Steelcote Lofts Planned in Midtown

Trivers Associates is currently working with Pier Property Group to redevelop the long-vacant, 1923 Steelcote Manufacturing Company Building into 32 loft apartments. As creator of the world’s first rubberized paint that could conform to intricate metal surfaces without deformation, The Steelcote Manufacturing Company played an integral role in enabling the sleek lines and refinement of modern design. From paints with fungicide to coatings used by NASA, Steelcote was an innovator in the paint industry and inextricably linked with the progress of industrial design.

Sited in St. Louis’ Mill Creek Valley, Steelcote Lofts will appear quite unrefined upon first glance. The existing concrete frame and brick infill express the storied history of the building. Public spaces convey a level of refinement with polished concrete floors and distinct new work which highlights board formed concrete and exposed industrial columns. A crafted network of electrical conduits on each floor plays on the industrial systems of contemporary buildings, adding detail to the exposed nature of public spaces. Within the units, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms achieve the highest level of refinement, deliberately arranged so as to contrast the original character of the building. Mechanical systems are carefully concealed, while specific surfaces use accent colors from the original Steelcote palette.

Pushing the envelope of distinction from typical loft design, Steelcote Lofts embraces the innovative history in industrial refinement, beholden of its namesake.

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Firm Engagement

Our Trivers team is continually promoting the values and experience of the firm as well as the architectural profession as a whole. Whether becoming licensed, joining a board, teaching or speaking at a conference, the Trivers team is engaged in diverse ways throughout the year.

Architectural Designer Melisa Betts is a Faculty Assistant at Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, co-teaching with Dr. Linda Samuels. The urban design course is focused around multi-modal transportation development.

Principal Joe Brinkmann, AIA is now on the Board of Directors of Downtown St. Louis, Inc. as of May 2017.

Principal Joel Fuoss, AIA recently presented the national AIA/HUD Secretary Award-winning Flance Center at the Public Interest Design Institute Conference, held October 7th in St. Louis.

Principal Amy Gilbertson, AIA is presenting Developing a Diverse Team: Find, Grow, Keep, Repeat this week at the Women in Design+Construction conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Project Architect Maggie Hayden, AIA passed her last ARE exam to become a licensed architect in the State of Missouri.

Associate David Lott, AIA was elected to the Association of Preservation Technology – Central Plains Division Board of Directors. He also serves on the Landmarks Association of St. Louis Board as Vice President and was a featured panelist at the Universal Design Summit held this week in St. Louis.

Architectural Designer Martin Padilla is serving as a competition judge for Rozzy’s STEAM Challenge, which allows children to design and build like real architects and product designers. He also continues as Assistant Director at the Washington University Career Center for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

Project Architect Ross Welch, AIA is an adjunct instructor for Building Systems at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. He’s also serving on the Young Professionals Board of Rise Community Development.

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Top row: Melisa Betts, Joe Brinkmann, Joel Fuoss, Amy Gilbertson
Bottom row: Maggie Hayden, David Lott, Martin Padilla, Ross Welch

University of Pikeville Health Professions Education Building Receives Two AIA Awards

The American Institute of Architects has recognized the new Health Professions Education Building at the University of Pikeville with Merit Awards from both the AIA Kentucky and AIA St. Louis chapters.

The Health Professions Education Building is the new symbol of mobility that an education can offer and emblematic of the prominence that the University of Pikeville offers for the central Appalachian region and beyond. Housing the new Kentucky College of Optometry and adjoining Elizabeth Akers Elliott School of Nursing, the facility allows for interdisciplinary collaboration, state of the art active learning classrooms, and optometry labs that compete with the best programs in the nation. The educational components are paired with shared University spaces of student food services and dining, capped by a multi-use pavilion, a true signature space with commanding views to the Appalachian Mountains beyond.

Partnered with Ayers Saint Gross of Baltimore, Trivers won the project in early 2014. After the design team led an extensive programming process with a wide range of University administration, faculty, and staff, testing the results discovered and outlined in programming with the goals of the University and national accreditation criteria. Vetted and approved through the Owner’s executive committee, the results were implemented into schematic design as the building began to take shape. Perched on nearly a 45 degree sloped site, the building massing and organization were derived with three bars of program: learning, collaboration, and public, all unified by a common core, a mandate by the University. Working with the two prevalent approaches of dealing with the Mountains in the region, the building both works with the hillside and has moments of deifying the slope, a sign of human’s way of conquering this difficult terrain for the built environment. Finally, the envelope melds the naturalistic materials and color palette of Appalachia, coupled with reinforcing the buildings use as a school optometry, using “layers of clarity” in the way only glass layers views to and from the building. This combination of program, massing, and materials, creates a rich, contextual, and modern beacon for the youth of Appalachia.

Principal Joel Fuoss, AIA and Associate Ashley Hoolihan, AIA received the AIA St. Louis award at its annual Design Awards ceremony, held on September 14 and Principals Joe Brinkmann, AIA and Joel Fuoss, AIA received the AIA Kentucky award at the Ohio Valley Regional Conference held on September 27 in Indianapolis.

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