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Clayco and Legacy Building Group Win $130M Missouri Baptist Medical Center Project

(St. Louis Business Journal) — Clayco and Legacy Building Group are the winning bidders to build one of the region’s largest construction projects with a green light: Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s $130 million patient tower, entryway and garage in Town & Country.

Rounding out the project team are architectural firm HOK, engineering firm KJWW Engineering Consultants, electrical contractor Sachs Electric, mechanical contractor Murphy Co. and civil engineering firm Stock & Associates. Rebecca Nolan is senior vice president and managing principal of HOK’s St. Louis office. Todd Weaver is president of Legacy Building Group.

Clayco’s team beat out three other contractor/architectural teams for the work: Paric and ACI/Boland; SM Wilson & Co. and Christner; and Alberici and the Lawrence Group.

The project, originally proposed in March 2008, finally has a start date, which is welcome news to a construction industry that has seen its project pipeline evaporate.

Missouri Baptist is set to break ground in February on the new 227,000-square-foot, six-story West Pavilion patient tower and a five-story parking garage on its 65-acre campus at Interstate 270 and Highway 40.

The new tower is the first sizable capital project Missouri Baptist has pursued since it completed the $49.7 million East Pavilion two years ago. The East Pavilion, built by McCarthy Building Cos., included a new emergency department and cancer center in a five-story addition.

Missouri Baptist President Joan Magruder began discussions about the West Pavilion last year, but the project is moving forward now, in part, thanks to attractive construction pricing.

Materials pricing could be headed up, making now an opportune time to lock in lower prices, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The AGC reported Dec. 14 that diesel, copper and brass mill shapes are on the rise. “Public agencies and private owners contemplating construction projects should treat today’s figures as a warning shot,” AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson said in a statement this week. “Prices for many materials have stopped falling and are poised for increases.”

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Posted December 21, 2009

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