Summer 2019

Major progress at the Sheldon Arts Foundation!

Here's a time lapse video showing the erection of 22 steel mesh panels to be welded together to form a single tensioned vertical mesh.

The Sheldon Vertical Garden

The 35-foot tall by 200-foot long mesh will provide a lattice for the growth of vines as well as a structure for feature lighting. This new Vertical Garden will enhance and define The Sheldon’s new public plaza, flanking the west side of its Annex Building on Washington Boulevard.

Please see more construction photos below. The bracing frames will be removed once the welding is complete.

Design concept studies and renderings below by Cobalt Office.

Winter 2019

The Public Media Commons will be featured in the March/April issue of Texas Architect Magazine. In the article, the author, Michael Friebele interviews design team member Andrew Colopy of Cobalt Office, currently teaching at Rice University.

Read the article and view photos on-line here:

PMC before and after (above)

Fall 2018

Work continues at Morey Field House, Principia College. Click here for more construction progress photos.

August 2018

If you need accurate field measurements in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? GeoSLAM!

Our friends, and part time ghost busters, Horner & Shifrin Engineers, have deployed GeoSLAM mobile 3D mapping technology to provide our team with accurate field measurements for our renovation project at the Marycliff Retreat Family Lodge in Wildwood, Missouri. Equipment is supplied by Seiler Instruments.

This exciting 3-dimensional mobile scanning technology can provide accurate point cloud data of existing conditions in fractions of an inch and can be done in a fraction of the time it would take using other methods.

For this project, we will utilize multiple 3D scanning technologies to create a single digital model that integrates both exterior and interior point clouds. The resulting model will then be used as a starting point for proposed renovations as well as a continuous reference throughout the project timeline.


Summer 2018

Work is in progress at Morey Field House, Principia College. Photo below by John C. Guenther, FAIA. Click here for more construction progress photos.

Spring 2018

Spring has sprung at the Veterans Honor Park!

Veterans Honor Park, Chesterfield, Missouri

Veterans Honor Park, Chesterfield, Missouri

Winter 2018

We are currently working on an exciting project to renovate a building built in 1936 and designed by the visionary Architect, Bernard Maybeck! Click here for a few more shots of the building as it exists today. Stay tuned for progress!

Morey Field House, Principia College  Bernard Maybeck and Edward Hussey Architect, Designed 1935-1936

Morey Field House, Principia College

Bernard Maybeck and Edward Hussey Architect, Designed 1935-1936


New Photos of the Veterans Honor Park from Ben Scherliss have arrived!


Spring 2017

The Veterans Honor Park was dedicated on May 3, 2017 and is now open to the public. Click here to view a slide show of the project time line. Located within Chesterfield Central Park near the south entrance of the Chesterfield Amphitheater at 690 Veterans Place Drive, the Veterans Honor Park is dedicated to honor Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, past, present, and future. Please drop by for a visit!


The Sheldon Plaza and Parking Lot project is shaping up! Check out the latest update on the webcam here.



All of our past successes are the result of joint efforts with our clients and consultants. The bedrock from which we build a successful project consists of empathy with our clients and their needs. It is our first priority to listen to our clients and then respond with counsel deriving from our experience.

Perhaps this is why we find further inspiration from the following quote from our nation's first President,

"You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes." ~ George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

The above quotation will be engraved into the granite fountain at the soon to be completed Veterans Honor Park in Chesterfield, Missouri. We, with our consultants, are grateful and honored to be working with the City of Chesterfield and Veterans Committee (made up of so many honorable Veterans and their families) toward the completion of this special project. The Veterans Honor Park will be a place to connect with and honor Veterans and their families, past, present, and future. We invite you to visit when it is completed in the Spring of 2017.

We also invite you to read George Washington's Farewell Address and contemplate, with us, his message of unity as we move forward in life and work, striving for joint efforts and successes.


Fall 2015

American Society of Landscape Architects 2015 Professional Awards

Congratulations to DLANDstudio for their excellent work on the Public Media Commons! The project receieved a 2015 ASLA Honor Award ! See more details on the ASLA website:


2015 AIA St. Louis Design Awards

PBA is honored to announce two design awards from the St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects!

First, the design team members for the Public Media Commons are grateful to be recognized by the 2015 Design Awards Jury, chaired by the beloved architectural evangelist from Texas, Lawrence Speck, FAIA. The 13,000 square foot media rich plaza won a Merit Award for Architecture. Design team members include: Benjamin Gilmartin, AIA, Architect - Creative Design Director, Cobalt Office, DLANDstudio, Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Electrosonic, Horner and Shifrin, HDR, and Powers Bowersox Associates. Please feel free to visit the public plaza at 3655 Olive Blvd in Grand Center, St. Louis, Missouri 63108. We encourage you to follow the event calendar on the Public Media Commons website and attend upcoming events!

Secondly, we are grateful to announce, the AIA St. Louis Chapter recognized the Thomas Dunn Learning Center in St. Louis with the 2015 Distinguished Building Award. The building was designed by our very own Bill Bowersox, FAIA while he was a partner at Ittner & Bowersox Architects in 1990. The Thomas Dunn Learning Center is a community institution that educates low income adults free of charge.  The 14,000 square foot Learning Center contains offices for administration, a library, classrooms, home economics classrooms, media presentation rooms, a police sub-station, storage and outdoor gardens. Visit the Center's website here:

Previous awards for the Thomas Dunn Learning Center include:

1994 Honor Award for Design Excellence Central States AIA
1992 Russell H. Jost Design Excellence Award City of St. Louis Urban Design Award
1992 Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture St. Louis AIA

Spring 2015

Webster Groves Public Library

We are delighted to learn that the Webster Groves Public Library has received an Honorable Mention Award for Architecture from the City of Webster Groves 2014 Awards of Excellence !  From the City's website, "The annual Awards of Excellence are sponsored by the City of Webster Groves, select Boards and Commissions, and the Webster Groves Historical Society. These awards identify projects in the City that exemplify excellent design and acknowledge the owners, designers, and builders for their achievements and contribution to the community in the areas of architecture, historic preservation, landscape architecture, and craftsmanship."