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McClure Engineering Purchases the Cupples 1 Building in Downtown St. Louis

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After 15 years on Oleatha Avenue in south St. Louis, McClure Engineering has purchased and will be moving to the historic Cupples 1 building at 1000 Clark Street. Built in 1896, the building is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is part of the Cupples Warehouse district downtown. Located two blocks west of Busch Stadium, the firm will occupy two of the building’s six floors while leasing the remaining space to new and existing tenants. The iconic St. Louis warehouse was renovated in 2006 yet maintains the building’s historic appeal with large windows, exposed brick interior and wood frame timber structure.

The move comes after expressed interest from neighboring company, Huvepharma, who plan to expand into the firm’s Oleatha location. The purchase of the new building will allow McClure to grow, providing needed space to add 15 to 20 workers over the next few years. The firm will renovate two floors of office space to house staff and will adopt a new open floor plan to promote teamwork and collaboration.

Hotel Indigo Underway in Downtown St. Louis

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Trivers Associates’ hospitality work dates back more than 20 years. Our St. Louis-area hotels alone total nearly 1500 rooms, 2,000,000 square feet and over $180M in construction cost. These projects include the Westin Hotel at Cupples Station, Embassy Suites at the Laurel and the conversion of the Adam’s Mark Hotel into the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

Our latest hotel project is in partnership with ViaNova Development and will finally revitalize the long vacant historic LaSalle Building in the heart of downtown St. Louis. The project is currently planned to open as a Hotel Indigo. Originally designed in 1909 by Isaac Taylor, the LaSalle Building rises 13-stories and features bay windows beginning at the third story with terra cotta and cast iron details at the first and second stories. Trivers is leading the design team through a full rehabilitation of this unique building as well as a renovation of the adjacent office building for use as an 88-key hotel. Exterior improvements on the LaSalle building include full window replacement for all upper stories, masonry and terra cotta repair, roof replacement, and a new rooftop bar with exterior patio. The adjacent office building will receive a completely new façade meant to deliver a modern interpretation of the historic bay windows on the LaSalle building. Trivers also served as historic consultant on the project working closely with the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

The Hotel Indigo flag is particularly well suited for this site as the required development of a neighborhood story utilizes a building’s placement within a city as inspiration for the design. With no shortage of historic material, the design team worked with the Owner and Hotel Indigo brand representatives to create a narrative focused on the history of transportation in St. Louis which then acted a lens through which the interior design was developed. The program includes a full restaurant and bar on the first level, meeting rooms and suites on the second and third levels, a fitness center and specialty roof top bar. Selective demolition is underway with full construction anticipated to begin this spring.

Team members include Nehring Design, KPFF Consulting Engineers, G+W Engineering, Civil Design, Inc. and KH Lemp.

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