Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building and Mirowitz Center

Work on the four-story, 110,000 SF Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building, a senior living facility BSI is constructing on Covenant Place's Millstone Campus, continues to make significant advances as the summer progresses.

"Framing is wrapping up, windows are installed, roofing systems are going in along with masonry work on the exterior and siding is scheduled to start this week," said Project Manager, John Kenter. Kenter has 35 years of experience in the industry and has successfully completed a number of large scale, wood frame, multi-family residential projects in the St. Louis area. Prior to this project, he served a Project Manager on the new Hospice House for BJC West County, completed in 2017.

BSI has a connection to the campus that goes back decades. BSI founder and Chairman Emeritus, Joe Shaughnessy, managed construction of the original B'nai B'rith Covenant House I building in 1971, when he was a Project Manager for Gamble Construction. That building was removed last summer in order to make way for the Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building that is under construction today.

Other team members for the Covenant Place project are: McCormack Baron Salazar (the project's developer), Gershman Mortgage (financing), and Lawrence Group (the architect).

The new facility will provide affordable housing and a rang of services that will enable seniors to successfully age in place, or live independently for a longer period of time. The $23 million structure will house Mirowitz Center, a senior services hub that will be open to the community and will offer:  medical/physical therapy clinics, legal/social service assistance, recreational classes, banking services, a multi-purpose room for worship/performances, and a cafe with a full food service.

The cafe will be called HJ's. It will be open six days a week and will offer carry out meals for those who would like to pick up a meal and go. "One side of the cafe will feature multiple screens so our sports fans can keep up with the games. We also plan to offer cooking demonstrations in between meal hours, which will be broadcast on the screens," stated Joan Denison, Covenant Place Executive Director.

"We're working with a great team at Covenant Place," said Kenter. "When completed, this building will truly benefit the entire community as well as the residents who live here," he continued. The rest of the BSI Project Team includes:  Fred McCall (Project Executive), Rob Beaulieu (Superintendent), Chris Badalamenti (Field Operations Director) and Bruce Calvert (Safety Director). 

Operation Clean Sweep 2018 - The Power of Community

BSI employees and family members were on hand recently to help clear three separate St. Louis properties in conjunction with Clean Sweep 2018. Sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Business Council and Better Family Life, Clean Sweep is an initiative that brings together residents, volunteers, city government and area construction companies to help clean and renew city neighborhoods.

The program takes place throughout summer and BSI was happy to participate. It was a hot, sticky Saturday - with a heat index of about 105 by noon. Our team of 19 people cleared several properties in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood, about a mile north of Grand Center. We cut trees, removed old fences, trimmed weeds and removed trash.

"Our Clean Sweep location was already very special to us, as it is within two blocks of our current jobsite at Missionaries of Charity on N. Spring Avenue," said BSI Vice President and Clean Sweep volunteer, Tim Hudwalker.

In 2017, BSI began construction on a new tilt-up, concrete panel, multi-purpose building that will serve primarily as a food kitchen for the St. Louis congregation of the Missionaries of Charity. "The Missionaries of Charity have set an extraordinary example through their support of this neighborhood, and the new food kitchen will allow them to provide continued service in St. Louis for many years to come," said Project Manager Andy Schwartz.

Mother Teresa, now St. Teresa of Calcutta, founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 in India. The St. Louis congregation serves a daily meal and also provides after school care for children. The new building (which will replace an older facility) will have a kitchen, serving area, chapel, children's daycare, offices, meeting & activity spaces and storage. The project is expected to wrap up later this year.

Schwartz was also on the Clean Sweep team for BSI. "The 'Clean Sweep' was a great opportunity to help a struggling part of our city look a little better for those who call it home," he said. Clean Sweep continues through August. The program seeks to provide a real sense of hope to inner-city residents and to demonstrate what is possible when people come together.

BSI's Clean Sweep 2018 team includes: Scott Held, Alex Held, Taylor Held, Ken Kolb, Julie Kolb, Cooper Kolb, Jim Horner, Ann Horner, Quin Atkins, Brian Bell, Pam Crook, Tim Hudwalker, Megan Hudwalker, Joe Kaiser, Paul Mueller, Neehall Philogene, Anna Pozzo, Andy Schwartz and Kelly Swanson.

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In Progress: The Union Trust Building's Transformation into Hotel Saint Louis

Restoration of the iconic Union Trust building at 705 Olive Street in St. Louis is expected to be substantially complete by the end of 2018. The 15-story building, designed by legendary architect Louis Sullivan, was built in 1892 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Much of the original building's character and details will be maintained in the renovations currently underway.

BSI is working with Restoration St. Louis and Checkmate Design to transform the historic structure into Hotel Saint Louis, a Marriott Autograph boutique hotel that will have 140 rooms. The top three floors are being converted into residential apartments (including a rooftop penthouse). There are also plans for a rooftop pool and a rooftop restaurant with a bar called Form, in homage to Sullivan's "form follows function."

Hotel Saint Louis will have many additional amenities, including a ballroom, a spa and a street-level restaurant. BSI has successfully completed a number of projects for Restoration St. Louis, including Hotel Blackhawk and the ML Parker Building (both in Davenport, Iowa). Hotel Blackhawk was named the "Most Beautiful Hotel in Iowa" by Architectural Digest in 2017.

For this project, BSI's team includes Project Executive Jim Shaughnessy, Senior Project Manager Steve Schrage, Project Engineer Peter Boudoures and Superintendent Haus Truelove. Truelove worked on Hotel Blackhawk and Boudoures has the distinct honor of helping restore the Union Trust building where his grandfather once had his law offices.

In a recent edition of St. Louis Construction News Review, Sr. Project Manager Steve Schrage discussed how impressive the Union Trust building remains even after all of these years, "I continue to be amazed at the detailing work that exists in these classic buildings," he said. "We're cleaning the building, tuck pointing it, making masonry repairs and replacing the windows. Other than that, structurally it is in great shape," he added.

BSI is honored to be part of this project to revitalize the historically significant Union Trust building and to convert it into a luxurious boutique hotel for Restoration St. Louis.



Additional links to recent stories include:

NEXTSTL (January 8, 2016)
St. Louis Business Journal (July 27, 2017)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (October 20, 2017)
KMOV-TV (June 7, 2018)