St. Louis Stamping Lofts Is AGC Keystone Award Finalist
St. Louis Stamping Lofts received an award as a finalist at the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis' 2013 Keystone Awards Ceremony. The project was one of three finalists in the Building Construction Under $10 million category. Congratulations to project owner Loftworks, architects Rosemann & Associates, our subcontractors, our Project Manager Phil Krull and Superintendent David Welsh. A Keystone Award is not based on beauty but is given to general contractors that exhibit excellence in providing solutions to unique obstacles and challenges specific to a project.
This project involved the major renovation of the historic St. Louis Stamping Company building originally constructed in 1870 and located at Second and Cass in downtown St. Louis. Just days before the project was to start, a wind storm collapsed portions of the walls down to the third floor line of the west and north elevations and the first floor line on the east elevation. This significant setback to schedule could have resulted in a loss of tax credits to finance the project, but the construction team worked diligently to revive the over 140-year-old building, which, in addition to partially collapsed exterior walls, had collapsed ceiling and floors in much of the building. The team met rigorous construction requirements of three government entities and delivered a LEED-certified building on time and on budget.
Stamping Lofts is the residential/office component and first phase of a larger development called FarmWorks, which will consist of an urban fish and vegetable farm, green business incubator and educational facility—the first of its kind in St. Louis. Stamping Lofts is designed for the ex-offender and homeless population in a strategic effort to end the cycle of crime and homelessness. The building houses 56 studio apartments and office space for St. Patrick’s Center, which provides supportive services to the residents.