Portfolio of Work
James Alverson
2000-2013
Adams School and Community Center
St. Louis, Missouri
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager and Construction Administrat...
Forsyth School Expanded Campus Master Plan
St. Louis, Missouri
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager

The private Forsyt...
Forsyth School New House Addition & Renovation
St. Louis, Missouri
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager

Owner:
Size:

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Wilson School Addition and Renovation
St. Louis, Missouri
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager

Addition Size: 7,000 Gr...
Clayton School District – Glenridge Elementary
Clayton, Missouri
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager

As designed

As ...
Clayton School District – Captain Elementary
Clayton, Missouri
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager

As designed

As bu...
Clayton School District – Meramec Elementary
Clayton, Missouri
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager

As designed

As bu...
Clayton School District – The Family Center
Clayton, Missouri
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager

As designed

With v...
The Old Post Office
St. Louis, Missouri
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager and Construction Administrator

GSA and DE...
The Old Post Office
St. Louis, Missouri
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager and Construction Administrator

The Court ...
U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
New Bern, North Carolina
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager

Following two smaller re...
U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
San Antonio, Texas
James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager

This multi-use Federal buildin...
Catco Catastrophe Cleaning and Restoration
St. Louis, Missouri
Alverson Architecture

Catco engaged Alverson Architecture ...
Anderson Family New House
St. Louis, Missouri
Alverson Architecture

Original Fire-Damaged House

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James Alverson Architectural Portfolio 2000-2013

