St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction Inc. is expanding operations with the launch of a new Parks Division.
The division will design, engineer and install recreational spaces and amenities for state, county and municipal governments and schools.
Recreational consultant Ben Brown will lead business development efforts for the division, which employs seven dedicated team members, with additional support from more than 50 specialists in other Byrne & Jones divisions.
Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones is a diversified civil site contractor and one the largest paving and sports facility contractors in St. Louis with a concrete, asphalt, sports, microsurfacing, soil stabilization and now a parks division.
Brown notes the new Parks Division will serve communities that saw a significant increase in parks and recreation space usage during the pandemic. “If there’s one thing we learned during this pandemic, it’s that parks and open spaces are essential to mental and physical health and well-being. There’s a lot of new data coming in on how people and families use parks and recreational facilities that we can use to help communities and institutions improve playgrounds, park design, and physical fitness amenities.”
In launching the new Parks Division, Byrne & Jones will tap its extensive experience in building more than 450 athletic fields for high schools, colleges and communities as well as other recreational venues. Projects have been done on both sides of the Mississippi River. A few include:
– O’Fallon Family Sports Park, O’Fallon, Ill.
– Plummer Family Park, Edwardsville, Ill.
– Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, is a 4,256-acre site on the south side of the Missouri River at its confluence with the Mississippi River.