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Helmkamp Construction building Illinois American Water operations center

East Alton-based Helmkamp Construction has begun construction of Illinois American Water’s new operations center in Jerseyville.

The 16,000-square-foot center will consolidate field operations, administrative and operations support staff in a single location at 501 Mound St.

Kyle Ogden, project director at Helmkamp, welcomed attendees at a groundbreaking event this month.

“Thank you to the entire design build team for their work in the design phase and getting us to this point.  We are all excited to move into the construction phase and bring this project to life,”  he said.

Joining in the occasion was Jerseyville Mayor William Russell.

Helmkamp’s leadership team on the construction includes Project Manager Cole Hagen and Superintendent Randy Houck.

Houck has nearly 18 years of building projects in the field for Helmkamp Construction.

“The design team has a combination of prior experience with both American Water projects and other projects completed in Jerseyville.  Between M+H (Architects), the engineering firms, and our ability to run highly successful projects, we felt this was a collaboration that would offer the best results for Illinois American Water.”

The design build team on this project includes Helmkamp Construction (General Contractor), M+H Architects (architect), Heneghan & Associates (civil engineer), SSC Engineering (structural engineer), and Custom Engineering (mechanical engineer).

Construction is projected to be completed by the end of 2022.

Helmkamp Construction and Illinois American Water.  Pictured left to right:  Mike Farrell, Cole Hagen, Randy Houck, Kyle Ogden, Ethan Steinacher, Nora Cobb, Ric Cooper, Jennifer Doody, Karen Coope, and Pat Young.

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