Graceland

By: John Berendzen

Last week, in addition to attending the Chicago Architectural Biennial I had the opportunity to visit Graceland Cemetery.  This was my first visit, and I’d highly recommend it to any architect, landscape architect or history buff visiting the Windy City.  Graceland is similar to our Bellefontaine Cemetery, in that they are both representative of the City Beautiful movement of the end of the nineteenth century and are known for the ornate mausoleums and park like setting.

Graceland also happens to be the resting place of several famous architects.  A few are shown below:

An elegant marker for Walter Netsch, architect for the Air Force Academy Chapel and one of my favorite Chicago buildings – Inland Steel

the marker for Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Bruce Goff’s marker – unique like the architect.

Louis Sullivan Monument. His simple gravestone is on the opposite side. This monument was erected after his death by friends and colleagues

Daniel Burnham’s marker. Burnham’s grave is on an island, dedicated solely to him and his family. He has been given the most important spot in the cemetery, as befitting his importance to the city.

Fox Named Largest Veteran-Owned Business

By: Bob Dunn

This week the St. Louis Business Journal released their 2017 list of Largest Veteran-Owned Businesses, and Fox Architects made the cut! Congratulations Fox team. The list can be found online and in this week’s printed edition of the Business Journal.

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We Honor Our Veterans

By: Elise Novak

This Veterans Day we would like to honor all those who have served including Fox Architects founder Michael Fox. Thank you Michael and to all other veterans for your time and sacrifice.

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A Very Fox Halloween

By: Allison Littman

This year the Fox Architects team took Halloween to a new level. Chris Montroy, an architect at the firm, celebrates his birthday on October 31st and we couldn’t think of a more fitting way to observe the occasion than by copying his signature look. The Fox team filed in Tuesday morning in their best Chris-themed attire including printed button-down shirts, cardigans, festive socks, fitted pants, and statement glasses. The crew of lookalikes enjoyed a lunch a Sauce on the Side, and quite a few laughs. We hope your Halloween was as festive and enjoyable as ours!

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Fox Wins Award at Canstruction

By: Janet Paley

It was a busy weekend for Fox Architects’ team members Dani Sheley, Amanda Sullivan, Elise Novak, Adnan Omeragic, Allison Littman, and Zach Foppe. They competed in the 2017 Canstruction competition on Saturday at the America’s Center.

Canstruction is an international charity of the design and construction industry. Architects, Designers, and Engineers in cities across the country compete in a design-build competition to create giant works of sculptural art, made entirely out of canned and packaged foods. Following the competition, the canned and packaged foods are donated to local food banks in need.

Following Saturday’s build, Fox Architects was awarded Best Original Design for their structure “O Say CAN You See.” The sculpture will be on display until Friday, October 27th, when it will be disassembled and donated to Operation Food Search. We couldn’t be more proud of the team and their accomplishments.

A special thank you to Fox Architects’ Canstruction sponsors:
Color Art Integrated Interiors
Steelcase
Coalesse
Designtex
Momentum Textiles
Arc|Com

 

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A Fox Architects Potluck

By: Allison Littman

There is no better way to start the week than with a great lunch among colleagues. The Fox team feasted on a buffet of homemade goods including soup, empanadas, and a multitude of delectable desserts. We’ve got full bellies, and are ready to tackle this week’s challenges!

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Rankens Manufacturing Incubator

By: Adnan Omeragic

We were always excited to see when projects come closer to reality. Past Friday, on the “National Manufacturing Day”,  Ranken had ground breaking ceremony for their new Manufacturing Incubator. We were pleased to assist Ranken with conceptual design and help them with the EDA application for the project.

Ranken project along with Fox Architects in the news:

Ranken Plans North St.Louis Expansion

Ranken Breaks Ground on Manufacturing Inc.

Fox Wins at the 2017 IIDA IDEA Awards

By: Allison Littman

Fox Architects team members Denise Fuehne, Janet Paley, Alen Basic, and Chris Montroy attended the IIDA IDEA Awards on Friday night. Their projects, The Helix Innovation Center and Corporate Conference Center both won best in their categories of Higher Education/Research and Renovation/Preservation. In addition to this recognition, the night ended with the honor of being awarded Best in Show for the Corporate Conference Center. It was a fantastic night out for the Fox team, and congratulations to each of the IIDA IDEA Award winners!

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Checking in with the Jesuit Archives

By: Allison Littman

Late last week, the Fox Architects team took a behind-the-scenes tour of the progress made at the Jesuit Archives. Project team members John Berendzen and Chris Montroy led the participants on a room-by-room tour of the facility. It looks great!

The team discusses the facility.

The facility façade.

Views from the second floor.

More views from the second floor.

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SIUC Interior Design Alumni Student Mixer

By: Allison Littman

Fox Architects’ Janet Paley and Dani Sheley attended last night’s Interior Design mixer hosted by SIUC. The event took place on the rooftop of the Moonrise Hotel, and celebrated the newest class of graduating seniors in the Interior Design program. It was a fun night, and our interior designers are already counting down the days to next year’s event!

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