Four Electrical Connection member projects vying for AGC Keystone Awards

IBEW LOCAL 1 contractor Guarantee Electrical Company has three projects competing for this year’s AGC of Missouri Keystone Awards including its work on the build-out of the first alternative healthcare facility conversion in Missouri in response to the coronavirus pandemic at Christian Hospital Northeast (left), the SSM Health Saint Louis University Replacement Hospital and the MEMC Global Wafers SOI Building Expansion Project. Meanwhile, PayneCrest Electric is competing for its work on the City Foundry STL complex in St. Louis (at right). – Compass Communications photos

This year’s Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri Keystone Awards feature four Electrical Connection member projects competing for top honors in construction excellence.

The projects include three by Guarantee Electrical Company and one by PayneCrest Electric, Inc. Both electrical contractors are members of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA), which partners with IBEW Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection.

“As always, the projects competing for the AGC Keystone Awards reflect the enormous complexities of work that our NECA contractors are called upon to deliver,” said Doug Martin, St. Louis Chapter NECA executive vice president. “They require the very best in thoughtful engineering, planning and precision construction management to meet owner expectations.”

Guarantee projects vying for the AGC Keystone Awards include:

  • MEMC Global Wafers SOI Building Expansion Project – In January 2019 Guarantee was engaged to provide electrical construction services in support of MEMC Global’s addition to its existing clean-room SOI production building, joining a team consisting of L. Keeley Construction Co. and Bilfinger Industrial Services. The assignment is a continuation of over a decade in which Guarantee provides electrical and communications support services to MEMC’s Level 1 Cleanroom facilities and manufacturing processes, especially with respect to providing reliable electrical power and high-speed data communications.
  • SSM Health Saint Louis University Replacement Hospital – Guarantee joined the team led by Alberici Corporation in the construction of St. Louis University’s new 11-story, 600,000 square-foot replacement hospital. Guarantee’s role as the electrical and communications systems contractor was to assure that the university hospital and its medical campus infrastructure are fully supplied with the power and communications systems to continue their two-century-old mission of meeting the St. Louis community’s healthcare and medical educational requirements.
  • Powering the COVID Response Effort – During the last week of March 2020, Guarantee Electrical Company joined General Contractor Tarlton Corporation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build out the first alternative healthcare facility conversion in Missouri in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Concurrently, Guarantee was tasked with outfitting temporary triage units and mobile testing stations at multiple area healthcare facilities.

The PayneCrest project competing for an AGC Keystone Award is the City Foundry STL, the transformation by Steve Smith and Lawrence Group of the historic, former Century Electric Co. foundry complex in Midtown. The biggest challenge for the PayneCrest team while working on the City Foundry STL project was creating a new electrical infrastructure from an existing building, while restoring the historical features of the space. Since the 15-acre lot wasn’t setup for its current use, PayneCrest had to collaborate with its team and partners to develop solutions tailored for installations.

“Our IBEW workforce is proud to have worked with our NECA partners on these projects,” said Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1 business manager. “When you dig deep into the challenging nature of the assignments, the value of combining proficient management skills by NECA contractors with IBEW’s skilled and safe workforce becomes clear.”

Since 1997, when the AGC Keystone Awards competition was launched, more than 100 NECA contractor projects have been honored. The prestigious construction awards program salutes projects for safety, proficiency in overcoming challenges and the quality of delivery, including maintaining budget and schedule.

“Our members’ success in this prestigious awards program is evidence of their continuous ability to adapt to our nation’s needs in electrical and communications installations,” said Jim Curran, Electrical Connection executive vice president. “This is especially true in an era when disruptive technologies are changing our world so rapidly, requiring ever greater innovation on the part of our NECA contractors and IBEW workforce.”

Winners of the 2020 Keystone Awards will be announced at a to-be-determined celebration event later this year. For more information, visit

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