Contegra Construction recently welcomed Jim Mundy to the team. Jim brings over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. We are very excited to to have Jim at Contegra and look forward to having his expertise as a Project Executive.

As part of Contegra Constructions Continued Education Program, we would like to congratulate Travis Cory for recently completing the Construction Leadership Institute at SIUE. More about this program can be seen below.

The Construction Leadership Institute is an Executive Education program jointly developed by the SIUE School of Business and the Department of Construction in the School of Engineering.  The program of instruction is designed and continually updated by the Construction Leadership Institute Advisory Board to ensure alignment with industry needs in a rapidly changing environment.

The Construction Leadership Institute is a convenient, accelerated, nine-week program that provides the participant with the opportunity to quickly learn leadership, communication, and professional skills that would take many years of experience to gain.

The Construction Leadership Institute is a unique program that brings together individuals from many different areas of the A/E/C industry. The program includes discussions, exercises and simulations that draw on the experience of participants and creates an environment of discovery and collaboration.

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  • Program designed by a steering committee of regional construction industry executives
  • Industry leaders provide mentoring and guidance in leadership
  • Leadership assessment tools provide effective feedback to participants and outline customized strategy for leadership development
  • Our team of instructors consists of top leaders, consultants, and university faculty knowledgeable in the building industry
  • Instructional design includes building industry-specific exercises to reinforce communications and team-building skills
  • Focus on the integration of course topics throughout the program
  • Joint program of the SIUE School of Business and the School of Engineering



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Article Courtesy St. Louis Post Dispatch Tim Bryant


TriStar Properties is building again at Gateway Commerce Center, where work is underway on two distribution centers with more than 1 million square feet.


Both buildings will be built on spec, meaning that TriStar has yet to obtain tenants. Teamed with TriStar to fund the projects with a combined cost of $49 million is PCCP LLC, a Los Angeles-based real estate finance and investment management company.


One of the structures, Gateway East 618, will have 618,450 square feet on a 53-acre site. The second building, Gateway East 513, will put 513,760 square feet under roof on a 46-acre site. Each building could be expanded later to have more than 1 million square feet, TriStar said.

Michael Towerman, president of Earth City-based TriStar, said the distribution centers should produce at least 500 jobs once they’re up and running.


The 618 building will be ready for occupancy in late summer with the 513 building being ready for tenants this fall, said Ed Lampitt, managing director of the St. Louis office of Cushman & Wakefield, the leasing agent.


“Our rationale in beginning a pair of buildings simultaneously is to cut a broad swath in the marketplace,” Lampitt said in a statement. “We want to offer prospective national tenants a choice — and an excellent match — in their pursuit of highly efficient and expandable bulk space configurations.”


Gateway Commerce, near Edwardsville, already has 15 distribution centers with nearly 11 million square feet.


With TriStar on the 618 and 513 buildings are Contegra Construction, Gray Design Group and Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers Inc.


PCCP and TriStar worked together at Gateway Commerce in 2014, when they developed a 673,137-square-foot distribution center occupied last year by Florida-based third-party logistics provider Saddle Creek Corp. The $26 million structure was the first speculative industrial building erected in the St. Louis area since 2007, TriStar said.


Recently completed at Gateway is a $36 million, 717,060-square-foot distribution center on a 56-acre site. Lampitt said lease negotiations with potential tenants were underway.


Among other TriStar projects is the Residences at Sunset Ridge, an apartment complex being built in west St. Louis County on 11 acres northwest of Interstate 270 and Manchester Road.


The $49 million project is a joint venture with Propper Construction Services. The 254-unit apartment complex is part of a planned $100 million mixed use development featuring a hotel, office and assisted living facility.



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.

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.

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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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.

Contegra Construction Co. has completed the build-out of 42,000 square feet of specialty packaging space for Advanced Outsource Solutions (AOS) at Alton Center Business Park in Alton, IL.  AOS employs disadvantaged persons, individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who provide contract packaging and fulfillment services to help customers manage merchandising supply chains. The facility is expected to employ about 50 people when it opens later this year. AOS also has the potential to expand at the business park.

Contegra’s work included installing new dock equipment and warehouse lighting; office interior finish; and laying new asphalt and concrete paving.

AOS is a new for-profit venture of Challenge Unlimited, a nonprofit entity that has developed job opportunities for people with disabilities since 1959. The organization operates training centers in Alton and Swansea, IL. that employ about 300 workers. It also outsources employees to entities in need of physical plant support, food service, recycling and grounds keeping services.

Developed by Clark Properties, Alton Center Business Park is a 150-acre, mixed-use development located at the intersection of Illinois Route 143 and Broadway in Alton, IL.

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GODFREY — Contegra Construction’s scope broadened exponentially in the last year increasing economic impact in all of the municipalities in which the company is involved.


