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.

Project Update: Regulator Technologies

By: John Berendzen

Fox visited the jobsite at Emerson Process Management, Regulator Technologies under construction in McKinney Texas this week.  Considerable progress has been made by the general contractor, Tribble and Stephens – ably assisted by our project manager, LML Group.

The steel frame for the office building is complete, with floor decks being poured on the second and third floors.  Tilt wall panels for the Lab/Distribution block are being erected, and all should be in place within the next two weeks.  Below are some photos of the jobsite taken by project designer Denise Fuehne

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Concrete Tilt-Wall, east facade

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Atrium space, with windows into Flow Lab

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View north from Second Floor

That evening, LML Group sponsored a dinner  at their McKinney offices featuring fresh Louisiana crayfish and shrimp.  Very tasty!


Crayfish fresh from the bayou!

Project Updates – Regulator Headquarters & SLU CGC

By: John Berendzen

Here’s a photographic update on a couple of the projects the office currently has under construction: Emerson Process Management’s “Regulator Technologies Headquarters” in McKinney Texas, and Saint Louis University’s “Center for Global Citizenship” on the SLU campus in midtown Saint Louis.

Regulator - Tilt Wall Mockup

Regulator: Laying out tilt wall panels on the slab


Regulator: Rainwater filling the header pit

SLU's CGC - floor level looking at the bridge

CGC: View of bridge from the upper tiers

CGC: Bridge level looking towards east stair

Rick Jordan: Top Ten Chocolatier of North America

By: Erica Enright

Congratulations to Rick Jordan, Chocolatier for his recent feature in Dessert Professional’s Top Ten Chocolatiers!

An excerpt from the December 2012 article:

“…The boutique is very modern and minimal with breathing space between products; there is glass running the length of it that shows my lab where everything is made.  There are a lot of toys back there and people really like to see them work.  

Visually the boutique is stunning to walk into; everything was custom made; the cases and back wall with the logo cut into it with glowing light block behind it.  I can’t tell you how good it feels to have a complete stranger walk in and be so moved by what I’m doing here….”

 Click on the article below to read more!

Center for Blood and Marrow Outpatient Transplant opens at St. Louis University Hospital

By: Erica Enright

Fox Architects was selected by St. Louis University Hospital to design their new Center for Blood and Marrow Outpatient Transplant Clinic located in the the West Pavilion of the hospital’s main campus; the only facility of its kind in the St. Louis Region and one of only five nationally.

This project includes infusion areas, exam areas, and various support spaces such as physical therapy and a caregiver waiting room.

The use of natural textures, luminous colors as well as careful attention to lighting counteracted the existing low floor-to-deck height as well as low structural beams.

The abundance of natural light as well as the warmth created from the palette generates a soft  comfortable space where one would normally expect a cold, sterile environment.

The transformation of the existing 9,900 S.F. storage area to a welcoming, healing space was completed this fall and began receiving patients today.

Click here to watch a piece on yesterday’s Grand Opening by KSDK Channel 5.

Click here to watch a piece on the Outpatient Clinic by KPLR Channel 11.

Emerson iOps Construction Update

By: Jon Hagar

The iOps (Integrated Operations) Center at Emerson‘s Austin Offices is moving along. The slab was poured starting at 3am shortly before Thanksgiving. Poor Bob had to fly down and be on site at 2am to verify things were ready to go.

Click to view slab finishing video.

Steel erection began last week. You can now see the relatively simple pavilion enclosure taking shape, setting the stage for the complex geometry of the center within.

Steel erection begun


Exterior Rendering