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Missouri Projects Named Some of Best Design-Build in the Nation

The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce its 2021 Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners, including two Missouri projects. The Robert A. Young Federal Building in St. Louis and the I-435 South Loop Link in Kansas City have received National Design-Build Merit Awards. These projects will also go on to compete for a National Award of Excellence and Project of the Year to be announced at DBIA’s Design-Build Conference & Expo Awards Ceremony, November 2nd.

At approximately 1 million square feet, the Robert A. Young (RAY) Federal Building is one of the largest office buildings in downtown St. Louis. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) undertook the $75 million design-build project to provide additional shelter-in-place opportunities and safe exiting for the building’s 3,000 occupants in the event of an earthquake. The early 1930s Art Deco brick and terracotta building is vulnerable to seismic hazards because of its proximity to two seismic zones. The project represented the first use of seismic dampers in a St. Louis building retrofit and the team’s innovation enabled all work to be completed while the building was 100 percent occupied by 3,000 employees from 48 separate government agencies.

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