Next NGA West In Your Community Newsletter

Hello Neighbors! This is Issue #5 of the Next NGA West In Your Community newsletter, with up-to-date information on this project and its impact on your community.

McCarthy HITT: The Joint Venture behind N2W

Learn about the firms who will be building Next NGA West in St. Louis

Led by St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., McCarthy HITT is the team responsible for supporting the mission-critical needs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The project is a joint venture of the following firms:

  • McCarthy Building Companies
  • HITT Contracting
  • Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp.
  • Gensler

McCarthy is a name with which many St. Louisans may be familiar. Headquartered in St. Louis and founded in 1864, McCarthy Building Companies is the oldest privately-held national construction company. McCarthy is behind the recent expansion and renovation of the St. Louis Gateway Arch Visitor Center and Museum.

HITT Contracting is a general contractor firm based outside of Washington, D.C., in Falls Church, VA. HITT provides services from military building construction and renovation, to corporate interior fit-outs, to service and emergency work.

The Black & Veatch + Gensler joint venture (BV+G) combines Gensler’s architecture, interior design and planning with Black & Veatch’s engineering services and history working with USACE.

McCarthy HITT also is working with Akima, LLC to procure federal contracts for small businesses in the St. Louis area.

You can learn more about the McCarthy HITT joint venture at their website:

Visit McCarthy HITT – Next NGA West JV's website

Attendees gain information at an N2W job training fair
Photo provided by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Training Fair on June 20 and August 27

The second Next NGA West job training fair will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis - Herbert Hoover Club.

The first job training fair was held May 2, also at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis - Herbert Hoover Club. Representatives from key organizations, including the Associated General Contractors of Missouri, MOKAN, St. Louis Agency on Training and Education, Building Union Diversity program, McCarthy Building Companies, NGA, and USACE were in attendance discussing apprenticeship training opportunities for the Next NGA West construction project. If you missed the event, don’t worry!

In addition to the June 20 job training fair, a third one will be held from 4-7 p.m. August 27, at St. Stanislaus Community Center, 1413 North 20th Street St. Louis, MO 63106. Great jobs and rewarding careers are out there, so we hope to see you there!

Questions? Call the project hotline at 314-676-9418.

Sergio Muňoz
Photo provided by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Meet a Construction Professional:

Learn how to get your “first break” in a construction career

Sergio Muňoz, a native of La Paz, Bolivia and first-generation American, has worked both sides of the street: as a union laborer and as a social worker.

His passion is helping young men and women, connecting workers with job opportunities and careers in construction.

“Part of my job is to evaluate a candidate’s skill level, point them down the right path and help them make the right connections. Sometimes, all someone needs is that first break,” Mr. Muňoz said.

You can meet him and other construction professionals at the Next NGA West Construction Job Training Fair, hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on Thursday, June 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.

No registration is required. Additional parking is available on Grand Blvd.

A Unique Opportunity to Start a New Career

In just a few short months, a major project—one unlike anything St. Louis has seen before—will begin to take shape in North St. Louis. Next NGA West, the new home for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, is the largest federal investment project in the history of St. Louis. Not only is it an important milestone for our region, it’s an unprecedented opportunity to start a career in construction.

As President of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri, I see the need for skilled construction tradesmen and women in the region on a daily basis.

A career in construction is not an easy road to head down at first. There can be long hours, hard work and low apprenticeship wages. But the long-term payoff is very positive—providing experience in a valuable trade, consistently desirable wages, benefits, and steady employment.

The opportunity for job stability is one of the aspects that makes this construction project unique and particularly valuable for those seeking to learn a trade like carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, heavy equipment operation, etc.

To introduce these opportunities to the community, a construction job training fair was held in May at the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club. I met with dozens of individuals who seemed very willing to do what it takes to start a career in construction and participate in the Next NGA West project. It seemed clear from my conversations, that men and women are ready to start apprenticeships and train in construction trades so they’re available for employment—good jobs that pay well and have the potential for steady work down the road.

Access to apprenticeships are available covering a wide variety of trades in St. Louis, and apprenticeships are a great way to enter the trades regardless of your experience. Those in the construction trades value the experience their apprenticeships have provided, and the quality of training pleases employers.

Taking the first step is usually the most difficult: preparing your resume, organizing your experience, identifying your preferences. Seek out organizations that can help at the two construction job training fairs this summer. The next construction job training fair will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis - Herbert Hoover Club.

Everyone at AGC of Missouri hopes you’ll take advantage of these training fairs to learn more about all of these outstanding construction career opportunities for the men and women of our region.

Len Toenjes is the President of The Associated General Contractors of Missouri, which represents and serves construction contractors and industry-related companies dedicated to skill, integrity and responsibility.

Next NGA West Construction Labor Force Projections

  • Carpenters
  • Laborers
  • Electricians
  • Iron Workers
  • Elevator Constructors
  • Cement Masons
  • Bricklayers
  • Operating Engineers
  • Teamsters
  • Roofers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Sprinkler Fitters
  • Plumbers
  • Pipefitters
  • Insulators
  • Plasterers
  • Glaziers
  • Tile-Marble Setters
Next NGA West Construction Labor Force Projections

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What’s going on at the site?

This summer, neighbors will see light construction activities inside the N2W site around Jefferson and Cass Avenues. We’ve hired a small business construction contractor to grade and maintain the site for temporary offices.

Neighbors may also see survey and inspection work that will prepare the entire site for significant construction.

Questions? Call us at 314-676-9418.

Did you know?

During the 1700s, the area within the Next NGA West campus boundaries was known as Prairie St. Louis. This area was used by French and Spanish settlers as a common field for farming and grazing of livestock. In 1780, the Battle of St. Louis occurred at this location.

Stats at a Glance

60 month construction period after groundbreaking
712,000 square feet projected size of NGA building
Approximately 3150 employees
100 year expected lifespan of the new building

Construction Job Resources

USACE can provide information on organizations that:

  • Help you find contractors
  • Provide apprenticeships in the construction trades
  • Get you involved in educational programs
  • Provide training for people with no construction experience
  • Help employers diversify their workforce
  • Get you in touch with professionals who help address challenges facing your business
  • Assist you with developing career skills
  • Help St. Louis area minority- and woman-owned businesses secure work on construction projects

Call us at 816-389-3152 to get connected.