Integrated Facility Services at work on $10 million seismic retrofit of mechanical systems at St. Louis federal building

Integrated Facility Services at work on $10 million seismic retrofit of mechanical systems at St. Louis federal building

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ST. LOUIS, MO – Integrated Facility Services (IFS) has begun work on a nearly $10 million ($9,818,910) HVAC, plumbing and fire protection renovation project at the Robert A. Young Federal Building in downtown St. Louis. The project is part of a $62 million design-build seismic retrofit of the historic 20-story building led by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., the design-build contractor.

The 1.05 million-square-foot Robert A. Young Federal Building is located within 150 miles of the New Madrid fault, one of the largest known earthquake faults in North America. IFS is relocating, replacing and bracing mechanical systems, VAV boxes, HVAC ductwork, fire protection and plumbing to accommodate the new structural steel braces and seismic dampers being installed.

The Robert A. Young Federal Building, built in 1933, is owned and managed by the U.S. General Services Administration. The building is 98 percent occupied by nearly 40 federal agencies, with more than 3,000 workers. The design-build team is working to minimize disruption while renovating the building for enhanced safety during and after a potential seismic event. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2018.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 270 professional and trade employees. Established in 1966, IFS delivers integrated mechanical engineering and construction, installation, service and planned maintenance, and energy conservation solutions to ensure occupant comfort, improve efficiency and reduce operational costs. Named a 2016 Midwest Top 50 Specialty Contractor by Engineering News Record and and ranked as the sixth largest mechanical contractor in the St. Louis region, IFS serves clients in Missouri and Illinois, with offices in St. Louis and Columbia. For more information, call (636) 680-2100 or (573) 442-6100 and visit

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier commercial construction companies. Founded in 1864, the firm is currently the 17th largest builder in America (Engineering News-Record, May 2017) with headquarters in St. Louis and 14 additional offices in the United States. McCarthy provides services throughout the federal sector, including the General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Energy, US Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, National Park Service and Indian Health Service. The company is working on government projects totaling $3.2 billion nationwide. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at

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