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Remiger Design, Blanton Construction Partner on T-REX Geospatial Space in Lammert Building

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

St. Louis-based Remiger Design and St. Peters-based Blanton Construction have paired on a creative, tech-forward renovation of the fourth floor of T-REX’s hub in the historic Lammert Building at 911 Washington Avenue.

Remiger Design began work in July 2018 on the 16,000-square-foot space, which features open spaces including labs, collaborative areas and small offices. “The three suites are designed to be an incubator space that connects St. Louis’ geospatial technology community,” said Lindsey Buening, design and project manager at Remiger. “T-REX is located only 1.5 miles from the future Next NGA West headquarters in North St. Louis. This new space will augment that facility, positioning St. Louis as a global hub for geospatial and location intelligence. The confluence of education, flex space and co-working suites all work to support T-REX’s project mission to create a continuous pipeline of geospatial talent here in St. Louis.”

Blanton Construction began construction of the space in July 2019 and completed it in January.

When the elevator doors open, the first thing visitors will see is the St. Louis riverfront-inspired topographical map on the floor. The signature floor is a pearl-grey base of poured epoxy overlaid with an expansive vinyl graphic and finished with a protective clear coat. Blanton Construction Senior Project Manager David Sampl said the specialty flooring demanded a nine-step process.

“The completely wood-framed building is more than 120 years old and features floors with rises and dips in them,” Sampl said. “Maintaining the historic look of the building by sandblasting ceilings and wooden column beams, while also bringing in a contemporary feel in the generous use of high-tech glass and interactive A/V walls, was a challenge.”

Bazan Painting assisted Blanton Construction, as did Lloyd Brothers Woodworking, the latter of which custom fabricated three pieces in the space’s resource center.

A few years ago, Blanton Construction performed work for T-REX on the sixth floor of the Lammert Building. This was Remiger Design’s first project for the nonprofit organization that serves as a downtown St. Louis-based incubator for tech startups.

Occupants are expected to move in during March.

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Key Employees Take Ownership Positions in Remiger Design

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Firm looks toward the future with buy in from Principal Architect and CFO

Vern Remiger, president of Remiger Design, announced that Denny Crain and Mike Favazza Jr. have taken an ownership position in the architectural, planning and interior design firm.

“Denny and Mike have been key leaders at our firm,” Remiger noted. “This enables us to move forward with our growth plans while ensuring that we have capable leadership to guide our firm in the coming years.”

Crain has been with Remiger Design since April 2014, starting as a project leader. He became a licensed architect in January 2016. He was promoted to principal in January 2018. With 15 years of experience, his primary responsibilities range across all design and construction phases of projects for the firm’s clients. Additionally, he develops the firm’s business while focusing on several commercial property sectors.

Favazza was named CFO of Remiger Design last January, after having served as the company’s outside CPA for three years. Mike oversees the firm’s initiatives to improve profitability and efficiencies in its business processes. His experience includes more than 16 years of both public and private accounting, with an emphasis on helping small businesses manage their finances and growth.

“While I will remain active as the majority shareholder, this positions our firm for the future,” Remiger said. “I am confident in their abilities to eventually take over the firm.”

Remiger Design is a St. Louis-based planning, architecture and interior design firm specializing in the planning and design of multiple project types and scale. The firm was founded in 2010 by Vern Remiger, an industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience in architecture, interior design, planning and facilities management.

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Engineering Center of St. Louis Breaks Ground on Multi-Phase Renovation

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Left to right: Ed Alizadeh, P.E., President and CEO, Geotechnology, Inc.; Breck Washam, P.E., Vice President/General Manager, St. Louis Regional Office at Burns & McDonnell; Vern Remiger, President, Remiger Design; Nicole A. Young, P.E., President, Lion CSG and President, Engineering Center of St. Louis; Barry Koenemann, CEO, United Construction

The Engineering Center of St. Louis recently held the ceremonial groundbreaking at The Engineering Center of St. Louis. The crew is currently underway with it first phase of a three phase $3 million program focused to put the Center in front of the technology and engineering future in St. Louis.

“For almost 150 years, the Engineering Center has been a cornerstone in the St. Louis engineering community,” said Nicole Young, president of the Engineering Center of St. Louis. “We are the third oldest engineering society in America, and thrilled to be breaking ground on this momentous renovation project and creating a space that will promote and support the fostering and development of a wide range of programs and initiatives.”

With construction work by United Construction, the first phase of the project will involve converting the building’s auditorium into a technologically advanced meeting space. The renovation will create a flexible and modern environment that will be used by the Engineering Center to collaborate with its 30 affiliated organizations, partner with local schools and businesses and encourage greater student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“It has been an honor working on this renovation project with the Engineering Center, an organization that has made so many significant contributions to the engineering profession,” said Vern Remiger, president of REMIGER DESIGN. “The restoration project we are working on with United Construction will provide the ability for the center to continue to make a lasting impact on the St. Louis engineering community and the engineering industry as a whole.”

Phase one of the multi-phase renovation project is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2017. Additional stages of the project will include a redesigned fellowship hall, a new STEM learning facility and new updates to the building’s exterior.

“The Engineers Club of St. Louis (now known as the Engineering Center of St. Louis) is the third oldest engineering organization in the U.S.A. and the oldest west of the Mississippi. I have a special place in my heart for the Club because I was able to follow in the immediate footsteps of the true giants in our profession who were also true community leaders,” remarked George Tomazi, retired Director of Design and Construction at Mallinckrodt, and donor and Past President of the Engineering Center. “As such, there is an inherent obligation to continue to honor their contributions, and supporting the Club is one way to accomplish that.”

 

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