SLCCC Presents Murphy with Best Practice Award

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers presented a Best Practice Award to Murphy Company and five other team members for pre-project planning in a $28 million, 70,000-square-foot expansion of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in St. Peters, Mo. The project included the construction of a three-story patient tower, a pharmacy and a central utility plant boiler room addition.

The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers recognized four projects Dec. 17 during its annual Best Practices award ceremony at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis. These awards honor the implementation of practices that enhance project performance.

“Murphy exhibited outstanding use of pre-project planning in developing the strategic information that made the BJSPH expansion project so successful,” said Dennis Lavalle, president of the SLCCC.

The project was completed 35 days early, with a projected 4 percent savings below the approximate $24 million GMP contract, along with $1.2 million in unused design/construction/owner contingency outside of the GMP. Murphy, BJC HealthCare, Tarlton Corp., Pratt Design Studio, KJWW Engineering Consultants and Sachs Electric Co. comprised the lean construction team on the project. All members of this core group practiced the tenets of the lean methodology – higher productivity, more predictable outcomes, shared risk and the potential for shared profit.

Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets. With corporate offices in St. Louis and Denver, Colo., 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. 13 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