In March, BEX Construction Services employees moved into its brand-new headquarters, celebrating their new digs at 12173 Prichard Farm Road in Maryland Heights’ Deerwood Commerce Center industrial park.
President Randy Bueckendorf says growth in business and staff propelled the move. When he incorporated BEX in June 2014, the firm rented a space on Watson Road near Webster Groves and operated from there for two years. BEX then bought a building in St. Charles and outgrew it in four months. Next, BEX purchased a larger building in downtown St. Charles and worked there for five years before realizing the company needed to build its own headquarters.
On nights and weekends, BEX employees volunteered their time and talents to build out the new location. Director of Human Resources and Administration Meredith Greene says their work produced more than the end product.
The team-building experience allowed Bueckendorf to put his carpentry experience to work and do some framing, and several other people on the BEX team also shared their expertise and muscle.
The new, two-story headquarters totals 6,900 square feet. Bueckendorf says BEX’s Vice President of Engineering Tim Marstall initiated a layout to make the first floor flow from the generous entrance foyer past the project managers’ offices and beyond. The original bones of the building were solid, said Bueckendorf, so BEX invested significantly in all new windows, a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, accessible restrooms and new lighting. The second floor was reconfigured into a special events, conference space and future office space.
BEX Construction has a new mascot, Bexy the Bear, who stands guard in front of the headquarters. During a recent trip to Estes Park, CO, Bueckendorf spotted and acquired the 8-foot-tall grizzly statue and had it shipped to Maryland Heights. Workers poured a foundation to anchor the bear and positioned a 30-foot flagpole nearby.