Dec 7, 2017

Cole Is Not Clowning Around With Hunger

During the holiday season, we are reminded that hunger is scary, which is why Cole partnered up with Incite Design Studio to participate in Canstruction St. Louis.

Founded in 1992 by a group of architects and engineers as a way to combat hunger through innovative design, Canstruction features Citywide Competitions where competitors utilize canned food to design and create structures called Cansculptures. The Cansculptures are then displayed and judged, with awards given in various categories including “Best Meal” or “Best Use of Labels”.

For the competition this year, Incite designed our Cansculpture in the design of Pennywise, the infamous clown from Stephen King’s novel It, with Cole providing an assist with the actual Canstruction construction. Our collaboration netted the Incite-Cole team two awards: “Best Use of Labels” and the coveted “People’s Choice”!

Once the competition is over, the cans are donated to Operation Food Search. This year, Canstruction St. Louis provided Operation Food Search with 19,512 pounds of food comprised of 17,000 cans + 100 boxes + 48 salt and pepper shakers. A $32,975.28 value, this haul represents enough to feed 4,878 people!

A big believer in giving back to our community, Cole extends a big thank you to Incite Design Studio for teaming up, and gives a shout out to Hastings+Chivetta for organizing Canstruction St. Louis. To learn more about the national organization, please visit www.canstruction.org. Additional information regarding Canstruction St. Louis can be found on their Facebook page, @canstructionSTL.


 
Oct 25, 2017

Cole Helps Build Stronger Communities on the Links

Cole was proud to be a Platinum sponsor of the City of Charlotte’s Department of Transportation golf tournament benefiting the United Way of Central Carolinas. Currently facilitating an ADA Self-Evaluation for the City of Charlotte, Cole also has a field office in the City, and we feel strongly about giving back to the communities in which we work.

Accessibility means many things to many different people, and the United Way of Central Carolinas has made it their mission to provide access to various services and programs that would not usually be available to some residents. Fighting for the education, health, and financial stability of every person in their community, all donations remain local to support life-changing efforts in the City of Charlotte’s back yard. To learn more about their mission and to get involved, please visit their website:  https://uwcentralcarolinas.org/


 
Sep 18, 2017

Cole Went to the Dark Side…of the Moon

To celebrate the total solar eclipse on August 21, Cole hosted a Dark Side of the Moon Eclipse Viewing Party for clients and staff. With its open vistas, the parking garage roof at Cole’s St. Charles office located in the Streets of St. Charles served as the venue for unimpeded viewing. Food was provided by Bar Louie, a fellow Streets’ tenant, with water and beer from American-owned breweries. The Samurai Five band provided an eclipse-appropriate rocking ambiance, while we celebrated a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

If you were unable to join Cole, we hope you enjoyed the solar eclipse right here in our home town!


 
Aug 16, 2017

Segway Into ADA Compliance with Cole

Curious as to how Cole assists municipalities in achieving ADA compliance? Watch the video below to see how our Segways are utilized to accurately collect street and sidewalk data for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1LTxIgsEGg&feature=youtu.be&list=PLyLWQADRroOW-Zcx_ZoiNbvtf7hvMRaXx

For additional information on how Cole can assist with ADA transition planning, please contact Belinda Banger at bbanger@colestl.com.


 
May 4, 2017

Cole is Hiring in Charlotte, NC!

Cole is hiring for a Field Data Collection Technician in Charlotte, North Carolina!

Join us for an open interview day on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 10 AM to 3 PM.

 

Location:

The Hyatt House Charlotte City Center

435 E. Trade Street

Charlotte, NC 28202

 

Please bring a hard copy of your resume with you or email a copy ahead of time to hr@colestl.com.

 

See you Friday!


 
Nov 22, 2016

Announcing Cole’s Vice President of Engineering for Accessibility

Cole is pleased to announce that Melissa Anderson has joined our staff as the Vice President of Engineering for Accessibility.

Prior to joining Cole, Melissa worked at the US Access Board, serving as their Transportation Engineer, developing accessibility guidelines and assisting Federal, State and Local Agencies in meeting their obligations to provide accessible facilities for people who have disabilities. Her work involved refining the proposed Public Right of Way Accessibility Guidelines, updating the Transportation Vehicle Accessibility Guidelines and leading the Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee. Melissa also continues to participate as a subject matter expert on several research panels and remains a member of two committees for the Transportation Research Board.

Prior to her work for the Access Board, she was employed for 10 years with the Missouri Department of Transportation, where she was involved in traffic and safety data collection and analysis, research, standards development, and professional services procurement. Melissa became the statewide non-motorized transportation engineer, where she was responsible for developing pedestrian and bicycle policy, training staff and local agencies, and reviewing plans for accessibility.

Previously, Melissa also worked for two small local agencies on a wide variety of projects including water and waste water design, managing street and sidewalk programs, review of residential and commercial developments, and long range planning and zoning updates.

