Centene Corporate Auditorium, Parking Garage Design Revisions Presented

Design for the largest project downtown Clayton has ever seen continues to evolve. While the most anticipated elements of Subdistrict 2B are set for future phases, the parking garage fronting Forsyth Boulevard will come first.

Once planned as a garage with an architecturally interesting facade, such as the metal scales of the existing Centene garage a block east, then as a faux residential facade, the most recent renderings depict something that looks basically like a parking garage. The design has more architectural heft than pasting on architectural elements or art and may meld well with the adjacent auditorium. The south side of the garage is planned to be covered by future residential development.

The auditorium location switched from east to west of Carondelet Plaza months ago, and the new images show the original concept of a transparent facade revealing the core auditorium structure continues. Even as towers rise around it, the HOK-designed structure would clearly be a new landmark for Clayton.

Overall, the new design provides welcome variation along the length of Forsyth compared to previous designs. The garage will rise eight levels above ground, and delve five levels below grade. The auditorium is planned to have 900-1,000 seats.

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