Monday, March 31, 2014

Cooper Bussmann - St. Louis (Ellisville, MO)

Eaton's Bussmann Business

Cooper Bussmann is part of the electrical business of Eaton. Eaton acquired Cooper Industries plc in late 2012. Bussmann leads in critical circuit protection, power management and electrical safety. Cooper Bussmann is committed to the development, manufacturing and marketing of innovative circuit and power electronics protection, overvoltage protection, as well as power management solutions for industrial, electronics, alternative energy and high reliability markets. Industry-leading brands offered include: Cooper Bussmann circuit protection products; Coiltronics magnetics and PowerStor super capacitors.
With the acquisition of Cooper Industries by Eaton, Cooper Bussmann is now called Eaton's Bussmann Business. For information about Eaton,
With nearly a 100-year history of innovation, Eaton's Bussmann Business has set the standard for circuit protection in the global market. 
Eaton's Bussmann Business manufactures and markets a wide variety of North American and European-styled fuses for the electrical and electronics industries, plus inductors for electronic applications. Eaton's Bussmann Business also offers engineering, training and testing services focused on downtime reduction, workplace safety and code compliance.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lawrence Group - Security Building, St. Louis

The Lawrence Group ( led the redevelopment and design of the historic Security Building in Downtown St. Louis a few years ago. They occupy the former Noonday Club space on the top floor of the building.  The building has an incredibly ornate lobby and was built in 1891.  

Lawrence Group is a building design, development and project delivery firm with professional staff in five regional offices in North America. Across our national network of operations, our firm's expertise includes architecture, interior design, urban planning, landscape architecture, real estate development, graphic design, and construction management.


dome in the lobby 

Security Building 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

St. Louis University Law School - new downtown location

St. Louis University Law School recently relocated from their main campus to a building a 260,000 square foot building at 100 N. Tucker Blvd. and was donated by the Scott family.  The previously mostly vacant building built in 1965 was completely rehabbed for the law school.  Lawrence Group ( was the architect for the project.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Ferguson Consulting - Chesterfield, MO

Ferguson Consulting, an IT consulting firm, recently relocated and expanded in their building at Timberlake Corporate Center 3 in Chesterfield.  Nehring Design completed the work. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Suburban to Urban Office Relocation: The Future in St. Louis?

While many companies have remained committed to Downtown, such as Stifel Nicolaus, Wells Fargo Advisors, etc, will we begin to see more relocation from the suburbs to the CBD, like Shipworks did a few years ago? This is clearly a trend in other cities.
A friend of mine recently left a large company in St. Charles because he no longer wanted to commute from the city all the way to the exurbs.  Perhaps companies like RGA, who's currently building a new campus in Chesterfield, will begin to consider building in the urban core of the city, where young people clearly want to work.  

Companies Say Goodbye to the 'Burbs

Young Talent Wants to Live in Chicago, Not Libertyville; Dilemma for Older Workers

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

301 N. Memorial - Renovation of former Peabody Coal HQ

The building at 301 N. Memorial was built for Peabody Coal (Peabody Energy) in 1957.  They vacated the building in 2005 and it has remained vacant until last December when it was purchased by ICC Engineering.   They are currently working on a complete gut-rehab of the property.  I have two floors of office space (24,000 square feet) available for lease (1st and 2nd floors).  So, this is a complete shameless self-promotion, but this building will offer a creative or traditional firm a very cool office space and location downtown, across from the soon to be updated Arch grounds.
Included are a few renderings of the planned renovations.
                                                                         historic photo
                                                          rooftop rendering includes bar, fire pit
east view of Arch grounds- soon to be updated
game room and cafe
building today

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fox Architects - Emerson HQ campus

 Fox Architects

Emerson’s Building AA was originally constructed as 2 floors underground and 4 floors above ground, with the first and second floors initially intended for storage only.  The Second Floor housed Emerson’s data center, occupying most of the west portion of the floorplate, until that function moved out in 2009.

As the corporation has grown, demand for office space within the corporate headquarters has increased.  Emerson asked Fox to study ways to make this floor function effectively for Corporate staff --  the solution involved excavating along the west side of the building and exposing the second floor foundation.  This west wall was surgically removed and glass and steel framing now infill the opening.  Fox re-worked the mechanical systems and lighting to increase the ceiling height, thereby maximizing the daylight penetrating into the space. 

New stone faced retaining walls were added.  The rusticated face and curving sweep of these walls are designed to contrast with the orthogonal geometry of the original Miesian building.

Sam Fentress Photographer