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
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!
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.
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.
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
Concrete Tilt-Wall, east facade
Atrium space, with windows into Flow Lab
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!
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
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!
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.
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
I recently had the pleasure of speaking at this falls Data Center User Group conference in Orlando Florida. I was part of a presentation with Jim Schrader of TechSite Planners, Columbus Ohio. Our presentation was titled “LEED® vs Data Center Best Practices”. The presentation was divided into 3 sections
1. Is the data center industry inherently green (or not?)
2. How can LEED improved the design and construction process of your data center
3. What conflicts arise from LEED’s prescriptive nature that don’t quite fit into the data center environment.
For a long time now I’ve had a “love-hate” relationship with LEED (mostly “love”, I’ll admit) The part of LEED that annoys me most for data center design is Sustainable Sites Credits 2 – Development Density and Community Connectivity and 4.1 – Public Transportation Access. There are 11 credits wrapped up in these two credits, both of which are in conflict with best practice for data center design. Data center’s aren’t typically the best neighbor for urban, pedestrian oriented areas, which is what these credits are advocating.
There were several other great presentations, from the likes of Digital Realty, Emerson Network Power, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and QTS.