Missouri State Penitentiary redevelopment team adds general contractor

Jefferson City staff is currently working to finalize a development agreement for the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP). The Jefferson City council chose a development team from the St. Louis area for the project. The team consists of Chesterfield Hotels, Arcturis, Peckham Architecture, Central Missouri Professional Services, and recent addition, PARIC Corporation, as the general contractor.

Some of the development team has worked together on many completed projects, while some of the companies will be working together for the first time.

David Parmley, owner of Chesterfield Hotels, said Arcturis and Peckham Architecture were in discussions about the project after the city released the request for qualifications in the spring of 2019.

The development team's plan is to transform the 30-acre property at MSP into a multi-use space with a hotel and conference center at the heart. Other proposed elements include office space, a two-sheet ice arena, retail, housing and other multi-use buildings.

Chesterfield has served as an over-arching organizer of the project and will continue to do so, Parmley said, but their primary focus will be on the hotel and conference center.

"We want to make sure things get developed around the hotel, things that will hopefully generate business for the hotel, like the hockey rink," Parmley said.

Todd Goodrich, vice president of business development at PARIC, gave a presentation to the council with information about the company and their past project experience.

During the council meeting, Goodrich told the council PARIC has a different approach to projects. Typically, an owner would hire an architect and designer, create plans and then hire a general contractor.

"What we've learned is there are better ways to do it," Goodrich said. "We can bring different value to our clients by getting involved earlier and collaborating with the team to put our knowledge to work with theirs and ultimately develop a better, smarter project with more certainty."

Parmley said PARIC is a great addition to the team based on the scope of the project.

"We thought all along it would be helpful to bring somebody that has more of a construction background for building stuff out and delivering turn-key packages," he said. "The city is looking for turn-key development here, and that's something PARIC can bring to the table."

One of PARIC's most noteworthy projects is Ballpark Village — a commercial, hospitality and entertainment space constructed near Busch Stadium in 2014.

PARIC served as construction manager for the first phase of development — a $100 million, 100,000-sq. ft. project which included a restaurant, the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum and Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser Brew House.

The $260 million second phase of the project began in 2018 and included another 700,000 sq. ft. of development which included a 29-story mixed-use apartment building, an 8-story Loews Hotel, an 11-story Class A office building, and a retail development.

PARIC also partnered with the St. Louis Blues to renovate the Enterprise Center ice arena, including complete reconstruction of the ice rink, replacement scoreboards,  new locker rooms, concession areas, retail stores, and VIP areas.

Parmley said this experience will be helpful as the proposed plan includes a two-sheet ice arena that was a very popular idea with the community.

The MSP project will not be the first time PARIC has worked with Chesterfield Hotels or Arcturis.

Chesterfield Hotels and PARIC worked together on the construction of a Hampton Inn & Suites in Columbia, which opened in 2008, and construction of a Hampton Inn & Suites in Chesterfield, Parmley said.

Parmley said PARIC is also working on a proposal for a planned second tower at The Broadway Hotel in Columbia — a $23 million project.

In Jefferson City, PARIC has completed a few small projects at Capital Region Medical Center and Heisinger Bluffs, Goodrich said.

Goodrich said the company has completed close to 100 projects with Arcturis in the past.

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