Inside the St. Louis Business Journal’s third annual Building St. Louis Awards, we give readers a first-hand look at the prominent projects going up across the region. With more than $8 billion in construction taking place in the central corridor, these projects are changing the face of St. Louis.

New this year, we are honoring the $380 million renovation of the Arch grounds as Project of the Year. This project truly brought together stakeholders across the region in a collaborative nature to make the Arch vision a reality.

Besides that transformational project, the Building St. Louis Awards feature new event venues to apartment projects and timely rehabs to vital multifamily projects as the top real estate construction in the region. This section also highlights the work of the individuals, engineers, architects, general contractors, financial institutions, interior designers and more behind each project.

All of the projects featured in this section were substantially completed in 2018, and the Business Journal received nearly 100 nominations for area projects.

We would like to thank our sponsor CRG for making this section possible.


Private Project less than $10 million

Chesterfield Fence & Deck Co.

Gateway Lofts

McBride Homes Design Studio

Winner: The Venue at Maison du Lac

Private project more than $10 million 


Winner: 4220 Duncan

When 4220 Duncan debuted in May 80 percent pre-leased, it erased any doubt as to whether demand for space in Cortex innovation community was cooling.

The five-story, 182,000-square-foot facility is a redevelopment of the former Custom Steel Processing site in Midtown and added or relocated 500 jobs.

4220 Duncan features a $50 million, 30,000-square-foot Microsoft Technology Center that’s one of 50 worldwide; global professional services firm Aon and consulting firm Accenture. In the second quarter of 2019, Boeing is slated to take 33,000 square feet on two floors for its Boeing NeXt / HorizonX, as well as The COLLAB, a partnership between Washington University and Saint Louis University with shared office, classroom and co-working space.

Beyond its tenants is an innovation hall, a collaborative public workspace, programming hub and 300-plus seat venue. It also includes the Chocolate Pig and Market Café, Cortex’s second restaurant and a grab and go café operated by the local 23 City Blocks Hospitality Group; and Cambridge Innovation Center’s 41,000-square-foot expansion.

The developer, Wexford Science & Technology, aimed to leverage the existing network of community spaces, the new MetroLink station and the Great Rivers Greenway trail to attract and retain tenants and users.

The project created 320 full-time equivalent construction jobs and met the city of St. Louis’ diversity goals of using 25 percent of minority-owned businesses and 5 percent women-owned businesses.

About the project

Owner/developer: Wexford Science & Technology

Broker: Colliers

Contractor: Tarlton

Architect: HOK with Core10 Architecture and Architextures

Engineer: HOK (structural), McClure Engineering and Webb Engineering (MEP), HOK and Envision Lighting Design (lighting), Clayton Engineering (civil)

Interior design: HOK

Financing: Wexford Science & Technology and Ventas Inc.

Project cost: Declined to disclose (Business Journal reporting estimated $55 million)

Ranken Jordan expansion

The Euclid


Public/Private project less than $10 million

Kristine Kay Hasse Memorial Library/Concordia Seminary

Winner: Rockwell Beer Co.

St. Louis County – Grand Glaize branch

Public/Private project more than $10 million

Jefferson Barracks VA Engineering Warehouse

MetroLink Station & Central West End Platform Extension

Monogram Building

The REC Complex

Winner: Soldiers Memorial

Renovation or Conversion project less than $5 million

Winner: Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Headquarters

House of Miles East St. Louis – Phase I

Post Commons

Renovation or Conversion project more than $5 million

Angad Arts Hotel

Cutlery Building Redevelopment

Winner: Hotel St. Louis

Project of the Year: Gateway Arch

Source: St. Louis Business Journal by Steph Kukljan | March 22, 2019