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Missouri Projects Named Some of Best Design-Build in the Nation

The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce its 2021 Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners, including two Missouri projects. The Robert A. Young Federal Building in St. Louis and the I-435 South Loop Link in Kansas City have received National Design-Build Merit Awards. These projects will also go on to compete for a National Award of Excellence and Project of the Year to be announced at DBIA’s Design-Build Conference & Expo Awards Ceremony, November 2nd.

At approximately 1 million square feet, the Robert A. Young (RAY) Federal Building is one of the largest office buildings in downtown St. Louis. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) undertook the $75 million design-build project to provide additional shelter-in-place opportunities and safe exiting for the building’s 3,000 occupants in the event of an earthquake. The early 1930s Art Deco brick and terracotta building is vulnerable to seismic hazards because of its proximity to two seismic zones. The project represented the first use of seismic dampers in a St. Louis building retrofit and the team’s innovation enabled all work to be completed while the building was 100 percent occupied by 3,000 employees from 48 separate government agencies.

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Aschinger Honored At ASA Awards

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council announced the winners of its Friday Night Lights Awards Gala on June 25th, 2021. The award categories included General Contractor of the Year, Outstanding MEP Subcontractors, Outstanding Specialty Subcontractors, and Service Provider/Supplier of the Year. The ASA Midwest Council awarded special safety awards to qualifying ASA members who have achieved work safety excellence in 2020, as well as an overall Safety Cup award given to one ASA member company. Subcontractors were judged on bid ethics and practice, safety policy and practices, jobsite supervision, communication, scheduling coordination, project relations, administrative procedures/paperwork and quality workmanship.

Aschinger Electric was chosen as the Outstanding MEP Subcontractor as voted on by the General Contractor community, and received the ASA Safety Cup award for the most overall improvement in safety practices and performance. Through implementation of new safety practices and increased safety training, Aschinger has reduced its EMR from 0.98 in 2016 to 0.62 in 2021.

Emily Martin, Aschinger’s President/CEO told the Aschinger team, “Thank you for everything you do to make us shine for our customers and to work safely! I’m very proud of our whole team for all their work!” Rob Sherman, Director of Field Operations, added “Both awards are prestigious and differentiators in our market. Thank you for all of the hard work and continued effort at making Aschinger a great company.”

Martin named one of the Top 20 Women In Construction

From CNR Magazine:

As president of Aschinger Electric, Emily Martin manages all operations at Aschinger and also serves as chairman of the board. She has worked in the construction industry for 22 years, but she admits that she did not initially see herself running an electrical contracting business. She began her career as a lawyer, earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri – Kansas City after earning a history degree from Fontbonne University. But an opportunity arose, with its own unique challenges, to enter the family business and advance the next generation of family entrepreneurship. Emily embraced that opportunity, learning the business from her father, Eric Aschinger. Since taking the reins as president of the company in 2007 as the fourth generation of family leadership, revenues have increased by 75 percent as the firm continually adapts to rapid advancements in technology. Aschinger Electric is now the fifth-largest St. Louis-based electrical contractor and the largest woman-owned electrical contractor in the region. Emily counts among her mentors her father Eric, Aschinger General Foreman Doug Noelke, her National Electrical Contractors Association peers and St. Louis NECA Vice President Doug Martin. Inspiring more women to enter the construction industry is a huge priority for Martin. She does so by example and through mentoring and speaking engagements to women and women’s groups, emphasizing the importance of developing business relationships and community involvement as steps toward building a rewarding career in the industry.

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St. Louis-based firms Azimuth Energy, Aschinger Electric launch solar-focused joint venture

Two St. Louis-based companies, Azimuth Energy and Aschinger Electric Co., said Tuesday they’ve inked an agreement to form a joint venture focused on expanding their footprint in the solar energy sector.

The two firms said the new partnership will focus on bidding on and building utility scale and commercial solar projects. The agreement is the “first of its kind in the St. Louis region between a solar engineering and construction firm and an electric contractor,” officials said.

Azimuth, a solar engineering and construction firm, and Aschinger aren’t strangers to each other. The companies have previously worked on nearly 100 solar engineering projects dating back to 2009. Their relationship began as a prime and subcontractor arrangement before becoming more formalized, said Azimuth President Marc Lopata.

“About two years ago, we started structuring our projects as joint ventures so that we could be more competitive and efficient. Then, about six months ago, we decided to join forces on a company basis rather than a project basis,” he said.

The two companies said their partnership will provide them with the ability to more competitively bid on projects and to operate more efficiently by reducing costs and sharing resources.

“In the renewable energy field, you find that a lot of companies are engineering only and hiring out construction or the other way around — they are only constructing but not developing or engineering projects,” said Aschinger President Emily Martin. “To have both of those capabilities with one team allows us to be more competitive and react more quickly to the market. We see a lot of growth in this market coming forward in the next 10 years for certain, but even over the next 30.”

Azimuth and Aschinger will operate out of adjacent office spaces in Fenton.

“We look forward to working even more closely with Aschinger and parlaying our strengths to better serve the community and region,” said Lopata. “I am particularly excited to have Mike Seger aboard as vice president of renewable energy for Aschinger Electric. Mike and I have built hundreds of solar-energy projects together, like the solar roof of the Moonrise Hotel, and Mike is one of the most capable professionals in the industry.”

Azimuth has 12 employees. Clayton-based private equity firm Oakland Capital Partners in 2019 made a majority investment in the energy firm. Aschinger has about 170 employees and is among St. Louis’ largest women-owned companies. It had revenue of $56 million in 2019.


Aschinger named in the Top 600 by Engineering News-Record

Engineering News-Record has named Aschinger Electric Company in their Top 600 Specialty Contractors list.

Aschinger named in the Top 10 St. Louis’ largest women-owned businesses

Aschinger Electric was named #9 in the St. Louis Business Journals’ list of the top 50 women-owned businesses.