As part of this mission, T-REX partnered with Arcturis to develop a 10,000 SF coworking space and technology incubator where entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and other professionals can build their businesses, foster a community of innovation, and create a network of creativity and support.
At Arcturis, our strength is listening to our clients. It is our goal to create outcomes that truly reflect clients’ goals and aspirations.
To keep up with the rapidly changing pace of advancements in technology and trends, in 2017 Arcturis brought in design expert Shelly Beckemeier to lead our Workplace Strategy expertise. Coming to Arcturis with thirty years’ experience in real estate strategic planning, design, and construction, Shelly truly has a passion for creating spaces that help people and businesses thrive.
“Half the fun of design is the process of discovery and analysis that leads to creative solutions,” says Shelly. When working with a client to create a workplace strategy, Arcturis’ collaborative team works together to research, gather, and analyze data to uncover the best ways to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and employee experience.
Although it varies by company and project, workplace improvements can drive culture, enable choices, promote wellness, enhance engagement, nurture community, reduce real estate costs, and accommodate new technology resulting in a higher-performing workplace.
“We wanted a new space to display the new brand with some splash. Arcturis engaged all parts of our corporation in the design process, which really helped with buy-in through change management. Everyone enjoys the new space, and our gathering areas are used all the time. This has become a very special, cool, and unique space.”
- Peter J. Conrad / Chief Administrative Officer, Edgewell
Experiencing rapid growth, Adarza, a biotech company whose name means “reflection” in Sanskrit, desired a space that would accommodate their needs while representing the brand and culture. Inspired by Adarza’s meaning and founding technology, Arcturis incorporated conceptualized elements of reflection and perception throughout the design to represent the brand.
Depicting a key tool in company’s detection process, a pattern of luminous dots on the ceiling guides users while reflecting the design inspiration throughout the space. Privacy film on the glass-enclosed conference rooms and breakroom glass divider provides gradations from opaque to translucent, eventually allowing for increased clarity into the areas.
Another important environmental element is the “Community Wall” in the breakroom. A vital component of this company’s brand, their defined culture relies on the cross-pollination of knowledge. By creating a space that allows employees to share ideas and contribute to their environment, Adarza is writing their own story and continually expressing their brand and culture.
For anyone visiting Adarza’s redefined space, Arcturis’s design provides clarity about the technology provided while further refining the company’s story and culture.
This project was completed in collaboration with DCM Group. A special thanks to them for helping this vision become a reality! @dcmgroupstl
Just a few generations ago, countless dresses and pairs of boots were designed and made in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Second only to New York in importance, the city was known as a fashion capital that helped dress the nation.
Second only to New York in importance, the city was known as a fashion capital that helped dress the nation. That role has faded over the years, but the St. Louis Fashion Incubator aims to revive the industry.
The non-profit, which provides emerging designers with studio space, a stipend, and mentorship, envisions a hub of local companies designing and producing garments.
Former CEO of architecture and interior design firm Arcturis, Patricia Whitaker believes in that mission and connected her firm with the organization...
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Arcturis recently discussed the future of the workplace with Colliers International and the St. Louis Business Journal.
MEET THE EXPERT: As a Principal at Arcturis, Julie Keil leads the workplace design team by establishing strategic direction and providing dynamic solutions to meet her client’s complex business needs. Her 28 years at the firm have made her a national expert on creating office spaces for world-class clients like Wells Fargo, Ameren, Express Scripts and Equifax.
St. Louis Business Journal: What industries are driving the local office market?
Keil: The start-ups. The Cortex area. The biotech. The life sciences. You still have your large corporate activities, but there’s a lot of activity in the start-ups, the more entrepreneurial-driven market. That activity is really exciting. It gives a different perspective to the type of space that is created for the market.
St. Louis Business Journal: What are the hot projects?
Keil: The Cortex hub, the Armory, and the growth in healthcare with the BJC expansion — that whole area is going to be a huge transformation over the next several years. Innovation is so important. I think corporations are all acknowledging that even if they have their corporate campuses there is a tie and an interest to have a presence in a Cortex-type of environment.
St. Louis Business Journal: The mantra we’ve always heard is location, location, location, but really there’s lots of locations that you’re referencing that have big potential right now.
