One of the most complex renovation projects in St. Louis is coming to life with the help of NECA contractors PayneCrest Electric, Inc. BRK Electrical Contractors, LLC, Pearl Street Electric and their IBEW workforce. The $230 million City Foundry, developed by Steve Smith CEO of Lawrence Group (who is also principal owner of the development), is slated to open in 2020 as a dynamic mix-use enclave in Midtown St. Louis. Read more about this exciting project near the Cortex Innovation District in the latest issue of St. Louis Construction News and Review (CNR).
Another IBEW/NECA project was spotlighted in St. Louis CNR’s look at mixed-use luxury living developments. NECA contractor Guarantee Electric is part of the team building Whispering Heights in Edwardsville, Ill. The two building, amenity-laden, multi-family development will also feature a retail component. It has phased opening this fall and in 2020.
IBEW Local 1 hosted its annual health fair on Oct. 12, 2019 at its union hall at 5850 Elizabeth Ave. The focus on wellness issues is an important part of IBEW health and welfare benefits as it strives to help members make better decisions about their health. With the theme of “Be a Super Hero Health” the health fair included flu shots, mammograms and free wellness screenings. It also included family fun activities and information on healthcare and wellness including making health lifestyle choices, behavioral health, good dental health, cancer awareness, prescriptions and more. The Electrical Connection is one of many sponsors for the health fair.
IBEW Local 1 helped its members in another way with its annual Greg Booth Ride for the Relief Committee on October 5th. Approximately 100 riders aboard motorcycles, classic and custom cars, old and new, participated in the event, which kicked off from the Henry Miller Museum at 2726 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. The ride is named in honor of former IBEW Business Manager Greg Booth, who passed away in 2012. It raises money for the IBEW worker relief fund and since its inception five years ago, the Ride for Relief has raised about $20,000 for workers in need.