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January 07, 2020 Project of the Week

Project Name: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Headquarters

Company Name: Paul McKee, Jr.

Project Location: North St. Louis City, Missouri United States

Project Information/Details: St. Louis Developer Paul McKee, Jr. and his real estate development company M Property Services (MPS) took a huge step last week toward fulfilling a vision to turn St. Louis into a worldwide geospatial intelligence hub with construction starting on a $1.75 billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency headquarters in the heart of NorthSide Regeneration – a 1,500-acre mixed-use development led by McKee to revitalize blighted North St. Louis City. Approximately 400 guests, including state and local politicians, military leaders, residents, NGA employees, business representatives and federal intelligence officials, attended a Nov. 26 groundbreaking ceremony on a 97-acre site at Cass and Jefferson avenues where the new NGA headquarters will be built. St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies and Falls Church, Virginia-based HITT Contracting were selected as the design-build team leading the facility’s construction. McKee was instrumental in bringing the new NGA headquarters to North St. Louis when MPS and Bob Clark of Clayco Realty Group responded in 2012 to a blind request for proposals, that later turned out to be NGA. McKee had assembled the majority of the land needed for the facility within his proposed NorthSide Regeneration Innovation District, then worked with city officials to assemble the remaining property to accommodate the agency’s site requirements. McKee and Clark credit Senator Roy Blunt (R, Missouri) and Congressman Lacy Clay (D, St. Louis) for advancing the NGA site selection and funding process over the past five years, as well as the State of Missouri which provided the economic incentives to deliver the site. “With the incredible anchor of NGA’s $1.75 billion project now in the construction phase, the Innovation District within NorthSide Regeneration has begun,” said McKee. “Now we welcome the entire Geospatial/Geo-Intelligence industry leaders to come join NGA in this robust community.” The NGA project, the largest North St. Louis has seen in generations, will employ more than 3,000 people and is expected to boost the economy of the underserved area, which is located less than a mile from Downtown St. Louis, The Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium. Since learning of NGA’s plans to build in North St. Louis, geospatial intelligence firms MAXAR Technologies of Colorado and T-Kartor of Sweden have opened offices in The Globe Building in Downtown St. Louis. McKee also has plans for a GEOINT Village and Healthworks Village in the Innovation District to attract more geospatial intelligence firms to St. Louis. The new 712,000-square-foot NGA facility will replace the agency’s current facility in South St. Louis, which dates back to the 1840s. NGA is the world leader in timely, relevant, accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence that enables the U.S. intelligence community and the Department of Defense to fulfill the President’s national security priorities to protect the nation. The decision to build a new facility came after a series of planning studies showed it would be less costly, quicker and less disruptive to NGA’s mission to build a new facility rather than upgrade NGA’s current facilities. It has not yet been decided what will happen to NGA’s current campus, which is owned by the U.S. Air Force, when NGA vacates. The new facility will include office space, parking garages, a visitor’s center, an inspection facility and control access points. The facility, which is designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification for environmental sustainability, is expected to be completed and fully operational by 2025. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing the construction on behalf of NGA. “The new campus will be a secure, flexible, cutting-edge intelligence facility that will put NGA in the heart of St. Louis’ growing geospatial ecosystem and help NGA take advantage of its biggest strengths, its people and partners,” said NGA director Vice Admiral Robert Sharp. “NGA has been proud to call St. Louis home for the past 70 years. I’m excited to see what NGA’s people and partners in the St. Louis region can accomplish together for the next 70.” McKee has plans to develop the remaining acres around NGA that includes a total of three million square feet of office, two million square feet of retail, one million square feet for tech, 3,000 market-rate residential units and a primary care hospital. A new ZOOM C-store/gas station and GreenLeaf Market have already been completed within the development. An attendee at the groundbreaking Brian Krueger, head of the St. Louis Place Community Association where NGA will be located, said McKee deserves a lot of credit for assembling the land and bringing the new facility to his neighborhood, and he is grateful to see the progress. St. Louis Place is bounded by Palm Street on the north, Cass Avenue on the south, North Florissant on the east and North Jefferson on the west. “My wife and I have been in St. Louis Place for about 17 years and we have always been hopeful that someone would take an interest in the neighborhood. We attended many of Paul’s neighborhood meetings and heard his vision. As head of the St. Louis Place Community Association, Paul has always made himself available to come in and work with us,” said Krueger. “NGA would not be here without the assemblage of land that Paul put together. Plus, it was Paul who found and responded to the initial RFP that started the process in the first place.” About M Property Services M Property Services, LLC (MPS) is a full-service real estate development, property management and brokerage firm based in O’Fallon, MO. At the core of every MPS development is the concept of LifeWorks® – the creation of master-planned environments that are attuned to the needs and aspirations of the total person, providing opportunities for individuals to live, learn, work, play and pray. M Property Services has provided development assistance for over 3,600 acres and over 3.5 million square feet of commercial and residential space. Specializing in large-scale, mixed-use developments, MPS and its affiliates have owned or developed and sold office buildings, industrial facilities, retail centers and sites throughout the St. Louis metropolitan region and surrounding states. Developments include the 1,200-acre WingHaven® mixed-use community in O’Fallon, MO; NorthPark premier business park in North St. Louis County; and NorthSide Regeneration, an urban mixed-use community encompassing over 1,500 acres in North St. Louis City. For more information about M Property Services, visit www.mps-stl.com or call 636-561-9300.

