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Arcturis Receives National Recognition from AIA

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Arcturis, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, has received recognition from the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as part of the 2017 AIA annual awards.

Arcturis received an AIA Distinguished Award for the St. Louis Science Center’s GROW Pavilion. Inspired by the simple elegance of typical farm structures and evoking the profile of a plow or scythe the Agriculture Pavilion is envisioned as a graceful curvilinear structure opening to and connecting with the surrounding outdoor exhibitions where visitors can study about food production from farm to fork.

Arcturis also received an AIA Distinguished Award for their Service Center project. The design embraces a minimalist aesthetic that celebrates the utilitarian nature of the program and elevates the user experience through transparency, access to natural light and connections to the outdoors.

Spire’s Corporate Home Earns LEED Gold and IES Lighting Awards

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The design-construction team of Arcturis and Tarlton Corp. announces that the project they completed at 700 Market St. in downtown St. Louis received LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It was also recognized with an Edwin F. Guth Award for interior lighting design from the Illuminating Engineering Society.

The project was finished in April 2015 and is the new home of Spire (formerly The Laclede Group). Prior to the interior build-out for Spire, Tarlton completed the core and shell historic renovation of the structure for building owner The Koman Group. The building was the youngest listed on the National Register of Historic Places when it was added in 2008.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the U.S. Green Building Council’s rigorous green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices through four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. To receive LEED Gold certification, projects must earn a minimum of 60 points on the USGBC rating scale. The LEED Gold designation also recognizes minimized environmental impact, maximized occupant comfort and high-performing tenant spaces.

Major design and construction highlights of the project that helped earn the LEED Gold distinction include the following:

  • Nearly 53 percent of the on-site generated construction waste diverted from the landfill
  • Installation of materials and products with low volatile organic compounds for optimum indoor air quality
  • Reduction of potable water use by 39 percent through the use of efficient fixtures
  • Energy-saving LED lighting and connected lighting power
  • Extensive use of recycled building materials
  • An automated shade system that operates based on the sun’s position, season and room usage
  • A fully programmable lighting control system that automatically adjusts to harvest and maximize daylight

The Edwin F. Guth Award for interior lighting design from the Illuminating Engineering Society recognizes exceptional interior lighting projects that balance the functional illumination of space with the artistic application of light to enhance the occupant’s experience. The Spire project received the Award in September 2016.

Spire moved into the 130,000-square-foot, six-story structure in 2015. The building was designed by famed architect Philip Johnson, who won the 1979 Pritzker Architecture Prize for his work on its design. It had been vacant since 2004 prior to its recent redevelopment.

“The building at 700 Market St. has been an important part of our city’s architecture since it first opened its doors in 1977. We are proud to be part of the team that not only brought it back to life, but made it a more environmentally sound place to work and do business. We received these awards because of the combined commitment of Spire, Koman, Tarlton and Arcturis to honor its history and bring it into the future,” said Arcturis designer Brian Waite, LEED AP, IES, LC.

Tracy Hart, Tarlton president, noted this is Tarlton’s fifth LEED Gold project. “Sustainable construction has become standard practice in our industry, with building owners and project teams looking to build sustainably on every project, registered or not,” she added. “Having built our LEED Silver headquarters in 2004, we know how to build these buildings, and we’re proud to help create healthful work environments.”

Both Tarlton and Arcturis are based in LEED Silver offices.

Arcturis Receives Three Awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society

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Arcturis is pleased to announce three of their projects have received awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), whose mission combines lighting knowledge with practical application for the general public.

The IES Illumination Awards provide a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design. Arcturis was bestowed two Guth Awards for Interior Lighting Design and an Energy and Environmental Design Award.

Spire offices receive Edwin F. Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design

Arcturis’s Brian Waite was the lead lighting designer for Spire’s new offices at 700 Market Street, which won the Guth Award. The award recognizes exceptional interior lighting projects that balance the functional illumination of space with the artistic application of light to enhance the occupant’s experience.

Waite’s approach to designing the lighting at the iconic building in downtown St. Louis followed architect Philip Johnson’s minimalist, modern style

“The Laclede Group’s building was a 130,000 square foot office renovation and required an understated approach to lighting. Inspiration came from the building’s original design and the client’s vision of a clean, classic, and timeless space,” Waite said.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its square shape is bisected into two three-story triangles, which center on a circular rotunda. Following Johnson’s original approach, flat lensed 2×2 LED fixtures were selected for the split square volume with round fixtures placed throughout the circular volume.

Because the client is a utility company, energy reduction was a major project goal. Strategies to conserve energy include efficient fixtures that reduce power use by 41.83%, occupancy-sensing fixtures in lower-traffic spaces, and extensive use of natural daylight.

Guth Award for CIC @ CET

Arcturis’s CIC@CET project also won a Guth Award. This science and technology incubator space provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop new technologies. Designers Eva Krueger and Chrissy Rogers created a collaborative and inspiring concept to support tenants’ work.

“Careful consideration was given to making sure every aspect of the building is dynamic – from the round pendants that dangle over the circular lounge reception area to the linear direct pendants that highlight the custom triangular ceiling,” said Rogers.

Energy and Environmental Design Award for a financial services office project

IES awarded an Energy and Environmental Design Award to financial services office project that was completed as a partnership between Arcturis and William Tao & Associates.

Designers were challenged to meet or exceed the company’s corporate energy reduction initiative within the 90,000 square foot space. The team investigated the impact of upgrading from standard T5 recessed linear lighting to LEDs as part of their work.

“After multiple studies and mock ups, the team decided to go with LEDs for energy savings, maintenance and dimability. When combined with a digital control system, the client’s return on investment is 15%,” Waite said.

Arcturis is a national design firm based in St. Louis that specializes in planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, and workspace optimization.

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