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Murphy Company Wins Keystone Award for Brauer Hall

Nov. 16, 2011
Mechanical Contractor Captures 5th Award for Engineering Building at Washington University

ST. LOUIS – Murphy Company has been recognized with a 2011 Keystone Award from the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis for its work on Washington University’s Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall. (Photo: The project, completed in 2010, won top honors in the Specialty Contractor $5 Million or More, category. The award was presented Nov. 3 at the 14th Annual Keystone Awards banquet held in St. Louis.

Murphy served as design-build mechanical contractor on the LEED-certified, 150,875-square-foot, three-story building located within Washington University’s newly expanded engineering complex on the Danforth Campus. In addition to 23 custom-made lab suites, the energy, environmental engineering and biomedical engineering building consists of a data center, chiller plant, conference rooms, classrooms, 60 offices and a 90-seat distance-learning classroom, allowing the Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering department to communicate with its research partners throughout the world. Brauer Hall was designed and built in 18 months, ready in time for the fall 2010 semester. Murphy’s constant communications and innovative use of building Information Modeling (BIM) were all cited in the nomination. Clayco was the general contractor and RJMJ Hillier served as architect.

This represents the fifth major award Murphy has received for its work on Brauer Hall. In September, Murphy Company, Washington University, RMJM Hillier and Clayco were recognized at the 21st Annual St. Louis Construction News & Review Regional Excellence Awards, winning the Higher Education category. Earlier, Murphy was the winner in the New Construction Up to 500,000 Square Feet category in Contracting Business’ 2010 Design/Build Awards, received a Best Practices award from the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, and was named Best Project in the Institutional over $10 Million category for the 2010 Design-Build Institute of America/Mid-America Region Design Build Awards.

Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets. With corporate offices in St. Louis and Denver and regional offices in Fairview Heights, Ill., and Colorado Springs, Colo., the firm offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service. Murphy currently is ranked No. 19 on Engineering News-Record’s list of top mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit

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