After standing vacant for nearly 30 years, the 19,000 sf Power House building in downtown St. Louis opened as CannonDesign’s St. Louis office. Constructed in 1928 and designated as a landmark by the National Historic Register, the Power House provides coal-fired steam heat to a dozen downtown buildings until its decommissioning in 1980. Although the building’s exterior shell and original structural steel were fundamentally sound, significant imagination and rigorous design analysis were required to convert the building for workplace use. New floors were cantilevered within the building’s massive volume to create a total of 32,000 sf of office and conference space. The floors are set back from the building’s spectacular windows to maintain the sense of transparency and volume. Exterior improvements included creation of a 3,500 sf urban garden and historically accurate replacement of windows in their original masonry openings.
The LEED Gold building now performs at an exceptionally high level, exceeding even forecasted energy-use predictions. Major contributors to this success are the high-efficiency window system, control systems for day and night cooling and CO2 sensors that control ventilation.”
“….the building’s spectacular windows…..sense of transparency and volume.” “Exterior improvements included….historically accurate replacement of windows in their original masonry openings” “Major contributors to this success are the high-efficiency window system….”
Thanks to CannonDesign for their recognition, the role high quality windows play in the design and function of a modern office building complex.