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Design Team of the Year finalist: National Place

3100 S. National Ave.

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Last edited 11:30 a.m., Nov. 7, 2018

Owner/developer: National Place LLC
General contractor: BP Builders LLC
Architect: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective
Engineers: Lee Engineering and Associates LLC, Miller Engineering PC and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective
Interior designer: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective
Size: 30,000 square feet
Cost: $3 million
Project completed: November 2017

Most people might have missed the potential of the narrow lot at the corner of National Avenue and Montclair Street. That’s not the case for Jon Dodd, principal and director of architecture at Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective.

“Many people thought this site was not capable of being developed the way that it was,” he said. “Most just saw this site as a narrow piece of ground for another one-story, monotonous strip center development. Until this team came along.”

One hurdle early on was zoning requirements that caused height limitations.

“Pockets were designed into the wood truss floor and roof structure to accommodate overhead mechanical equipment allowing the floor-to-floor heights to be lower,” Dodd said.

The 32,000-square-foot office and medical building located in the middle of the Medical Mile houses seven tenants, including Buxton Kubik Dodd, Missouri Trust & Investment Co. and Family Back & Neck Care Centre, as well as PrimeLending in an adjacent freestanding building.

Dodd points to design highlights as the three-story lobby, with an open glass element, and a covered rooftop terrace.

“There are a lot of amazing things about this building, from its striking modern design [to] how it glows at night,” he said. “We were able to preserve and renovate the existing 1960s-era office building on the site, bringing the once-vacant eyesore up to par with the newer modern building design.”

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