ST. LOUIS – In the year since its debut, the newly renovated Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis is earning national and global accolades. The latest is an Electric TV video saluting the work of six Electrical Connection-member contractors and their IBEW Local 1 workforce. The five-year, $380 million rejuvenation of the Gateway Arch National Park refreshed the landscaping to make the grounds more accessible to downtown St. Louis. It also expanded and created a new interactive Museum at the Gateway Arch. The 47,000 square-foot addition to the museum has a new entrance, which is connected to the city of St. Louis over I-44 via a 274 foot wide land bridge. On Oct. 2, 2019 the project will again be saluted with Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Global Best Practices Award in the cultural category at its awards gala at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.
According to the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, the recognition for excellence is among nine honors given to the Arch grounds project over the past year including:
· United States Green Building Council, LEED Gold: Museum at the Gateway Arch;
· American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington, 2019 Engineering Excellence Non-Design Grand Award: Alpha Corporation for the Gateway Arch National Park;
· American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri Engineering Excellence Grand Award: IMEG Corp. for the Gateway Arch. IMEG Corp. is also the recipient of the ENR award;
· American Council of Engineering Companies, National Recognition Award, 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards: The Museum at the Gateway Arch;
· Docomomo US, Civic Design Award of Excellence, 2019 Modernism in America Awards: Gateway Arch National Park; and
· The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, American Architecture Awards 2019: Museum at the Gateway Arch
Four of the Electrical Connection contractors who worked on the project are also members of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). They include Guarantee Electric Co. (GECO) which served as the prime electrical contractor for the team lead by general contractors McCarthy and Kozeny Wagner; Aschinger Electric; Kaemmerlen Electric; and Briner Electric, which has since been acquired by Aschinger. Two other contractors, X-Cell Electric and Liberty Electric, are members of the Electrical Connection.
Photo credits: Gateway Arch Park Foundation