Friday, October 31, 2008

1015 Locust Update

Some additional info on the renovations underway at 1015 Locust:

The building’s transformation will begin in the lobby, where renovations will create a more upscale image. Space will be carved out of the lobby for a restaurant and retail space in order to provide amenities to both the office building’s tenants and its neighbors. Eileen Hamburg of Quintin Design Resources has a created a completely new look in the lobby, featuring a redesigned security desk, updated lighting and ceiling treatments combined with new, rich-finish materials and comfortable seating areas.

Elevator cabs will be refinished in high-quality materials, and individual office spaces can and will be tailored to meet tenants’ needs, including creating a popular “loft-style” creative look by accenting the exposed architectural aspects, including distinctive bell columns. Next up, contractor Stuart Dean will begin work on the exterior of the building. A new exterior color palette and new canopies will be added over the building’s ground floor. In addition, the skin will undergo a major cleaning and will be refinished in a new color, offering a fresh, modern look.

“These renovations will dramatically improve the image of 1015 Locust,” says John Warren, an Associate with CB Richard Ellis, which handles leasing efforts for the property. “Just as the neighborhood around the building is being dramatically transformed with new loft apartments, high-rise condominiums, restaurants, retail services, parks and supermarkets, so will we create a special new environment for Downtown office tenants,” notes Stephen Reinstein, ICO’s Senior Vice President.

“More importantly, however, the changes will give our tenants some important added amenities and send a message that ICO Development and Sovereign Partners are serious about making 1015 Locust one of the premier office buildings in St. Louis,” Warren adds.

Renovations began in mid-August with the exterior changes as well as those to the lobby, which are scheduled to be completed before the end of 2008. AJ Brown is the general contractor. A second phase, slated for 2009, will include awnings with associated retail signage.


Matt Fernandez said...

The exterior cleaning has already made a huge difference. I can't wait to see the new colors. This building, combined with the recently started renovations at the 411 will really improve the look of this stretch of Locust. I look at the Millennium Center as a good example of what 1015 Locust can look like while still using the same facade style that we all complain about now.

Vanishing STL said...

It's great that they have brought the retail out to the sidewalk where it belongs and where it is visible. The lobby looks better generally, but the empty ledge where the fountain was looks a bit odd, and and while the elevators cabs look nicer as well, they lowered the ceilings to just above the door opening making them somewhat claustrophobic. It will be interesting to see how the exterior changes turn out.