Disabled Veteran’s Memorial

Disabled Veterans Memorial - Union, MO, aerial shot

Missouri Pathfinders

The nonprofit organization Missouri Pathfinders spearheaded the efforts to design and complete this state-sanctioned memorial honoring disabled veterans. Located inside Veterans Memorial Park in Union, MO, the memorial is all-encompassing — it honors all branches of military service and all disabled veterans in communities across Franklin County and beyond.

Missouri Pathfinders selected Cochran to design the memorial. Cochran worked with the committee to develop Community Funding packets with renderings, information and cost estimates.

The memorial was designed based on the information gathered from the committee on key elements that needed to be incorporated. Some of these elements were the pentagon shape, stadium, seating, flags, granite memorial plaques, and branches of the military. With the focus of the memorial for Disabled Veterans, all elements are handicap accessible and connected directly to the handicap-accessible parking area.

Heartland Park

Heartland Park's Bridge

City of Wentzville, Missouri

The Cochran Team provided design and construction administration services for the City of Wentzville’s 59-acre Heartland Park’s development, which includes soccer and football fields, three pavilions and a boardwalk. The main park project was completed in 2017, with an additional 2-year period for maintenance of native plant growth. Additional projects, including a 10-foot-wide walking trail and inclusive playground, were completed in 2019.

Cochran provided construction management services, as well as oversight and inspection of all construction services; general contractor coordination, budget controls, scheduling, administration, construction inspection, value engineering, quality assurance, creation & maintenance of project records, material testing coordination, shop drawing submittal review and approvals, and RFI’s submittal review and approval.

Angel Moms Memorial – Cochran designed a memorial walk-way at Heartland Park for the Angel Moms organization. They wanted a peaceful experience within the park to enjoy views of the lake and have a quiet moment. The project included design lookouts, memorial pavers, landscaping, waterfall with a feature sculpture, and smaller creeks with additional memorial sculptures throughout. Upon design completion, Cochran assisted in the cost estimate and preparation of Heartland Park’s construction documents completed in 2017.
Walking Trail Connector – In 2018, Cochran completed design of a 10’-wide concrete section of trail (including 2 box culverts) to connect the existing trail to City sidewalks along the roadway and complete a loop around the outer edge of the lake. Plans and specifications were prepared and provided for construction bidding.
Jake’s Field of Dreams – In 2018, Cochran again assisted with the next phase of development of Heartland Park, Jake’s Field of Dreams, a universally inclusive playground that brings kids and adults of all abilities together to play. Cochran proudly provided grading plans, retaining wall design, construction staking, geotechnical and material testing services.

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United Bank of Union

United Bank of Union

Cochran was hired to renovate an existing 80+ year old bank building and site to accommodate a new two-story addition at United Bank of Union’s current location in historic downtown Union, Missouri. The building’s existing floor plan was modified, while also creating an addition. The drive-thru was completely reworked to create better flow for customers and coordinate with an updated facade. The bank remained open throughout the multiple phases of construction. This required Cochran to stage demolition of the existing drive-thru with a temporary drive-thru and interior phasing to ensure customers could still be able to conduct their drive-thru and interior banking business. During this phase, demolition and wall construction took place, as did ADA upgrades to the main lobby. Phase 1 of the building renovation was completed and the new drive-thru was constructed and opened with a temporary parking area being provided as the project moved into the last phase.

The final phase included the addition of a two-story expansion on the north side of the property that is attached to the original structure which was constructed in the 1940’s. Once the final phase of the building construction was complete, the new site design improved circulation for the drive-thru, created closer ADA compliant customer parking, and added a 14,124 square foot, two-story office addition. The building had previously been through 4 other major renovations. As part of this renovation and addition, utilities were simplified. and all entrances and restrooms were given ADA upgrades. The new facility has created a better flow between old and new, giving the bank space to grow and help their customers for the next 50 years.

Cochran performed all aspects of architecture and civil design for the United Bank of Union remodel and expansion project of their main headquarters in Union.

If you’d like to read up on another project we’ve done for the City of Union, you can check out our Union Corporate Center project here.

Superior Oil

Superior Oil Company Building

Superior Oil Company, Inc.

Superior Oil of Arnold, Missouri selected Cochran to provide architectural and civil design, geotechnical, survey, construction inspection and testing services for their new 20,000 square foot pre-engineered metal building warehouse facility and 3,000 square foot office.  The warehouse included hazardous and non-hazardous sections along with a dispensing room, loading dock, and large storage tank farm.

With in-house collaboration between Cochran’s civil and geotechnical teams, soil issues and foundation challenges were addressed prior and during construction to ensure the project schedule was not interrupted.


Silgan Building Front


Located in the North Loop Industrial Park, Silgan is one example of Cochran’s 95% repeat clients.  Cochran was repeatedly selected by Silgan to provide architectural, engineering, survey, and construction testing & inspections services for their facility expansions.

