Latest in global positioning technology used to precisely locate walls for conduit
Minority-owned Power UP Electrical Contractors recently completed design-assist electrical construction on the new Grand Flats luxury apartments in St. Louis.
Located at 2232 S. Grand Blvd. in St. Louis’ Compton Heights neighborhood, the five-story, 124-unit development features a heated pool and sundeck; clubhouse; parking garage; studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments; luxury finishes; 24/7 fitness center; self-serve pet spa; coffee bar; designer kitchens; private balconies; social lounge; community micro-market; private meeting rooms and bike storage. The project’s developer was Clayton, Missouri-based Altus Properties.
Holland Construction Services of Swansea, Illinois hired Power UP Electrical Contractors to perform design-assist electrical construction on the $19 million project. Power UP electricians installed the building’s main power and lighting, low-voltage wiring in the clubhouse and two electric car chargers in the parking garage. Power UP also worked alongside the project’s associate architect, KAI Design, to design the building’s lighting.
“We had input on the lighting design and the architect allowed us to work with them to pick light fixtures that were easily accessible and simple to install,” said Power UP Project Manager Dan Uhle. “The ability to work closely with the design team allowed us to stay within the budget and material costs allocated for the project.”
“The jobsite itself was a challenge on the project,” said Uhle, which he described as tight and fast-paced with more time than usual spent coordinating delivery of equipment and materials to limited spaces to stay on deadline. A crew of 15 electricians took 15 months to complete the 116,000-square-foot building.
To save the developer additional time and money on the project, Power UP utilized the latest in global positioning technology from SaaS technology company Trimble to precisely locate the building’s walls so the electricians could install the conduit within them more easily and accurately.
The lead architect on the project was HOK, and the engineer was Aedifica Case, both of St. Louis. The project received a 2019 AIA St. Louis/AIA Central States Region Merit Award in the Architecture Category.
“Our goal on this project was to create a mini-metropolis with modern, luxury finishes and amenities that focus on convenience and community,” said KAI Senior Interior Designer Terry Crotty. “The Grand Flats apartments evokes an environment where people want to be.”