Emerson Sorocaba receives LEED Silver certification!

By: John Berendzen

We received our construction review comments from the GBCI this week, and it’s official, Emerson Sorocaba has earned LEED  Silver from the Green Building Certification Institute.  The project received a total of 51 LEED points.   Some of the major credits within our LEED Strategy included:

EA Credit 1, Optimize Energy:

Measurement and verification.  (Sorocaba is the first project to install this new Emerson-manufactured BAS system – so far the monitoring system has allowed them to optimize power usage for considerable energy savings)

Water Efficiency

Construction Waste Management

Recycled and Regional Content

FSC Certified Wood.

We had a great team to work with, including Emerson Electric do Brasil, Project Manager Camargo Penteado  Engenharia, General Contractor,Tha Engenharia, Architect Alcindo Dell’ Agnese Arquitetos Associados, Mechanical Engineer Fundament AR, Electrical Engineer MA2 + Qualieng Engenharia de Montagens Ltda, Civil Engineer Infraestrutura Engenharia Ltda, Structural Engineer Crescencio Petrucci Consultoria e Engenharia,

Our project manager Laerte Camargo Penteado has an excellent slideshow of the construction up on their website, located here.

Below are some photos, courtesy of Alcindo Dell’Agnese.

Birdseye View

Birdseye View

Entry, Administration Building

Entry, Administration Building

Auditorium

Auditorium

Roof Garden

Roof Garden

 

SLU CGC finalist for Keystone Award

By: John Berendzen

We received news last week from McCarthy that the St. Louis University, Center for Global Citizen project has been named a finalist for the AGC Keystone awards!  This is a great honor for McCarthy and the whole team.  A few years back, when I was president elect/president of the St. Louis Chapter AIA, I had the opportunity to be on the jury (twice) and I know first hand how tough the competition can be.

The interesting thing about the Keystone award is that unlike AIA awards, it is not based upon project aesthetics – the awards are given based upon the challenge presented to the project team and the creativity and craft applied to solving that problem.  The project at the CGC had more than it’s share of challenges – from working within a historic, 1920′s era building that’s essentially one large space to meeting the program within a restrictive budget and schedule.

Below are some recent photos of the completed project.

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Emerson iOps – Construction Update

By: Jon Hagar

Bob and I traveled to Austin earlier this week to do the punch list for the iOps in Austin. The space is nearly done and ready for A/V installation. See below. The images are interactive panoramas; use your mouse to pan and zoom:

From the East building lobby

At the entry to the iOps facility:

At the “Concierge” sculpture, looking towards the Eagle Room and iOps Control Room:

Inside the iOps Control Room:

Inside the Eagle Room:

Inside the Hawk Room:

From the lounge area between the Hawk & Falcon rooms:

From outside the Eagle room:

Summer Sketching begins again

By: John Berendzen

This morning was our first 2013 summer sketching session.  We met at the Gelateria Tavolini   at 14th and Washington Avenue.   The proprietor was gracious about accommodating our group, and I would highly recommend the gelato!

In addition to myself, we had Frank Rosario, Albie Mitchell and Aaron Senne.  Albie gave us an update on his latest venture with his firm, COLLAB, crowd sourcing his design for the InTray on Kickstarter.

Here’s some pics from this morning:

group hand

Emerson iOps – Canted Glass

By: Jon Hagar

The canted glass feature wall at the iOps Center in Austin is in! The facility opens August 1st.

B’nai Amoona

By: Jon Hagar

Recently, my wife Lindsey, an architectural historian, and I were taking a tour of mid-century modern landmarks in St Louis in preparation for an article she wrote for the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. One of the stops was the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) off Delmar. Designed by Erich Mendelsohn in the late ’40s, the building was originally the Synagogue B’nai Amoona. The congregation had initially wanted a more traditional synagogue but eventually embraced Mendelsohn’s Expressionist design.

The building’s massing, with modest structures fronting the street, a sheltered courtyard, complex entry, and the chapel soaring beyond, evokes Aalto’s landmark Säynätsalo Town Hall, which was designed and built during the same period.

A truly remarkable piece of architecture tucked quietly away in University City.

Sketch from across the street

Photo from similar vantage point

 

Emerson iOps Construction Update

By: Jon Hagar

An update on Emerson‘s Integrated Operations Center in Austin, Texas. Walls are framed and mostly finished, much of the ceiling grid is in place, and the envelope is nearly complete (pending air and water infiltration tests). You can really start to see the space taking shape.

Still to come are the glass feature walls and the conference furniture from Nienkämper.

Looking past the serpentine walls of the primary conference spaces

View into the Hawk Room

View into the Control Room from the entry corridor

 

 

 

Fox Architects in the News

By: Michael Fox

New Fox Architects article on St. Louis Business Journal web site. This piece hi-lights our new offices located on the eighteenth floor of 1 Memorial Drive. We set the bar very high for this facility and no one is disappointed!

 

 

Happy Birthday Mike Fox

By: John Berendzen

Today is Mike’s 65th birthday!  After a rousing version of “Happy Birthday to You” we all celebrated with a stack of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee.

Fox named to VETERAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS database by VA

By: John Berendzen

This month we learned that Fox has finally completed all the necessary paperwork and reviews to be included on the Veterans Administration’s database of Veteran Owned Small Business’s – otherwise referred to as “VOSB”.   We are proud of the work that we do in support of the VA and America’s veterans.