SLU Law Reveals Renderings for Downtown Move, Renovation

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In January Saint Louis University announced it would be moving to downtown St. Louis. Today, SLU has revealed renderings for what must currently be considered a rather plain building. Unfortunately, it's current look isn't a re-skin of an historic facade that could be rebuilt or revealed. It is what it is, but if the final product remains similar to renderings released today, SLU is well on its way to prove that just about any building can be made not only better, but very attractive. Renderings show an additional floor added to the existing building (it was built originally to accommodate additional floors), a rooftop deck and space renovated for law classrooms. SLU Law plans to move to the new downtown location in August 2013.

St. Louis University Law School move and renovation - downtown STL

St. Louis University Law School move and renovation - downtown STL

Downtown neighborhood - STL
{the SLU Law building as it appears today}

St. Louis University Law School move and renovation - downtown STL

St. Louis University Law School move and renovation - downtown STL

St. Louis University Law School move and renovation - downtown STL

St. Louis University Law School move and renovation - downtown STL

St. Louis University Law School move and renovation - downtown STL

St. Louis University Law School move and renovation - downtown STL

St. Louis University Law School move and renovation - downtown STL

St. Louis University Law School move and renovation - downtown STL

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  • http://yastlblog.blogspot.com/ Kevin Barbeau

    I’ve said it before, but I really don’t think this is an unattractive building! I like the black strips along the window lines and I really like that it doesn’t use that deep first-floor set back that many of our mid-modern structures tend to have.

    With that said, it’s a beautiful rendering and if done as shown will make it a much better building. My only hope is that they don’t add any more interior parking than necessary (and really, none should be necessary what with the massive AT&T garage just behind it.

  • Joe Monahan

    Judging by the overalls and sleeveless shirt on the guy in the last picture, I’m a little worried about the caliber of student SLU Law seems to be trying to attract.

    • Alex Ihnen

      Maybe it’s a pro bono law clinic, eh? If not, I’m just worried about class attendance. The ladies from the early 90’s seem to be having a good time sitting together though.

  • Beny31

    I give it a 6.5. They didn’t do anything to screw up, I’ll give them that. But at the same time why no marquee roof signage? Hopefully that gets added at some point. Would be dumb to not utilize free advertising to 40 and the new 70. I mean all they have to do is copy neon sign on the doisy building…instantly improves the skyline and makes SLU law stand out.

    Also, have they said anything about the (i’m assuming) retail on the first floor? university run? cafe? bookstore? any clue?

    Lastly, the law school has about 1000 students. Any chance SLU builds/partners to build residential housing for say the 400 students straight out of undergrad? ……………lol, a guy can dream can’t he

    • Will

      It hasn’t been decided yet where exactly on the exterior the SLU logo or other signage will be.  I believe the architects and university are weighing the benefits of visibility from the interstate vs. from the street.

      There will be food service on the ground floor (SW corner facing the Civil Courts Building), but it has not yet been decided what that will look like exactly.  There was talk a few months ago of getting a Starbucks or something in the space sometime before the move (currently slated for August 2013) in order to generate revenue for the building, but I don’t know if that’s still in the works.

      • Benya31

        thanks!

  • Adam

    odd (to me) that the rooftop deck faces west instead of east.

    • Alex Ihnen

      It doesn’t. It’s on the southeast corner of the building.

      • Adam

        ah! you’re absolutely right. how embarrassing for me… :) seems i don’t know DT STL as well as i thought i did.

  • Jack

    This is really one of the most drab buildings downtown. The renovation really gives it  a visual boost. I think it’s great! Good for you Biondi!

  • http://www.constructer.dk/ejendomsrenovering.php iluvumaja

    That was totally amazing! How I wish it is the same as my current university building. =(

  • C’73

    Looks more commercial than academic.