Air Products Membrane Solutions Selects PARIC For Major Expansion Project

Groundbreaking for Air Products Membrane Solutions’ 75,000-square-foot expansion took place today at their Maryland Heights facility. Mobilization is underway with completion is expected in 2025.  Major subcontracting partners include icon Mechanical and PayneCrest Electric.

From left to right:

  • Jacob Surratt, Director of Credits and Incentives, Steadfast City Economic and Community Partners
  • Taylor Mazdra, Regional Manager, Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • Larry Davis, Community Engagement Manager for St. Louis County
  • Mike Picker, Vice President PARIC Corporation
  • Rob Smegner, Air Products Membrane Solutions, Plant Manager
  • Mike Moeller, Mayor – Maryland Heights, Missouri
  • Dr. Erin Sorensen, Air Products Membrane Solutions, General Manager

After a detailed and competitive review, Air Products Membrane Solutions selected PARIC for this major expansion which will increase production capacity and will allow the addition of 30 full-time employees.

The Air Products expansion is driven by an increasing customer demand in biogas and hydrogen recovery applications, as well as customer needs for the use of nitrogen for the aerospace industry and cleaner fuels for the marine industry. Air Products is a global leader in the production of gas separation and purification membranes.

Rendering: M+H Architects

PARIC focuses on building excellence while also building answers to the special challenges impacting their customers’ operations. The PARIC team of industrial and manufacturing specialists offers a combined 100-plus years of experience with complex production challenges and mission-critical facilities. The company’s growing reputation of consistently living its core values of exceeding expectations and relentlessly improving has led to becoming one of the largest and fastest growing privately owned businesses in the Midwest.

Boeing Selects PARIC-Led Team For Massive St. Louis Facilities Project

After narrowing from more than 25 nationwide teams, Boeing has selected a PARIC-led joint venture for a million-plus square-foot expansion of the company’s Air Dominance production site near St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Construction of the various facilities is expected to employ an estimated 1,200 construction craft workers over the course of the program.

Detailed pre-construction planning is underway with initial construction estimated for Q1 2024, according to PARIC President Mike Rallo, Jr.

Key subcontractors include Arch Key/Sachs, icon Mechanical, Murphy Mechanical, PayneCrest Electric and Shannon & Wilson. Industrial Project Innovation (IPI) serves as the owner’s representative. Jacobs provides engineering services.

St. Louis Community College Selects PARIC for Florissant Valley Health Sciences Building

St. Louis Community College, through a competitive selection process, has chosen PARIC Corp. to construct a four-story, $44 million health sciences building on the Florissant Valley campus.

Construction of the 100,000-square-foot facility is expected to begin this summer and be competed by December 2024. 

The Community College is modernizing facilities and programming at Florissant Valley to meet today’s job training and retraining demands. Replacing many of the school’s current facilities which were built more than a half-century ago and cannot be updated to meet today’s training and technological needs will lead to significant continuing savings on utilities and maintenance while also supporting the school’s plans to remain a leader among its peer learning institutions

Other firms on the Health Sciences Building team include KAI Architects and NAVIGATE Building Solutions. Rendering credit: KAI

PARIC Constructs Missouri S&T’s Vision for Innovation in the Midwest

Missouri Science and Technology needed a partner to achieve its vision of transforming the university into the Midwest hub for research, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. PARIC is that partner. 

In 2020, the Missouri S&T Chancellor set a strategic vision of growing the school’s enrollment by 50% and achieving Carnegie R1 status. Missouri S&T was setting its aim to rival the national leaders in technical education—to be discussed in the same breath as Purdue and Georgia Tech. To achieve this vision for the future, Chancellor Dr. Mohammad Dehghani knew they would need to build a physical campus worthy of this goal. 

“The definition of an excellent university includes excellent students and excellent faculty, and we need to have a fitting campus for the types of students and faculty we want to continue to attract,” said Chancellor Dehghani.

Rendering of high-bay manufacturing lab space at the Missouri s&T Protoplex.
Rendering of high-bay manufacturing lab space at the Missouri S&T Protoplex.

PARIC Builds Answers

The university faced a unique challenge. There was no “front door” to the campus. In order to raise the national profile of the university, they needed a plan that included a physical building that would make a statement to the nation that “Missouri S&T is here to compete with the most talented engineers in the world.” This master plan—The Manufacture Missouri Ecosystem—will be anchored by one of the region’s most daring and inspired buildings—the Missouri Protoplex.

“The Protoplex is the centerpiece or crown jewel of the innovation campus,” said PARIC Client Engagement Manager Kevin Sullivan.

PARIC is literally constructing Missouri S&T’s vision for the future—a 116,000-sq-ft laboratory building designed for collaborative work, which requires flexibility to move back and forth between the suites of traditional lab, office and conference spaces and large, secure, well-appointed high-bay manufacturing lab spaces.

“The high bay nature of the build and the equipment that’s going to go inside is really a first for our state,” Sullivan said. “I’m excited about the role PARIC is playing in the future of Missouri. Attracting jobs and people from outside the state to Missouri S&T, but also providing a great foundation of excellence for the students.”