Cole is excited to have Melissa lead our ADA Team, providing expert guidance and working with our clients to understand their obligation to provide accessible facilities. We look forward to sharing her skills with our partners in the evaluation of their existing infrastructure and development of State and community transition and prioritization plans and accessible pedestrian networks.


 
Oct 7, 2016

Cole’s Phoenix Team Grows

Cole is pleased to announce Craig Bolze, PE, ENV SP, as Senior Project Manager in our Phoenix office.

A native of Arizona, Craig graduated from Arizona State University and is a registered Professional Civil Engineer and a certified Envision Sustainability Professional by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

With over 25 years of professional and technical civil engineering experience, he brings a wealth of executive and project management experience in both private development and public sector projects. Craig’s primary focus at Cole is to develop and execute infrastructure projects for public agencies.

“We are all very excited to welcome Craig to Cole’s team! With over 25 years of professional and technical civil engineering experience, he will provide Cole with a wealth of experience in both private land development as well as public sector projects. Craig will be instrumental in extending Cole’s involvement and expertise in public sector projects.” – Ted Luther, Phoenix Regional Operations Manager 

When he’s not helping Cole solve problems, Craig enjoys spending time with his family, especially when he can convince his wife to join him on a motorcycle ride. An avid backpacker, he can often be found hiking in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and he summited Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States, three times.

Welcome to the Cole team, Craig!


 
Sep 28, 2016

Goal! From Parking Lot to Soccer Field at Nahed Chapman New American Academy

In early 2016, Peter Tao of Tao + Lee Associates, Inc., approached Cole’s Jim Roth, PE, to discuss providing Civil Design consultation on a soccer field installation for a local school. This preliminary discussion became a multi-team project that transformed a pothole riddled piece of asphalt into a professional quality soccer field for the 320 students of Nahed Chapman New American Academy (NCNAA).

Cole provided survey and site planning services, along with storm water management design to direct water away from the synthetic turf field. Cole’s Jim Roth, PE, and Stan Fowler, EIT, donated their time and engineering expertise to this necessary project, and Tom Reynolds and Chad Weber provided survey services.

“No words can capture the feeling of seeing the students of NCNAA enjoy themselves on an improved playing surface and shelter and of being a part of a team that provided children who are grateful for what they have with experiences that they will cherish.” – Stan Fowler, EIT, Cole

The project team included professionals from Construction Forum STL, DG @ Design, Engraphix, PHL Inc., Millstone Weber, St. Louis Mosaic Project, St. Louis Public Schools, Tao + Lee & Associates, and Washington University in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club provided additional support by donating tickets to a St. Louis Football Club match earlier this year for a group of NCNAA students. Two St. Louis FC players also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and challenged the students to a scrimmage on the new soccer field.

Involvement in the project also included participation in the Gateway Welcome Project’s stirring committee, whose aim is to make the St. Louis metropolitan area a welcoming place for foreign-born immigrants and refugees and their families.

The Nahed Chapman New American Academy’s International Welcome School opened in 2009 to create a safe and nurturing school environment for immigrant students and war refugees, many of whom struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. To learn more about the school and its mission, please visit: www.slps.org/NCNAA.

To learn more about the Gateway Welcome Project and their important work in the region, please visit: www.gatewaywelcomestl.org.


 
Jan 20, 2015

The Lofts of Washington University Receives LEED Platinum Certification

The Lofts of Washington University has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification from the United States Green Building Council. The project received 84 total points out of only 80 required to achieve platinum, the highest level of certification. This 167-unit student housing and retail complex located in the Delmar Loop area of University City, Missouri, features a United Provisions grocery store and the 24-hour Peacock Loop Diner. The $80 million project was built on 4.5 acres which were previously occupied by underutilized buildings and surface parking.

Together with the University, the project team was striving for platinum certification throughout the design and construction process. Cole’s contribution includes working closely with Paric, the General Contractor, on pollution prevention during construction. In addition, Cole utilized a creative approach to stormwater management with a 25,000 gallon cistern to harvest rain water, several rain gardens for bioretention, and assisted DTLS Landscape Studio on a green roof. Cole has been involved in many LEED Certified projects on the Washington University campus, but this is the first LEED Platinum Certification for both Cole and the University.

Designed to minimize impact on the environment while creating healthy spaces for people, it is anticipated that the project will be 46 percent more efficient than standard construction. Architects Tao + Lee and William Rawn Associates are responsible for the solar thermal panels which heat 25 percent of the buildings’ hot water, solar photovoltaic cells providing 10 percent of the electrical needs, and exterior aluminum sunshades serving as both a cooling element and a unique design feature.

The Lofts is the first model of its kind for Washington University. The mix of uses brings new amenities to the neighborhood and has created a positive dramatic change for the Delmar Loop built environment.


 
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