Tarlton Completes Historic Renovation of 700 Market in Downtown St. Louis

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm and a member of multiple AGC chapters, has completed renovation of the historic building at 700 Market St. in downtown St. Louis for The Koman Group and The Laclede Group. 
The Laclede Group has moved into the 130,000-sq-ft, distinctive six-story structure that is one of the younger buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1979, architect Philip Johnson was named the inaugural winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize for his design of the building, which had been vacant since 2004 prior to its redevelopment as 700 Market, which began in late April, 2014. 
Working with Koman and HOK, architect for the core and shell, Tarlton’s scope of work included demolition and renovation of interior areas for common corridor, restrooms and circulation spaces to accommodate a Class A office space; replacement of major mechanical and electrical equipment; renovation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; elevator work; specialty metal refinishing; cleaning and restoration of the exterior façade; and painting.  

Tarlton renovated the site’s plaza at the north corner of the entry plaza to include a water feature and sculpture. The Tarlton team also worked on a contained landscaped area, planting trees and installing natural gas lamps on the east side of the site, plus renovation of the mid-level rooftop, which features welcoming seating areas with gas fire pits and grills, beautiful views and abundant greenery. 

Tarlton also completed the building's fit-out for The Laclede Group, with Arcturis serving as architect and designer. The project is pending LEED® Certification for Commercial Interiors by the U.S. Green Building Council, a designation that recognizes minimized environmental impact, maximized occupant comfort and high-performing tenant spaces. Sustainable features include an automated shade system that operates based on the sun’s position, season and room usage, as well as a fully programmable lighting control system that automatically adjusts to harvest and maximize daylight.
"We are excited to be part of the 700 Market project, a building that is a vital part of St. Louis’ city center," said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. "We are proud to deliver the project collaboratively, quickly and inclusively to create work spaces of the future through innovative design and lively community areas."  
The project was led by Tarlton Project Executive Andrew Kovarik and Project Director Jeff Freese. Additional team members included Jason Bretz and Kevin Oakley, preconstruction; Roslyn Croft, diversity coordinator; Katie Bourque, Nick Eshelman and Jill Hutchison, project engineers; Peter Boldt and Patrick Murphy, project superintendents; Ryan Schaal, assistant superintendent; and Debby Raczka, project assistant.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise with 2014 revenues of $177 million. Tarlton completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the life science, health care, institutional, commercial, power and industrial markets, as well as concrete and hydro excavation/industrial vacuum services. The firm recently was recognized with one of the construction industry’s highest honors, a 2015 Alliant Build America Award, for its work on the $90 million, LEED Gold Olin Business School Expansion (Knight and Bauer Halls) at Washington University in St. Louis. 

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