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Beyond the Arch: Exploring Cultural Landmarks in St. Louis

As the new museum at the base of the Gateway Arch is completing construction, the Arch grounds will once more be the most popular tourist destination in St. Louis. It’s logical to think that St. Louis is synonymous with the Gateway Arch - the iconic, stainless steel monument to westward expansion designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in 1947.  The Arch may be an icon for the city and many times act as its logo, but it does not fully represent the cultural and civic fabric of St. Louis that we want the world to know.   […]

Sharing as a Strategy for Campus Vitality: Better Together

Sharing, by definition, is the joint use of an asset, resource or space. It refers to joint or alternating use of inherently finite assets. Shared-use of facility assets is a widely used method to deploy excess capacity for the mutual benefit of a school district and its communities. In the context of higher education, shared-use can transcend the simple transaction – proportionally shared cost/value of a fixed resource – and deliver a value enhancing synergy to the collaborating institutions. If structured correctly, sharing physical assets with partners in the community can bring energy and vitality to campuses while optimizing resources. […]

Who’s Coming to your Emergency Department?

I had the opportunity this week to participate in a workshop "Reimagining the ED" that was part of the Healthcare Facilities Symposium taking place in Austin. The workshop was organized and led by Durell Coleman of DC Design.

The goal of the workshop was to identify issues common to emergency departments and then offer creative solutions for those problems. The effort was on behalf of the Federal Guidelines Institute (FGI) in support of incorporating new ideas into the design guidelines that would improve the efficiency and effective ness of hospital emergency departments. Roughly a hundred clinicians and designers participated, assisted by architecture students from Texas A&M University. […]

Christner Projects Selected for AIA St. Louis Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis Chapter celebrated excellence in the built environment with its Design Awards event held on September 14 at The Majorette in Maplewood. Through a juried process, projects in various categories were recognized for outstanding qualities in design and craftsmanship. Two Christner projects were recognized with Honor Awards in Craftsmanship.

Troco Custom Fabricators was honored for their metal fabrication and installation on the The Edward Jones Parking Garage and Pedestrian Bridge in Maryland Heights.  The 3-bay parking structure is open-air and houses approximately 700 cars on 4 levels. The pedestrian bridge links to the newly renovated 201 Progress Parkway office building and features a coffee bar and informal meeting space.  […]

Collaboration Spaces that Work in the Workplace

Collaboration spaces can mean different things to different people.  To some, it may be an enclosed room with the latest technology, while to others, it may be out in the open with more tactile tools like markers and paper.  No matter what the setup is of a collaborative area, it should allow the participants to feel comfortable to promote the exchange of ideas between employees, that produces an efficient and effective result.   […]