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Woodward Lofts Underway

Construction commenced on the new Woodward Lofts mixed-use project (formerly the Woodward & Tiernan Printing Company) on September 28th. Demolition and abatement are underway towards this 250,000 GSF former printing company’s new life as 164 loft-style apartments at the junction of the Grove and Botanical Heights neighborhoods.

At over 250,000 square feet, 164 loft-style apartments utilize the dramatic window openings, open floor plan, and soaring clerestory monitors which gave rise to the 20th century daylight factory. The building also contains remnants of a rail spur entering the building that allowed boxcars to be loaded directly from the factory floor. West facing units and articulation of the façade continue to recognize this function that was critical to the selection of the site. The cast-in-place concrete structure provides a strong but tangible presence to the surrounding neighbors. Loading docks on the north façade have been replaced with a new landscaped entry to create a welcoming arrival sequence for residents and guests. The historic brick “head house” originally housed Woodward & Tiernan administrative offices, capitalizing on access from the elevated Tower Grove Avenue to maintain a commercial presence. The original entrance and east end are accessible once again, hosting ground level retail spaces and semi-public amenities that feature original office partitions.

Interventions to the historic structure are carefully directed inward, drawing inspiration from drawers used to organize typesetting materials. Material selections and graphics throughout the building evoke images of the building’s rich printing history. Sections of roof are deliberately peeled away to create signature community garden spaces shared by up to 10 units each. A number of unique floor plans also capitalize on soaring factory ceilings, working lofted bedrooms in amongst the worn steel trusses and timber decking of the original structure. Flat-style units condense the features of a modern apartment into a compact ‘core,’ highlighting board formed concrete and mushroom capital columns that were engineering innovations of the era. A rooftop lounge features seating areas cut from tanks that stored water for the original sprinkler system, a 360 degree panorama of St. Louis, and rooftop pool with skyline views.

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Trivers Continues Work on Missouri State Capitol Stone Restoration

An impressive domed structure sited on the bluffs of the Missouri River, the Missouri Capitol features extensive use of premiere local materials. Many of the interior features have been painstakingly maintained and remain a source of pride not only for state citizenry but in some instances, has been the recipient of national acclaim.  

The exterior stonework, while equally as impressive, has succumbed to decades of weathering. Trivers Associates is currently working with the State of Missouri to evaluate existing building conditions from the base of the building to the top of the dome, terrace pavers and balustrades, and all components of the monument plaza.

Along with our consultants, the design team is thoughtfully evaluating existing conditions, providing details specific to various repair requirements, qualifying possible stone selections, and navigating a multi-year project schedule ensuring quality renovation on time and on budget. Consultants on the project include Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, McClure Engineering, Pillar Design Group, The Russell Group Ingenium, SSC Engineering and Randy Burkett Lighting Design. 

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New Additions to the Trivers Team

We are happy to announce recent additions to the Trivers team:

  • Melisa Betts, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Designer
  • Rylie Davis, Washington University Architectural Fellow/Architectural Designer
  • Jonas Gassmann, Architectural Designer
  • Maggie Hayden, LEED Green Associate, Architectural Designer
  • John Pitman, AIA, Project Architect

We also want to thank intern Tianyi ‘Meo’ Zhang for spending the summer with us.

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Top Row: Melisa Betts, Rylie Davis , Jonas Gassmann   
Bottom Row: Maggie Hayden, John Pitman, Meo Zhang

Melisa Betts is an Architectural Designer committed to the research, testing and design of sustainable and functional spaces. While pursuing her Master of Architecture and Urban Design degrees at Washington University, she served as a Research Assistant investigating sustainable methods in community design. Her global experience includes studying post-divided Berlin under the Divided Cities Grant, as well as divisional architecture and infrastructure of post-apartheid South Africa. She is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects and is the Vice President of the Landmarks Association Urbanites.

Rylie Davis recently graduated from the Sam Fox School of Design + Visual Arts, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a minor in Environmental Studies. In 2016, Rylie served as a student teacher in the ALBERTI program, which introduces third though twelfth graders to the fundamentals of architecture and landscape design. Rylie originally served as a Washington University Fellow for the summer, and we are happy to say she has accepted a position as an Architectural Designer full-time with the firm.

Jonas Gassmann is an Architectural Designer who received his Master of Architecture degree from the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University in 2017. At Drury he served as the President of both Tau Sigma Delta and Art of Space, a campus group that creates temporary, highly interactive environmental art installations on the Drury campus. In addition, Jonas played varsity soccer and participated in the Drury University Solar Decathlon. Jonas is interested in post-colonial responses to architecture, which inspired his graduate thesis and has lead him on two trips to the mountains of Honduras, where he built latrines for communities in need.

Maggie Hayden is an Architectural Designer with experience in aviation, higher education, civic, and healthcare projects. She received her Master of Architecture and Urban Design degrees from Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, where she also served as a Research Assistant and an International Summer Studio Coordinator. While working on Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Maggie received a number of scholarships and awards, and also participated in study abroad programs in Shanghai, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Prague. She is a LEED Green Associate and recently passed her final exam to become a licensed architect in the state of Missouri.

John Pitman is a Project Architect with 17 years of experience on projects from initial conception through execution. He has experience with both historic renovations and contemporary design for mixed-use, higher education, and commercial clients. John served as a Building Science Lab instructor at Washington University as well as an Architectural Graphics instructor at St. Louis Community College. He is a member of AIA St. Louis and the Benton Park Neighborhood Association.

Meo Zhang received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University in 2017. During her senior year, Meo received the Elizabeth S. Schmerling Memorial Scholarship which was awarded for her superior performance and scholarship as well as her innovative approach to art and science in architecture. Meo is headed to Boston once she leaves Trivers and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.

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