Keil: In the corporate world, what we see as a huge driver is attracting and retaining top talent. With the shift in the workforce with a lot of the baby boomers, who I think historically like being in the suburbs, they like an easy commute. With more millennials really becoming the dominant population, I think there is a desire to be in more of an urban, metropolitan-feeling area. That’s where they want to live and it’s also where they want to work.
People can work anywhere. It used to be that people had to physically drive or commute in some manner to their workplace to physically work. Your desk was there. Your access to technology was there, and so on. Today, technology makes it possible to work anywhere, any time. I question if our future is really going to be corporations or if it is going to be diversified, where you have multiple offices that are more hub-like for people to come together and collaborate. Oftentimes, people have the ability to be able to work at home, but they want that personal connection. That’s where you will see people come into work a couple days a week that do not necessarily need to, but do to make that connection.
Arcturis partnered with Argos Family Office, a multi-family office serving a few select client families, to reinvent the traditional office, with a contemporary spin on ornamental detailing, decorative wood moldings, and traditional furnishings and finishes. Considerate of the minimalist architectural styling of the building in which the new offices were constructed, the design solution harmonizes with the existing condition while honoring the client’s desire to maintain a traditional design aesthetic. A reception lobby is centered in the floorplate and entered from the middle of the third floor, forming the heart of the office. Clients arriving via elevator are welcomed into a tranquil, light-filled space that is punctuated by a view of the tree canopy.
With the client’s strong emphasis on client service and privacy, the central reception area allows Argos to quickly greet clients and easily transition to the meeting rooms and private offices flanking the space. An ornately designed reception desk is carefully positioned to provide visual connectivity to the entry, boardroom and the office’s communicating stair, connecting staff to lower level offices.
The retrofit of this existing switchback stair, built of painted steel stringers, concrete-filled metal pan treads, and iron balusters proved to be one of the project’s greatest challenges and achievements.
Painted wood paneling was added to enclose the underside of the stair, concealing the structure and providing new storage. Wood treads and risers were added to match the adjacent hardwood flooring and the existing guardrail was replaced with a new glass system with a satin brass shoe, cap and handrail. This re-envisioned stair marries traditional aesthetics and detailing with existing conditions to create an inviting and elegant transition between floors.
The Argos design pairs hard ceilings with large-format acoustic ceiling tile throughout, reinforcing the office’s aesthetic while providing necessary functionality. Decorative brass light fixtures are placed in areas of emphasis and supplemented by functional downlighting. Full-height semi-transparent glazed partitions marry traditional and contemporary aesthetics while opening up meeting spaces to natural light and views.
A palette of warm grey and white was employed throughout in combination with satin brass accents to complement the warm wood tones of the floors installed throughout the office. The client’s original artwork was reframed and hung throughout to provide color and visual interest. Together, these elements reinforce the company’s tradition while producing a refreshed elegance for the brand and space.
The energy at the “ground breaking” of the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator was nothing short of contagious. The talent, the potential and the combined passions seemed to feed off one another with the shared notion that this space is going to impact St. Louis in a big way.
Located in the Artloft Building, situated in the 1500 block of Washington Avenue near City Museum, the incubator space will be ready for six fashion designers in January of 2017. The goal is to provide the support necessary for these designers to grow their businesses and help put St. Louis back on the map for fashion.
As the lead architect and designer for the incubator space, Arcturis’s design was heavily influenced by the passions and fashions of the designers inhabiting the space. While much of the existing space benefits from ample ceiling height and plenty of natural light, the freshly opened mezzanine originally did not. This disconnect of space was a challenge for creating an engaging and comfortable working environment for the designers. Arcturis’s solution involved opening the space to take advantage of as much natural light as possible. The design team succeeded in creating a space that feels less constricted, while staying within a limited budget.
Designing a space that is conducive to a diverse group of creatives is no easy task. The solution, ingenious in its simplicity, proved to be the use of neutral colors and finishes to create an environment that does not overwhelm the designer’s work and allows their creations to be the focal point.
Fashion Fund’s new space on Washington Avenue ties directly to the history of the district as a hub for garment fabrication, once considered a major player in the United States from the late 19th century until World War II. Now, the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator is determined to bring that prestige back to downtown St. Louis, and Arcturis is honored to be a part of that journey.