Historic Cupples 9 Renovation Completed in Downtown St. Louis

Historic Cupples 9 Renovation Completed in Downtown St. Louis

Building Will be Home to The Flying Saucer Drought Emporium, Osborn & Barr, Mackey Mitchell, Asynchrony Solutions and Others

ST. LOUIS  (November 15, 2012)– Clayco Inc. announced the completion of the Cupples 9 renovation in downtown St. Louis. The building is designed to house primarily commercial space, along with some restaurant and retail establishments.

More than 90 percent of the building has been leased to renters including Mackey Mitchell, Osborn & Barr and Asynchrony Solutions. The Flying Saucer Drought Emporium, a Dallas-based restaurant chain, is expected to occupy a portion of the restaurant space.

Originally constructed in 1894, Cupples 9 required extensive renovation to bring it up to standards, while preserving historical flair. According to The National Parks Service’s historic preservation requirements, builders are required to maintain some historical aspects for buildings on the historic registry.  

“The building had been vacant and was originally used as manufacturing and warehouse space, so it was a challenge to upgrade it while maintaining the requirements of historic preservation,” said Jim Mundy, project director at Clayco.  

Some of the original windows had to be rebuilt as part of the structure, and the original façade on the first and second floors of the two primary facing elevations had to be maintained according to the original design.

“We had to strengthen the roof top to support multiple large air conditioners, along with reinforcing the framework, which is all heavy timber and no steel,” Mundy noted.

The builders constructed Cupples 9 with LEED Silver Certification in mind. LEED Certification requires that builders make an effort to be green throughout the construction process. Clayco kept documentation during the process to record efforts in diverting waste from landfills and using recycled and regional materials. They also placed bike racks near the building to encourage alternate forms of transportation.

“Cupples 9 serves as a predecessor to restarting the development of historical buildings in downtown St. Louis,” said Mundy. “Perhaps it will help trigger some of the renovation that has been stagnant here over the past few years.”

Clayco worked with several other partners to complete this project.  Space LLC served as the architects, The Koman Group as the developer, KPFF as structural engineers and The Farnsworth Group as civil engineers.

Clayco is currently working on other corporate office space developments, along with healthcare and education projects. The company is expanding rapidly in the Chicago market.