The first project consisted of a 16,000 sf, two-story office building addition, and a facade upgrade.  Cochran provided architecture, interior, & civil design services.  Additional services included geotechnical, testing, inspection and construction administration.  This new 16,000 sf conventional steel building with curtain wall included individual offices, conference rooms, boardroom, data center, fitness area, cafeteria, and atrium lobby.  In an effort to decrease their energy cost high UV/energy efficient windows and high-energy efficient mechanical systems were used throughout.

Silgan’s second project, a 35,000 sf manufacturing, and warehouse addition included additional parking for 230 cars and a stormwater retention pond.  Cochran provided architectural, full engineering design, testing inspection, and construction administration.


Esselte Office Building Exterior

Esselte Corporation

Cochran was selected numerous times to provide services for office/warehouse additions and renovations. Projects include a warehouse plant office, office mezzanine addition, extension of the mezzanine level, training rooms, cafeteria, and conference rooms. Project phasing and on time completion were of extreme importance. Plant operations remained at 100% during all projects. Cochran provided architectural and civil design, survey and testing and inspection services.

Disabled Veteran’s Memorial

Client – Missouri Pathfinders

Cochran designed the Disabled Veteran’s Memorial which is a part of the new Veterans Memorial Park built in the City of Union.  The Missouri Pathfinders is a 501(3)C organization that developed the memorial.  Cochran worked with the committee to develop Community funding packets with renderings, information and cost estimates.

The memorial was designed based on the information gathered from the committee on key elements that needed to be incorporated.  Some of these elements were the pentagon shape, stadium, seating, flags, granite memorial plaques, and branches of the military.

The memorial was completed in the Spring of 2017.

Veteran’s Memorial Park

Client – City of Union

The City of Union received a master plan by another design team which came in 3 million dollars over budget. Faced with the thought of not moving forward, the City of Union turned to the Cochran team to evaluate and create a revised approach and master plan design.

This 43-acre park was completed in multiple phases. Phase One consisted of excavation and mass grading for 2 soccer fields, 1 football field, 5 baseball/softball fields, 2 ponds, and various support infrastructure. Cochran provided value engineering savings of approximately $600,000 on the Mass Grading/Master Plan which was completed in July 2013. Stormwater conveyance and management, roadway and parking lot design and layout, construction administration and inspection were also included within Cochran’s scope of services.

The park will be a full-service facility with athletic fields, concession stands, bleachers, restrooms, sprinkler park, walking trails, pavilions, playgrounds, fishing lakes, and assessable docks.

Veteran’s Care

Client – Veteran’s Care

Cochran was selected to design the 15,000 sf tilt-up office and warehouse steel structure addition of which 5,000 sf included complete tenant finishing. Cochran services included architecture, civil, and interior design along with geotechnical and survey services. The floor plan included open floor space, traditional office, conference and training rooms, two new full restrooms and an employee lunchroom with outdoor seating.

In the lunchroom, we were able to utilize some unique design elements. The existing building had a large industrial overhead door. By switching out the existing door for a new fire-station type door with glass, we were able to introduce daylighting for the lunchroom. This also allowed the owners to open the door and use the new patio on the exterior for an open indoor/outdoor area. The new finishes selected, complimented the existing finishes and brought earth tones to complement their open concept design.

Heritage Community Bank

Client – Heritage Community Bank

Cochran worked with the owner and contractor from conceptual through construction on this design-build project to upgrade the facade of the 40+-year-old shopping center.

Emphasis was given to the end suite for the anchor tenant and new owners, Heritage Community Bank. Some of their main goals for the project were to have better visibility from the highway and give the center a new life with an updated color scheme and more modern finishes. Cochran surveyed the building including existing structures to ensure the new facade would be properly stabilized and supported. A new skin was put over the existing metal facade and new paint on the existing brick. In the end, the shopping center stands out at this busy intersection bringing new attention to a once forgotten strip center.

Fricks Market

Client – Fricks Grocery Store

With a commanding view over the City of Union, the new 35,000 square foot Fricks’ Market is designed to enhance the customer experience, while placing the customer’s needs first.

Fricks, a family-owned grocery store with two locations in Missouri, selected Cochran for relocation and design of their new 35,000 square foot store. Cochran’s interior design features rich, bold colors and theme designs for the bakery, liquor, and meat & seafood departments. The highly popular deli department was expanded to include a mezzanine cafe area and convenient drive-thru for customer flexibility. Keeping sustainability in mind, Cochran utilized natural exterior materials to complement the surrounding buildings and landscape and utilized reclaimed heat to warm the warehouse. Future plans call for a waste oil (cooking oil) furnace to increase the overall sustainability of the market.

The design defining corner tower anchors the south side of the building increasing hilltop visibility and notoriety for this new location. Daylighting, energy efficient lighting, HVAC systems, refrigerator and freezer units were specially selected to increase energy efficiency.

The compact site required multiple retaining walls and underground stormwater retention for environmentally efficient and fast stormwater removal. The limited footprint demanded strategic placement for delivery truck traffic to reduce customer/delivery traffic conflicts.

Cochran services included architecture, interior, civil, and engineering design, survey, construction testing & inspection and construction observation/administration.