Saint Louis University dedicates new Center for Global Citizenship

By: Frank Rosario

West Pine Mall entry to the CGC, looking east at new fountain

West Pine Mall entry to the CGC, looking east at new fountain

Friday evening, September 27 marked the ceremonial dedication of the new Center for Global Citizenship on the main campus of Saint Louis University.

Saint Louis University Center for Global Citizenship

C S Huh Auditorium, Dedication ceremony Sep 27, 2013

Addressing an audience of several hundred, Fr. Lawrence Biondi, President Emeritus, congratulated all involved in the transformation of the former Bauman-Eberhardt Hall, including specific mention of Fox Architects and McCarthy Construction plus the SLU Design & Construction Department.  Common to all of the remarks offered by speeches from the podium were compliments of appreciation and awe in the transformation of the old West Pine Gym in support of its new role this century as a campus home to international studies students and faculty.  Exemplifying the conviction that the most sustainable building is the one that already exists, this renovation marks another remarkable example of the responsible stewardship of resources embodied in that belief.  Congratulations to the Saint Louis University community in the realization of this effort.

ATT&T student Commons space, looking east at the international-theme Caffe Second Level

AT&T student Commons space, looking east at the international-theme Caffe, Second Level

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



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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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:

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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: admin

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!