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Construction Break: Winter 2024

Published on February 01, 2024

Heavy Lifting at the Missouri State Capitol

Prost Builders likes a challenge, and that’s exactly what we got with the repair and restoration of the inoperable, monumental, bronze entrance doors to the State Capitol building. The two 100-year-old, beautiful, bi-fold doors measure 6 feet wide by 18 feet tall, weigh more than 7,500 lbs. each, and needed some “tender loving care.” The doors lead to the grand staircase entry into the Capitol.
To carefully remove the doors, Prost Builders’ designed rigging, scaffolding, supports, and a five-ton trolley rail system to move the doors out from underneath the portico to the top of the outside south stairs. From there, a large crane lifted the doors and placed them on a specially-prepared A-frame truck support for transport to New Jersey for repair and restoration. Bronze door specialty firm, Olek, Inc., has now started their restoration work. This project is one of six historical renovation and restoration projects Prost Builders has done on the State Capitol in the last few years. As one of the largest design-build general contractors in the State of Missouri, Prost is known for the amazing number of successful historic renovation and restoration projects throughout the State. This project is being led by Project Manager Drew Wilde and Superintendent Cory Hoelscher.

Project Spotlight: EquipmentShare

EquipmentShare’s new Technology Development Center in Columbia is progressing nicely with the second part of the building’s steel framework being put in place. This 38,500-square-foot structure will house EquipmentShare’s offices, conference rooms, a kitchen, and large bays for heavy equipment needing repair, examination, and testing. The project is being led by Project Manager Jason Bias and Superintendent Lonnie Paulson. When the facility is completed, 500 new jobs will be created for the national construction equipment rental firm which will be a boost for Columbia’s economy.

Employee Spotlight: Thomas Lenox

Thomas joined Prost Builders as Estimator and Construction Manager, where he utilizes his extensive knowledge of 21 years of experience in the construction industry. Thomas is also a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a Mechanical Engineer for six years while deployed in Japan. As a Journeyman Bricklayer by trade, he successfully owned and operated his own business for five years. Thomas was a project manager, partner, owner, and bricklayer of a spec home company in mid-Missouri that successfully built 30 homes. He also spent the last two years at a St. Louis firm working on large-scale projects. Thomas is back in his hometown of Jefferson City with his wife, two daughters, and two sons, and he enjoys spending his time off involved in youth sports. As an avid hockey player growing up, Thomas played for the Jefferson City Capitals team and, to this day, still has a love for all things hockey.

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