Jesuit Archives and Research Center

St. Louis, MO

Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province


Fox Architects


BSI Contractors

Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering

KPFF provided structural and civil engineering services for two new two-story, 30,000sf buildings separated by an expansion joint. Located near the Saint Louis University campus, the buildings replaced an existing one-story manufacturing building in the vibrant Cortex innovation hub and technology district.

The Archive Storage Building, designed to accommodate the heavy loading of high density storage and 200mph winds, is constructed of steel columns and beams with a composite concrete-steel deck floor. The roof is a concrete slab supported by composite deck and steel beams to withstand impact from wind-driven debris. CMU walls on the north and south sides of the building are load-bearing with CMU pilasters; the perimeter CMU walls provide lateral load resistance. An 8-inch concrete slab-on-grade is supported by rammed aggregate piers to support moveable archive storage shelves.

The Administration Building is a conventionally framed two-story structure typical of an office building. The roof is a metal deck supported by bar joists, steel beams, and steel columns. The elevated floor is a concrete slab on a metal form deck supported by bar joists and steel beams. Lateral loads are resisted by reinforced CMU walls with exposed vertical braces. Glass storefront framing marks the entrance to the building, opening into a two-story lobby that was designed for future floor expansion.