U.S. Capital Development Starts $32M Defense Firm Facility in Bridgeton

By on February 8, 2019

Construction will begin in Bridgeton this month on a $32M,  171,500-square-foot engineering and light manufacturing facility for a manufacturer of military mobile ground platforms. When completed in early 2020 the building will become the new home for Alexandria, VA-based Leonardo DRS’ Land Systems line of business.

Real estate development firm U.S. Capital Development secured the site at 4545 N. Lindbergh Blvd.,  The site is strategically located directly adjacent to Interstate 70 and St. Louis Lambert International Airport. A groundbreaking for the project will take place in mid-February, and completion of the new facility is expected by early 2020.

U.S. Capital Development, a developer of industrial, commercial and senior housing projects, was known as KP Development. It was repositioned and rebranded last fall, reflecting it rapid growth and expansion into multiple U.S. markets. KP is best known local as the developer of the former Chrysler plant site in Fenton.

The DRS facility will be a mission-critical engineering development and light manufacturing facility that will accommodate Land Systems’ growing business.  It also will be home to the business unit’s headquarters. Leonardo DRS Land Systems is a leading integrator of a wide range of systems for U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps ground platforms, including reconnaissance and surveillance, mission support, and vehicle survivability and lethality. 

The new facility will replace the existing DRS Land Systems facility in Cool Valley, which is more than 50 years old. More than 300 employees will be relocated to the new headquarters.

The building will include a tilt-up concrete exterior façade with an extensive glass line, detailed architectural entrances, and 24-foot clear heights. Inside it will feature new, best-in-class engineering, research and development and laboratory space.  TRi Architects is the architect on the project.

“Our company has been growing and together with the expanding mission-critical needs of our customers, we now require a more modern and efficient facility,” said Aaron Hankins, vice president and general manager of the Leonardo DRS Land Systems line of business. “The St. Louis area has been our long-time home, and we look forward to being a part of this community for years to come.”

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