Bike MS: Gateway Area Chapter

This past weekend I rode the 2011 Bike MS Gateway Getaway in Columbia, Missouri. I rode as a member of team United by Design, a…

AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund

Since 2006 I’ve had the honor of being a trustee of the AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund.   Of all the things I’ve done with…

VA ADA Compliance

Fox has just been hired by the VAMC John Cochran and the VAMC Poplar Bluff to review 15 CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Centers) for ADA…

Visit from Bruce Lindsey

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Bruce Lindsey, Dean of the College and Graduate School of Architecture, and Aly Abrams from the Washington…

How I Spent the Fourth of July

On July Fourth I once again manned my mini- bike and with my companion clowns took to streets of downtown St. Louis. Our “skat kitty…

Remembering Context

While recently researching hospital wayfinding strategies I came across a quote by the late, great Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, designer of the famous Cranbrook Academy…

Proactive Preservation

Today at 6pm more than a hundred local residents, business owners, designers, preservation advocates, and other fans of Saint Louis’s built environment will gather in…

Green Building Code

At the 2011 AIA Convention in New Orleans, there was a lot of discussion concerning the new International Green Construction Code.  I attended a seminar…

Sketching in Lafayette Square

This morning we made it to Lafayette Square to sketch the Old Police Station Building.  This is a Victorian structure built in the 1800’s –…

Summer Sketching begins

We met this morning before work at Old Post Office Plaza.  I had my doubts about this space when it was first constructed: stark white,…

Its a boy!

Arlo Dean Senne was born at 4:35 a.m. this morning.  Little Arlo weighed in at a respectable 6 lbs 11 oz.  Proud parents Jessica and…

Inspiration vs Perspiration

Once in a great while I hear or read something that really brings life into focus.  I was listening to an interview recently with Elizabeth…

LEED™ing Brazil

With all this new opportunity for LEED accredited projects in Brazil, I’ve decided to take the plunge and take the exam.  Even though being a…

Designing sustainable neighborhoods

We’ve recently been engaged in a couple of  master planning projects for residential/mixed use neighborhoods.  Each is focused on sustainable design.  Like all of our…

LEED – Public Comments

From the USGBC – LEED website: In early November, USGBC launched the 1st Public Comment Period for the next version of the LEED Rating System.…

The Cinematography was Excellent

First, I should explain that the phrase “The Cinematography was Excellent” is actually an inside joke between my husband and myself…the two of us are…

Impress plant opens in New York

The new 90,000+ sf steel can manufacturing plant in Greater Binghamton New York had it’s ribbon cutting ceremony last November. http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/523304/impress-usa-opens-manufacturing-plant-in-conklin/?ap=1&MP Fox worked with the…

Leslie Laskey

One of the highlights of my Holiday season this year was meeting Leslie Laskey for lunch the week before Christmas.  My wife Dianne and I…

Lost in Translation

This post concerns two important topics. First, Happy Birthday Frank Rosario!  You don’t look a day older than 45. Frank recently took an internet test…

Googled.

Probably like a lot of people out there, sometimes curiosity strikes and you end up googleing yourself. Outside from the typical thousands of sites that…

Bidding and Negotiation

Our office is in the final stretch of bidding for the Museum of Transportation Visitor Center.  We are working on behalf of the Transport Museum…

Going local this holiday

One would have a hard time finding a bigger proponent or earlier adopter of internet shopping than me. I’ve been an ebay buyer since 1996…

Importance of Daylight, Views

Architects love windows.  There’s no harder thing that to have to compose an elevation for a building that has no windows.  We get somewhat lost…

Visiting recently completed projects

I recently had the opportunity to tour Emerson Network Power’s Learning Center in Westerville Ohio.  The building has been up and running for almost a…

Planting a SEED

On September 22, 2010, a group of local architects, designers and active community members gathered at FOAM – a coffee/beer bar at Jefferson and Cherokee…

Materials Research – Bamboo

We are almost complete with Stinson Morrison Hecker‘s new offices in the Clayton.  They will be moving in at the beginning of October.  Currently the…

Found In translation

As a St. Louis neophyte and latest Brazilian import, I knew of very little this city could offer me. I was recently hired as an…

More summer sketching

A group of us made it to St. Francis de Sales this morning.  This church sits at Ohio and Gravois in South St Louis. This…

Small Projects

I find it interesting that most any time you start a new project that has limited scope and appears to be a quick and easy…

Summer Sketching around St. Louis

Our small group has been meeting again this summer to sketch various places around town.  We started in Tower Grove Park but have since moved…

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Here’s some information on a couple of programs I’m involved with this summer/fall. The first is GovEnergy 2010 in Dallas, August 18th.  I’m part of…

WASHINGTON AVENUE IN ST. LOUIS

Fox Architects has been located in downtown St. Louis for several decades during which we’ve witnessed the ups and downs associated with new and renovated…

Data Center Planning Contd. Scalability

Perhaps no other issue has a bigger place in early planning than scalability.  With improvements in technology, increasing digital storage requirements, internet usage and higher…

The Computer Kid

Well, it’s been fun working for Fox. My name is Joseph Burzinski (yes, the son of Joe Burzinski from the website), and I’ve been taking…

Globalization of Language

Over the weekend I came across a theory about the globalization of the English language.  Specifically, the author, Robert McCrum is making the case that…

Thoughts on LEED

I’m preparing to speak at the “GovEnergy” Convention August 18th, Dallas Texas.  I’m part of a panel discussion on LEED construction.  The attendees are mostly…

Update from Brazil

I spent the prior week in Brazil working as the LEED consultant for Emerson’s project in Sorocaba.  More on that later. Wednesday of last week…

More or Less?

Fox Architects recently went through a unique schematic design exercise in the planning of a Green Data Center “Lab”.  We were asked to engineer a…

LEED Consulting in Sao Paulo

Fox has been engage by Emerson to provide LEED consulting services for their new multi-use facility outside Sao Paulo Brazil.  The project includes office space,…

Slip-Speed

Bob Dunn, Fox Architects I have been in a wheelchair for the past 3 weeks and I have 6 more weeks before I can bear…

Beyond Green

FOX ARCHITECTS – EMERSON GLOBAL DATA CENTER IN ST. LOUIS ACHIEVES LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION www.fox-arch.com –  www.Emerson.com Energy-Efficient Facility Also Wins Beyond Green Award http://www.sbicouncil.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=6…

Data Center Design contd.

Our next Fox rule for Data Center Design is to provide for a separation between IT personnel and Facilities staff.  Perhaps no other issue can…

Green Data Center Design Series

This blog article will be the first in a series on Green Data Center Planning. Many data centers suffer from poor initial planning that causes…

WSJ article on green technology

The decision metrics discussed are a good overview for IT folks, but they also carry over to technology in buildings. How Green Should My Tech…

Haiti and Missouri SAVE program

Like everyone I’ve been following the recent events in Haiti. The scope of the disaster seems unfathomable. It has reminded me that I need to…

More Gold for Emerson

Emerson Network Power’s new Learning Center has recently received LEED Gold Certification. Fox served as the architects for this 70,000 SF building located in Columbus,…