EDGE @ WEST. Image courtesy Clayco
Seneca Commercial Real Estate has completed its four-story office building in the greater St. Louis area. Clayco, the general contractor on the project, completed construction on EDGE @ WEST, which was designed by Lamar Johnson Collaborative.
The project was also funded by Enterprise Bank and Trust and PACE by Stonehill.
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The project laid the foundation stone in December 2019 and Clayco completed the core and shell of the building a year later. The 125,000 square foot Class A office building is now complete and has an average floor slab size of 21,330 square feet on the first floor and an average floor slab size of approximately 34,200 square feet on the second through fourth floors.
The open office has communal amenities such as an IT and screen package, a fitness center, a coffee bar, a fireplace area, meeting rooms, outdoor lounges and sports fields. EDGE @ WEST was designed to attract tech and creative companies. However, the first tenant will be FM Global, a mutual insurance company.
COVID-19 aware design
After EDGE @ WEST began construction before the COVID-19 pandemic began, some design elements of the office were taken into account during the construction process.
“Edge @ West was originally designed as an office building with the future in mind,” Laura Stock, an employee at Lamar Johnson Collaborative, told Commercial Property Executive. “When COVID-19 changed the rhetoric of what it meant to feel ‘safe’ in an office, we felt it was imperative to look ahead to what ‘safe’ could mean.”
To adapt the building design, the project team adapted the entrances by making them touchless and adding automated check-in and plumbing stations. The fittings for the toilets were also designed to be contactless, while the double-acting doors could be opened with a push of feet or hands. The design also included improving air circulation by installing overhead doors in the first floor common areas to allow additional airflow and adding plasma filters to the building’s mechanical system to improve air quality. The project team also installed self-cleaning antimicrobial surfaces at all key touch points.
Many other large office projects across the country have taken similar steps to better ensure the health and safety of their tenants. According to a Morningstar report in May 2020, this new way of thinking about designing healthy buildings is also likely to generate increased awareness from potential tenants.