The multi-pronged company started with founder Eric Gowin, who is a co-owner along with Godfrey resident Brad Barnard, Russ Henke, Bobby Klucker and Dennis Araujo. Not only are they set to complete Godfrey’s first student housing complex, Trailblazer Commons, but also are the general contractor for Roxana’s water plant project, Roxana School District air-conditioning project and West Star Aviation’s expansion project at St. Louis Regional Airport in E. Alton. And, about eight months ago, the core Contegra group bought Capri Pools and Aquatics, for which it has $12 million in municipal and institutional pool projects already under contract.


“Capri folds in nicely into our core business,” Contegra partner Barnard, of Godfrey, said Friday to The Telegraph. “A lot of aquatic centers have nice building components and this compliments our core construction business very well. It’s really working out well so far.”


Contegra will allow Capri Pools and Aquatics to operate as usual, which has the founder and 20-year aquatics industry veteran, Cary Dennis, significantly involved in the management of the business. Cary spent 10 years commercial aquatics designer with the St. Louis firm Counsilman Hunsaker.


“We kept everything the same,” Barnard said. “We revamped the web site and marketing materials, and incorporated the day to day management it into our processes. We’re seeing a lot of municipal pool opportunities out there and also pool projects in the education sector.”


Barnard credits Contegra’s growth to the company being open to diversification.


“We’ve diversified. That’s what we’ve done,” he said. “We are more things, to more people. It’s a tough climate. There are a lot of good contractors in our area and we compete against these contractors regularly. You have to differentiate yourself.


For more information about Contegra’s Capri Pool interest visit

By Greta Weiderman

West Star Aviation officials plan to invest $15 million this year building more facilities in East Alton, Ill., Grand Junction, Colo., and Columbia, S.C., adding 160,000 square feet of space.

At its location at St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton, the aviation service provider is planning to spend $5.8 million to add 67,000 square feet to its existing 250,000 square feet of facilities.

Construction is set to begin this week on a $5 million, 47,000-square-foot maintenance facility, to be built by Edwardsville, Ill.-based Contegra Construction Co. A 14,000-square-foot wood shop and a 6,000-square-foot accessory repairs shop will be added to existing buildings the company leases from St. Louis Regional Airport, according to Rodger Renaud, general manager of West Star Aviation in East Alton.

The company, which has added about 40 employees in East Alton in the past year, plans to increase its employee base there from 266 to 300, adding around 40 mechanic jobs that pay $29 to $30 an hour, or around $60,000 a year plus overtime, Renaud said.

On May 6, the company shifted about 13 of its 17 employees who worked in Chesterfield to its East Alton operations, as it moved some services from Chesterfield to East Alton, including the King Air, Beechjet, Premier and Hawker manufacturer-authorized service centers.

West Star also plans to sell its small maintenance, repair and operations facility in Dallas to Waypoint Holding, a financial holdings and services company, in a deal set to close June 1. Terms were not disclosed. The deal was announced about two months ago, Renaud said.

West Star, based in East Alton, specializes in airframe repair and maintenance, engine repair and maintenance, major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, paint, parts, surplus avionics sales, window repair and accessory services. It has a total of 630 employees and was formed in 2004 when Premier Air in East Alton acquired West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo. West Star is owned by private investors, and the company doesn’t disclose revenue.

Kerry L. Smith

Contegra Construction Co., based in Edwardsville and St. Louis, is celebrating growth in an industry that hasn’t seen a lot of positive movement overall given the state of the economy over the past four years.

President Eric Gowin and Vice President Jim Dearduff say Contegra’s Illinois headquarters at Gateway Commerce Center has been a key advantage in positioning the firm to focus on construction of warehouse distribution projects. But that’s not the only market in which the builder has excelled since incorporating 10 years ago, according to Gowin; over the past 18 months, higher education and K-12 has also been a concentration.

In Fall 2012, Contegra completed a $4.2 million addition to the Vadalabene Center (Lucas Annex) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The three-story, 30,000-square-foot building offers additional office space for the university’s athleetic department and includes unfinished space that will be needed now that SIUE has become a Division I institution.

Work is approximately 25 percent complete on an 8,000-square-foot addition to the National Great Rivers Research Center along Illinois Rte. 143 near the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton. Contegra Construction, in tandem with architect AAIC, is building a seamless addon structure between the original building and the Mississippi River. The structure will contain a mesocosm for drawing in river water and flanking it off so researchers can study it. The project is scheduled to be completed this summer.

Client referrals have expanded the geographic boundaries of Contegra’s business beyond the St. Louis metro area says Gowin. The firm recentlycompleted a 349,440-square-foot regional distribution center for Blount International and Trammell Crow in Kansas City, Mo. – a project that has earned Silver LEED)

Intentionally seeking to do business as a large construction company and to concentrate more intensely on negotiated work rather than hard bidding has served Contegra well through the years, according to Gowin. So has its loyal workforce, he adds. Consciously pursuing the bigger projects – and systematically putting the people in place to make those happen – has proved a recipe for success. In 2012, Contegra Construction saw its revenues increase 30 percent over the previous year and exceed $60 million. Gowin says that with an already good mix of work and good backlog headed in 2013,it looks to be another productive year.