A historic school building celebrated its 150th birthday with many new opportunities to study without antique blackboards and pencil sharpeners.
Client goBRANDgo! recently opened the newly renovated Carondelet School for their non-profit organization Conflux co-learning, the nation’s first shared learning space where manufacturers and dealers can actively work together to ensure the success of their company through joint innovation.
The 26,000-square-foot former school at 8221 Minnesota Ave. in South St. Louis has expanded by $ 2 million to include a variety of options for Conflux members, including interactive workspaces, an innovation lab, recording studio, and six state-of-the-art conference call rooms. goBRANDgo! headquartered at 3301 Wisconsin Ave. Relocated to the new premises and according to goBRANDgo! President Derek Weber will hire at least 10 employees this year to support expansion in both companies.
goBRANDgo! – a distribution company that mainly works with manufacturing and industrial companies –
launched Conflux in March 2020 and moved the community to a virtual environment before physically opening its doors. The new building will host public and member-only events to help supply chain executives grow their businesses. Conflux offers membership levels for individuals, small teams, and companies with access to leadership workshops, strategic speakers, round tables, and collaboration opportunities.
The Carondelet School, designed by architect Frederick William Raeder, was built in 1871 to teach more than 400 children of local workers and manufacturers. It operated for over 100 years before closing in 1976 and later serving as a Christian private school before becoming vacant in the 2000s.
Brandon Dempsey, partner at goBRANDgo !, said the renovation of the building focused on reused and reclaimed materials. Conflux recovered over 50 tables and chairs from the demolition of the Missouri Botanical Gardens Ridgway Visitor Center, and the company built additional tables using reclaimed building materials from the demolition. More than 2,000 square feet of hardwood floors have been hand built to match the building’s original hardwood floors.
Pictured left to right: Valerie Patton, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Greater St. Louis, Inc .; Emily Breedlove, executive director, TechSTL; Kevin Cahill, vice president of strategic initiatives, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Sarah Martin Wood, councilor, 11th Ward, City of St. Louis; Tishaura Jones, Mayor of the City of St. Louis; Derek Weber, President, goBRANDgo !; Brandon Dempsey, partner, goBRANDgo !; Matt Menietti, Executive Director, Conflux Co-Learning; and Jaymes Dearing, President, Carondelet Business Association
For more information on Conflux co-learning, call (314) 754-8712 or visit his website.