By RITA DUCKWORTH
Holland Construction Services broke ground in September on a new mixed-use property in Edwardsville, Illinois. The new Whispering Heights development on Illinois 157 will feature a mix of retail and residential units.
Holland is working with Edwardsville developer, Fireside Financial, on the $34 million project. It will include two six-story buildings totaling 172,000 square feet.
“Each building will have retail and restaurant space on the first floor and luxury apartments on the remaining five floors,” says Holland Project Executive, Doug Weber. “The north building will feature 110 units and the south building 43 units. Each will have a mixture of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments.”
Both buildings will feature a rooftop “amenity deck” with outdoor lounge seating, firepits, and barbecue grills. Adjacent to the outside decks will be an indoor lounge area. Large sliding doors will connect outside and inside common area space. The development will also include a clubhouse and fitness room.
Gray Design Group is the architect for the project. During the preconstruction process, Holland has worked closely with Gray and Fireside Financial on the building and parking layouts. “We need to provide adequate parking for both retail and residential use while maximizing the number of apartment units we can build,” says Weber. A 3.5-level pre-fab parking structure has also been included adjacent to the north building.
“Our biggest challenge is making the most efficient use of both parcels of ground,” says Weber. “The north parcel slopes up from Route 157, and then down to a creek. Special attention to topography and geotechnical constraints have been closely analyzed. We’re providing slope protection where needed, but minimizing retaining walls, all while keeping mindful of the budget.”
Holland Construction will be working simultaneously on both buildings. The south building is scheduled for completion by fall 2019, followed by the north building in January 2020.
Holland working on truck center
Holland Construction Services is working on a 12,000-square-foot renovation to house a new Mack Truck Service Center for Vanguard Truck Centers at 940 Harmsted Court in St. Charles, Mo.
The nearly $1 million renovation includes both interior and exterior work. The new service center will feature a newly remodeled interior, including a lobby, parts showroom and warehouse, drivers lounge, offices, a wash bay and service bays. The exterior of the building will receive new paint, canopy and signage, along with a new parking lot, landscaping and lighting.
Senior Project Manager Steve Teipe with Holland Construction Services commented that “Holland is very excited to be constructing this project for Vanguard Truck Centers which will allow Vanguard to provide truck service to their customers from the St. Charles, Mo., area.”
Vanguard Truck Centers owns and operates full service commercial truck centers across the United States with locations in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas.
Fitzgerald & Associates out of Oklahoma City, Okla., is the architect on the project. Construction is scheduled to be complete this October.
Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea.