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Under Construction: The Euclid

Trivers Associates has designed more than 8.2 million square feet of housing totaling nearly $1 billion in construction value. We are excited to continue that expertise for the Koman Group in their development of “The Euclid”. Located in one of the most thriving and energetic neighborhoods in St. Louis, The Euclid embodies both the history and energy of a rapidly changing Central West End. The integration of office, retail, parking and 72 residential units into a single footprint will offer twenty-four hour vibrancy of a mixed-use project that is key to sustainable urban neighborhoods. Currently under construction, “The Euclid” is expected to be complete in late 2017.

Designed to reflect the simple, historic masonry massing of the surrounding early 20th century architecture, the building uses regular window articulation, height relationships, and traditional massing to relate to its surrounding context while establishing a heavier mass that appears to hover over a permeable and highly visible ground level. Deliberate but discrete voids are a reinterpretation of traditional vertical plane breaks and are an extension of indoor spaces to engage with the energy of the street and neighborhood below. Design opportunities are established by the traditional massing, but the transparent nature of the corner especially leans toward contemporary design, structure, and materiality. Utilizing a dark-grey brick and reinforced concrete panel rainscreen façade, this palette and execution is a contemporary take on a roman brick commonly found around the site, allowing the building to take on a modern feel while being respectful of its historic neighbors. The common thread of simplicity taken from the exterior massing all the way through the design of the interior unit layouts and finishes is meant to evoke the simple, straightforward lifestyle that is demanded by the target users for this neighborhood.

Created by St. Louisan Danny Meyer, Shake Shack will have its first St. Louis location as the anchor tenant in The Euclid. For more information on this exciting development, visit http://www.theeuclidstl.com/.

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Design Complete: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge - Omaha

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can bring about anxiety, uncertainty, and worry for patients as well as those who care for them. The American Cancer Society (ACS) seeks to ease a cancer patient’s journey by providing free housing, transportation and emotional support through their Hope Lodge facilities. Trivers has been working with ACS for more than 20 years on facilities in over 10 cities. Our latest partnership with ACS, located in Omaha, Nebraska, focuses on creating a place that provides opportunity for comfort, reflection and rejuvenation.

Mature cedar trees which had previously surrounded the North and West edges of the site created inspiration for the architectural design. The site layout seeks to maximize outdoor habitable areas ranging from large community gathering patios to more private areas for reflection. Walking paths throughout the site encourage guests to take in the fresh air and carefully landscaped natural surroundings. Building materials including rough texture local brick, smooth cut stone and wood are reminiscent of the cedar tree cross section providing texture, shadow and warmth to the building façade.

Inside, public spaces meant to be shared by all guests are located on the first level along the natural perimeter and away from parking and vehicular circulation. Creating a “home away from home” atmosphere for the guests, the first floor includes a large living room with fireplace, a library, and movie room. Kitchen facilities on the first floor allow guests or caregivers to cook their own food and are arranged in a similar manner to modern family kitchens with island seating as well as larger dining tables. Guest suites are located on the upper two floors in order to provide a quieter, more reflective, private atmosphere. Further enhancing the ability to meet the wide variety of individual needs and desires, guest suites consist of a sitting area with desk separated from the sleeping room.

A cancer patient’s treatment and experience is as personal and unique as the individual themselves. In Omaha, whether a patient needs emotional support from community or family or complete privacy they will most certainly find comfort during their stay at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

The American Cancer Society is currently raising funds to build this much-needed facility. To find out more or to donate, please visit http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/hopelodge/omaha/hopelodgeomaha.

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Propper Construction, Apteds Plan $20M Soulard Development

Excerpt from article featured in the St. Louis Business Journal, via Construction Forum St. Louis

Propper Construction Services plans to build a $20 million apartment complex at South 13th Street and Russell Boulevard in Soulard.  The development, Propper President Tim Breece told the Business Journal, will include 126 units and space for a restaurant in a new building that ranges from three to five stories.

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