  1. 1. Portfolio of Work James Alverson 2000-2013
  2. 2. Adams School and Community Center St. Louis, Missouri James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager and Construction Administrator Two historic St. Louis Public School structures have been joined and to become part of a large new complex for shared use as both a city public elementary school and a neighborhood community center. The facility allows for simultaneous education classes for both the children of the neighborhood as well as for their parents. Programmed spaces include: typical school classrooms and offices, separate specialized classrooms for adults, weight rooms, a cardio-machine room, an aerobic/dance room, locker rooms for adults, families, and team sports, a computer lab, and administrative and support spaces. Shared spaces include a full-sized gymnasium and a cafeteria. Owners: Project Size: Completion: St. Louis Public Schools Adams Park Community Center 104,000 square feet December 2001 The Adams School and Community Center project came about as the result of a partnership of public and private entities, including Washington University. The community facility contributes to the revitalization of the Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood in the City of St. Louis.
  3. 3. Forsyth School Expanded Campus Master Plan St. Louis, Missouri James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager The private Forsyth School, uniquely contained within five historic homes and a newer multipurpose building, acquired a nearby church and grounds in which they plan to house their Early Childhood Program. This proposed satellite addition allows for a main campus expansion of both their Arts Program and their limited Outdoor Athletic Program. In addition, landscaping, fencing, a new entrance drive and walkway modifications are planned to define the main entry, screen parking, solve access problems, and connect the various campus elements. Satellite Early Childhood Site Owner: Costs: Forsyth School Main Campus Sitework $1.1 million Early Childhood Renovation $1.4 million Completion: August 2002 (Master Plan) Full completion of the various projects, as shown on the Main Campus Master Site Plan, includes a multipurpose athletic field, a running track, a covered multipurpose pavilion, new tot play areas, a new in-ground swimming pool and pool house, a new science lab building, and a natural pond area for outdoor learning. The expanded Arts Program includes separate 2D and 3D art classrooms and separate studios for drama and dance. Outdoor arts areas include space for drawing and display. The central, focal-point pavilion serves as a main gathering area for students, teachers, and parents, promoting the sense of community in this school.
  4. 4. Forsyth School New House Addition & Renovation St. Louis, Missouri James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager Owner: Size: Forsyth School Renovation 8,700 square feet Addition 8,000 square feet Costs: $2.2 million including sport field/track Completion: April 2005 The New House addition and renovation project adds new classrooms to the campus and doubles the space provided for the Arts. The original New House will receive new finishes, casework, lighting and plumbing with modest plan changes. In the addition, the lunchroom is doubled in size allowing for one less lunch period. Separate space is provided for 3-D and 2-D Fine Arts. The Drama studio now includes a small practice stage and the large Music Studio allows for dance and space for movement to music. The Arts Center addition is visually separated from the original historic New House with glazing, but shares common materials including brick walls and a slate roof. The new elevator tower is extended upwards and uniquely articulated with vertical slate, thereby becoming a clock tower and a new campus icon.
  5. 5. Wilson School Addition and Renovation St. Louis, Missouri James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager Addition Size: 7,000 Gross Square Feet Completion: Summer 2005 Cost: $3,400,000 For several years, the Wilson School pursued a project with another design team to build a major new gymnasium addition and renovate portions of their existing building. Throughout the process they were unable to overcome difficulties in meeting the City of Clayton zoning code requirements. Of greatest concern to the neighbors was the large volume of the originallyproposed new gym. The bulky structure overwhelmed the adjacent homes in this entirely residential neighborhood. A secondary issue was the loss of outdoor play space to the school with the gym addition occupying the remaining small amount of open space. In the summer of 2003, Trivers Associates was engaged to develop a new conceptual design for the project and to work with the neighborhood subdivision associations and the City of Clayton to create consensus of support in advance of seeking formal zoning code variances. The architects engaged the neighborhood and the City and a final creative solution was approved and built. The now-completed solution used the benefit of heavily sloped site to bury the new gym and related spaces below grade…an underground gym. This decision totally eliminated the out-of-scale with the neighborhood large gym volume. Moreover, the gym’s roof was now at grade and was therefore useable for outdoor play space. The school got its gym and lost no outdoor open space. The underground gym is as light-filled as any above grade facility, as it is illuminated along one entire side with skylights.
  6. 6. Clayton School District – Glenridge Elementary Clayton, Missouri James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager As designed As built Owner: Clayton School District Size: 7,750 square feet Completion: August 2010 This expansion includes a three-story addition to be added to this historic 1929 school, which serves grades K-5. The lower level of the addition expands the lunchroom and thereby also creates a multipurpose room. The new first floor portion replaces a Kindergarten classroom and the upper floor adds a new large science lab. A new fire stair connects all three levels and provides direct access to the playground. The addition is a contextual piece, which matches the existing brick and stone facades, fenestration and sloped roof lines. Renovation workscope includes: reconfigured classrooms, a re-built stage, a new counselor suite and specialized small classrooms. Various MEP system improvements will be made and a new fire sprinkler system will be installed. Sitework includes a new science garden adjacent to the new addition, sitting walls with adjacent landscaped beds, and foundation waterproofing.
  7. 7. Clayton School District – Captain Elementary Clayton, Missouri James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager As designed As built Owner: Clayton School District Size: 7,770 square feet Completion: August 2010 The planned 2-story and 1-story additions continue the unique hexagonal geometry of this 1970s open– classroom school. The two additions generally fit under the existing upper floor classrooms, which project over covered concrete at –grade porches. These contextual additions also match the existing brick and concrete facades and banded windows. The lower level of the 2story addition provides a new science lab, a new Spanish language lab and interior circulation. The upper portion of this addition provides an extra small classroom and a counselor office. The smaller one-story addition, at the opposite end of the school, expands the administrative offices. Renovation workscope includes administrative office remodeling, a new storage mezzanine, MEP system improvements and a new fire sprinkler system. Sitework includes a re-built science garden adjacent to the new science lab, ramped walkways, parking expansion and a new bus drop-off lane