December 17, 2019 Project of the Week

Project Name: Hub Group Headquarters Phase II

Company Name: Morgan / Harbour

Project Location: Oak Brook, Illinois United States

Project Information/Details: Phase II is a new ground-up 135,000 SF, four-story office build-to-suit for the Hub Group (NASDAQ: HUBG) on Clearwater Drive in Oak Brook, Illinois. Phase I was originally completed by MHC in 2014 achieving LEED Gold status, and was named among Chicago’s “Coolest Offices” by Crain’s Chicago Business. In Phase II, Morgan / Harbour will construct a replica of the Phase I building with open work areas, private offices, conference rooms throughout, and a fitness center. The buildings will be connected via an under-course walkway. Additional building features will include high-efficiency HVAC, energy efficient lighting controls and storm water harvesting. Phase II represents the planned expansion of the headquarter facility on the 29-acre site located in the I-88 Tech Corridor. The existing property features underground parking, natural habitat landscaping, ponds and walking trails. Hub Group is a transportation management company in North America providing intermodal, truck brokerage and logistics services.

Morgan / Harbour

December 10, 2019 Project of the Week

Project Name: Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Company Name: KAI Build and PARIC Corporation

Project Location: Creve Coeur, Missouri United States

Project Information/Details: KAI Build and joint venture partner PARIC Corporation have completed construction on a new 260,000-square-foot Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri. A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the hospital’s grand opening was held on Oct. 29. The new $130 million hospital is located behind an existing 50-year-old hospital at 12634 Olive Blvd. that will be razed and replaced by green space and additional parking. The replacement hospital is designed as the “hospital of the future” with maximum flexibility, efficiency and technological advancements that allow clinicians to spend more time caring for patients. “Every detail of the new Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is designed to improve outcomes, as well as the experience for our patients, families and the team providing their care,” said Bob Cannon, president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and group president of BJC HealthCare. “The combination of advanced technology, adaptable clinical spaces and a welcoming campus will create the ideal environment for care and healing.” The new 6-level hospital features 64 private rooms with accommodations for family members; 14 operating rooms, including one robotic operating room; four intensive care unit rooms; separate elevators for staff, patients, visitors and supplies; lobby, waiting areas and café; and capacity to accommodate 32 additional rooms and two operating rooms in response to future demand. A medical office building will also be constructed attached to the hospital that will include four floors of physician office space totaling 100,000 square feet and parking that will be nested underneath the building. Construction of the medical office building is expected to be completed in 2020. KAI Build and PARIC provided preconstruction services on the hospital project, including value engineering throughout the design development and project management leadership for the design-assist mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection subcontractors. In addition to the joint venture management role, KAI Build and sister company The UP Companies also provided project management and field logistical support with a senior project engineer, field superintendent, carpenter foremen, carpenters and laborers. KAI Build and The UP Companies installed the doors and hardware, architectural general works, rough carpentry and expansion joints. The building’s terra cotta exterior was installed by PARIC and The UP Companies. Christner was the architect for the project, and IMEG was the engineer. About KAI Enterprises KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. For nearly 40 years, KAI has been instrumental in transforming communities through its expertise in residential, commercial, K-12, higher education, healthcare, science and technology, aviation, mobility, sports and entertainment, government, water and community-focused projects. KAI Enterprises is comprised of four distinct business units—KAI Design, KAI Engineering, KAI Build and KAI 360 Construction Services. To learn more about KAI, visit www.kai-db.com. About PARIC Corporation PARIC Corporation was established in 1979 and is currently one of the largest privately held, St. Louis based, companies and ranked nationally in the ENR Top 200. As a premier General Contractor, Construction Manager, and Design/Builder PARIC provides a complete range of construction services, specializing in commercial, interiors, academic, healthcare, historic renovation, hospitality and entertainment, senior living, and multi-family. PARIC is at the forefront of construction advancements, utilizing the latest in virtual design and construction technology. PARIC partners with clients to help build their vision by providing a level of quality and service that we believe is unmatched. For more information about PARIC visit PARIC.com