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.
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Private Project less than $10 million
Private project more than $10 million
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
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)
Public/Private project less than $10 million
Public/Private project more than $10 million
Renovation or Conversion project less than $5 million
Renovation or Conversion project more than $5 million