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B.D. Simon Construction, forerunner of today’s PCE, set the cornerstone for Memorial Tower in 1922. The tower was dedicated to students who lost their lives in World War I. South Wing construction began in 1930, but was stopped in 1931 by the Great Depression. The South Wing remained unfinished, while North Wing construction that had begun in 1950, opened in 1952. After 30 years, construction resumed and the South Wing opened in 1962.
Memorial Tower is now known as Memorial Union, and experts describe it as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the United States. Extensive use of native Missouri stone makes it one of the University of Missouri’s most magnificent structures.
The state of Missouri selected PCE to oversee construction of Missouri’s first statewide memorial to Missouri veterans. The $1.5 million project near the State Capitol Building in Jefferson City overlooks the Missouri River northeast of the State Capitol.
The design features a five-bay limestone colonnade, a scaled reproduction of the Capitol’s columns surrounding the dome. The terraced waterfall welcomes visitors to the reflecting pool which bears the immersed motto: “Missouri Veterans – Guardians of Liberty.” Further east, along “Veterans Walk,” eight black, marble posts symbolize the eight wars fought since Missouri became a state.
“We can do it, if we start today,” was PCE’s response to MFA Oil Company President Dale Creach, when he asked if it was possible to complete a three-story, 35,000 square feet office headquarters in only seven months. Seven months later and well under budget, MFA Oil was able to begin operations in their new facility. The site features beautiful landscaping with a pond, fountain and gentle rolling hills.
PCE has been the Columbia Daily Tribune’s contractor of choice since completing the Tribune newsroom and administrative building in 1972. In 1987, PCE completed a 45,000 square foot facility to house the press and finishing departments. Thirty years later, the relationship between PCE and the Tribune is going strong.
PCE has built a solid relationship with Columbia Public Schools, completing several projects with a dedicated commitment to construction excellence and on-time delivery. The relationship began in 1989 with an addition to the Columbia Career Center and continues today with the construction of Columbia’s newest elementary school – Alpha Hart Elementary School. Some of the other notable projects during this time are Paxton Keeley Elementary School and Lange Middle School.
In 2000, PCE began construction on Columbia’s newest elementary school. The focus of PCE’s work continues to be committing to construction excellence from start to finish.
Woodrail Centre is an 18-acre development located at the corner of Nifong and Forum Boulevard in the rapidly growing southwest area of Columbia. The Woodrail Centre setting is designed to harmonize with the established profile of the Woodrail residential area, while an emphasis on architectural detail has created a unique, multi-use professional business park. Full development will include 186,500 square feet.
Warm brick exteriors are complimented by the full, arched entry ways with floor-to-ceiling paned windows. Multi-level waterscaping, featuring fountains and pools, invites the public into the plaza area of the business park.