction has completed the 181,000-square-foot development for FedEx Ground, located on 32 acres along Interstate 255 within the 700-acre business park. The site employs 175 full- and part-time workers, who can process 10,000 packages an hour. 

Contegra Construction President Eric Gowin said the new distribution center is the 17th FedEx Ground location in Illinois that will positively impact the local economy.

“It has generated an economic burst with welcomed construction jobs, as well as the long-term benefit that its 175 full- and part-time employees will bring to metro-east,” Gowin said. 

Sauget Business Park Economic Development Director Jay Dinkelmann said the new distribution center is a good addition and is the second for the 20-year-old business park, joining R&L Carriers, which established there about 15 years ago and also delivers throughout the country.

“FedEx is a great addition to the park,” Dinkelmann said. “It helps us solidify as a major distribution, transportation and warehouse business park in the St. Louis area. We have probably 400 to 500 more acreage that is suitable for those types of businesses. We look forward to getting more of those as the economy improves.”

FedEx Ground, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., was established in 1985. The Pittsburgh-based operation employs 65,000 people working at 33 hubs across the United States and Canada. The company delivers more than 4.5 million packages a day and has recorded $11.6 billion in annual revenue.