St. Louis Front Page presents St. Louis CitySide, an overview of the City Government of Saint Louis. From time to time, we will take an indepth look at many of the projects in which the city is involved and how these projects will affect residents and visitors.
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Fountains at Old Post Office Plaza Taking Shape
The fountains at the Old Post Office Plaza, a multipurpose plaza located between Eighth and Ninth streets in downtown St. Louis, next to the Roberts Orpheum Theatre, are beginning to take shape.
ST. LOUIS, (SLFP.com), August 17, 2008 - Nearly a year ago, St. Louis city officials and representatives from Downtown Now!, the Downtown St. Louis Partnership, Gateway Foundation and the Danforth Foundation, along with the plaza designer were on hand to view renderings for the former parking lot north of the Old Post Office.
The Old Post Office Plaza, next to the Roberts Orpheum Theatre, will contain performance space, a large sculpture and waterfall. The focal point of the plaza will be at the base of the cascading three-story waterfall, showcasing an art sculpture "Torso di Ikaro", from which the design was inspired.
Since the unveiling, the area has seen dramatic changes as concrete forms outline various elements of the 30,000 square foot plaza. According to project manager, Kozeny-Wagner, their biggest challenge came early on in this project. Difficult site conditions were discovered in the beginning stages of construction. Due to this finding, the team was forced to re-evaluate the structural design of the project.
Originally, the design called for install pile for the support of the structure. However, with the close proximity of the Orpheum Theater, Kozeny-Wagner needed to find a structural design solution to support the projects fountain without risking possible damage to a 100+ year-old building during construction. The team's resolution used auger cast piles for the structure, which posed no threat of damage to the building. The project was originally slated to open Spring 2008.
Funding for the $8.16 million plaza included support from the Danforth Foundation, the US Bancorp Community Development Corporation and the St. Louis Brownsfields Cleanup Fund (via SLDC).
Programs at the plaza will lunchtime and evening music, theater, street performers, weekend markets, film series and special events. See archived story: Old Post Office Plaza to Feature Signature Sculpture
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A huge crane dominates the building site for Roberts Towers, east of the construction area for the Old Post Office Plaza. The historic Old Post Office (left) has undergone a $35 million renovation.
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