Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Teen Center

IFMA St. Louis Program: Presentation and Tour of BGCSTL’s Teen Center of Excellence


The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) will get a firsthand look at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis’ (BGCSTL) new Teen Center for Excellence.

Opened in September 2019 in Ferguson, MO, the 27,000 square-foot Teen Center for Excellence serves youth from ages 12-18. One of the first such centers in the country, the center will “enrich our children’s lives and the city by helping its youth build strong character, graduate from high school with a plan for life and become productive citizens, ” says Dr. Flint Fowler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President.

Its location was selected to create a positive environment in the community belabored with difficult realties and negative press.

Ruth Lederman, vice president of resource development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, and Rachel Sarvis, architect with Acturis, will provide an overview of the center’s mission and design.

In collaboration with the client’s vision, Arcturis’ goal was to design a bright and engaging environment for the organization’s deserving youth, ages 12-18. The location of the new center is not only an important goal for the club but also a way to elevate the entire community. Situating the building as close to the street as possible will activate the street, draw people in and connect the project to the surrounding neighborhood. Obscured glazing around the gym allows for activity on the interior to be seen from the street edge while still maintaining a level of privacy. As the first piece of new construction in the area, it is hoped to be the cornerstone for future development.

Every design decision was made to respect the club’s needs regarding budget, durability and overall function. The Teen Center contains a basketball court, teaching kitchen, music studio, drama studio, auditorium, intellectual commons, innovation center, game room, fitness center, art room and staff offices.

Locating the intellectual commons at the center of the building maximizes the amount of programmed spaces and creates an internal atrium. White walls and raw materials are used to allow the interior to act as a blank canvas for the club while exposed structure and unique details allow teens to see nearly every building component. Bright vibrant pops of color are carried through to the interior on strategic architectural elements and furniture. Colorful metal window surrounds on the second floor dictate specific functions within the building allowing natural light to fill each space.

About IFMA St. Louis
IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities. IFMA members also value their membership to build their careers, seek counsel and advice from other facility management professionals, access a variety of resources and achieve professional certification. Represented in 134 chapters and 16 councils worldwide, IFMA members manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $526 billion in products and services. For more information, visit


KAI Celebrates Construction Milestone at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Teen Center of Excellence


Final steel beam hoisted into place at March 27 topping out ceremony

Local officials, stakeholders, residents, staff and representatives of General Contractor KAI celebrated a topping out ceremony on March 27 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Teen Center of Excellence currently under construction in Ferguson, MO. During the construction milestone, the final beam signed by donors, community partners, staff and others was hoisted high into its final position. The City of Ferguson and its Fire Department showed their support for the project by flying a large American flag from their ladder truck during the event.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is excited to reach this milestone regarding the construction of our Teen Center of Excellence. The topping out ceremony gives us a chance to include our club members and supporters in this important community resource. It symbolizes the role and responsibility we all have to foster hope and opportunity for all children,” said Dr. Flint Fowler, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.

According to KAI Senior Project Manager Jeremy Lammers, construction of the $12.4 million facility is on track to open in the Fall of 2019.

“Predominantly, topping out ceremonies are reserved for projects that hold significant meaning to the organization and, most importantly, to the community,” said Lammers. “Completing the steel for this building gets us one step closer to opening the new Teen Center of Excellence that will be serving the youth of Ferguson and its surrounding communities. KAI is excited to be a part of this project and helping transform this community.”

The Teen Center of Excellence, located at 9200 West Florissant, will offer afterschool and summer programs to youth ages 12-18 in the North St. Louis County area. One of the first of its kind in the country, the 26,856-square-foot, 3-level center will provide a safe place for area youth to gather and participate in a variety of activities. Designs for the facility include a nutrition education center, gym, teen lounge, outdoor garden, auditorium, music and art studio, office space, intellectual commons, innovation center, and outdoor basketball and activity court.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has a 50-plus-year track record of success in the St. Louis region as a youth services provider and will implement nationally acclaimed programs at the new Teen Center similar to those offered in the 10 locations it presently operates (seven of which are located in North St. Louis County). Programming will include an emphasis on health and wellness (such as yoga, healthy habits, open gym), education and workforce development (such as college tours, ACT/SAT prep, tutoring), STEAM (such as coding, app creation, robotics) and leadership and civic engagement (such as fine and performing arts, community service, applied arts).

KAI is serving as the General Contractor on the project, and the architect is Arcturis of St. Louis, MO.

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. To learn more about KAI, visit

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For over 50 years, BGCSTL has been providing after-school, teen, sports and summer programs to youth in the St. Louis area while also providing a safe place for them to learn and grow.