  8. 8. Clayton School District – Meramec Elementary Clayton, Missouri James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager As designed As built Owner: Clayton School District Size: 6,200 square feet Completion: August 2010 This historic 1938 school serves grades K-5 in a facility, which has expanded three previous times in the last 70 years. This latest planned expansion includes two additions. The one-story addition expands the lunchroom and thereby also creates a multipurpose room. The other addition is two stories high. It provides a large science lab at the first floor, upper floor small classrooms and office/conference spaces and a new fire stair. Both additions are contextual pieces, which fit the existing materials, form and roof lines. Renovation workscope includes upgraded restrooms, MEP improvements and a new fire sprinkler system. Sitework includes a new science garden adjacent to the new science lab, terraced landscaped retaining walls defining the playground, foundation waterproofing, and improved ADA access both within the site and into the building.
  9. 9. Clayton School District – The Family Center Clayton, Missouri James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager As designed With various programming and specialized spaces, this early childhood center serves children from 2 months old through 5 years old. As built The brick-faced addition matches the scale and form of the original 1953 building. The addition adds two upper floor classrooms for 3-5 year old children with child-scaled restroom fixtures. The two classrooms feature windows with lower sill heights for child-scale viewing. An indoor lowerlevel multi-purpose room provides to a large open space for gross motor skill development. The addition also includes a new elevator to allow for improved accessibility. Miscellaneous alterations were made in the current building portions to respond to code compliance. Sitework includes increased parking, an outdoor classroom/gathering space, terraced planted beds to mitigate water intrusion problems and new sidewalks. Owner: Clayton School District Size: 5,500 square feet Completion: August 2010
  10. 10. The Old Post Office St. Louis, Missouri James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager and Construction Administrator GSA and DESCO/DFC Group joined forces with the State of Missouri’s Court of Appeals for the Eastern District and Webster University to redevelop the Old Post Office as a multi-use complex. The historic Old Post Office building, is a National Historic Landmark in downtown St. Louis. Adding modern engineered systems, 21st century offices, and new fixtures and finishes was a great challenge. Extreme care was required to fit this new work into the historic and decorative fabric without hurting the its original integrity. Developer: DESCO/DFC Group Size: 242,000 square feet Cost: $26 million Completion: September 2006 Throughout the long design process, Trivers worked closely with a myriad of review building preservation entities including the General Services Administration, the National Park Service and its Advisory Council of Historic Preservation, the State Historic Preservation Office, the local Cultural Resources Office, and the Landmarks Association of St. Louis.
  11. 11. The Old Post Office St. Louis, Missouri James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager and Construction Administrator The Court of Appeals has taken the top two floors, re-utilizing the two historic main courtrooms and the remainder of these two floors for judges’ chambers and support space. The State of Missouri tenancy also includes St. Louis office space for the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, and the Department of Health and Senior Services. Webster University occupies the entire floor just below the main entry level, the MidLevel. These classrooms address the educational needs of downtown workers. Developer: DESCO/DFC Group Size: 242,000 square feet Cost: $26 million Completion: September 2006 The other private tenants include: the St. Louis Business Journal, the St. Louis Public Library, Teach for America, Focus St. Louis, the Pasta House Company and a small museum on the history of the building itself. The once-vacant building is now 100% occupied.
  12. 12. U.S. Post Office and Courthouse New Bern, North Carolina James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager Following two smaller renovations, this phase 3 renovation/addition project addresses the balance and the majority of the remaining work in this 1933 Georgian Revival U.S. Post Office & Courthouse structure. Restoration with minor alterations of historic public spaces and the major historic courtroom are included. Conservation work occurred on various historic elements such as the original lighting fixtures, terrazzo and tile flooring and plaster wall surfaces. Plan changes include the addition of a new bankruptcy courtroom/hearing room to be located in the former U.S. Post Office space. A brick and stone addition was built at the rear, which maintains the strict symmetry of the original structure. This addition houses a new U.S. Marshals suite. Owner: General Services Administration Southeast Region 4, Atlanta, Georgia Size: 42,000 Gross Square Feet Completion: Fall 2010 Cost: $10,000,000 The addition will include new secure separate circulation for the judge and prisoners, a vehicular sallyport, a new area command station for the Marshals Service, and prisoner holding cells. Envelope work includes a roof repair, painting, tuckpointing, historic flagpole replacement and pavement restoration. Envelope building security improvements include the addition of blast-proof window sash with window film. Building accessibility and security is also being addressed at both the front public entry and rear employee entrance. The modern security screening equipment and processing will be accomplished in a room outside of the historic front lobby. A fenced parking lot with a guard station occupies the rear area. Finally, the GSA is striving to achieve a LEED “Silver” rating for this renovation/addition project. This goal has driven multiple changes to the MEP upgrades and other design elements.
  13. 13. U.S. Post Office and Courthouse San Antonio, Texas James Alverson, Trivers Project Manager This multi-use Federal building, sited adjacent to historic Alamo Square, was built in 1937 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project consists of multiple Federal agency and public space alterations/modernizations tied to major structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire safety upgrades. Many of the envelop and MEP improvements also serve to attain the goal of LEED Gold certification. The alterations are also focused on improved access and usability for disabled users. Such alterations include a more dignified means of main entry and renovated restrooms. This modernization will provide a general-use conference center, new space for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and for multiple smaller new Federal tenants. All alterations were designed with improved security in mind and were approved by the various Federal agencies focused on security. Construction work is phased to allow for the ongoing activities of the existing tenants. Preservation design solutions were developed and reviewed in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and in conjunction with the Texas State Historic Preservation Officer. Owner: General Services Administration Greater SW Region 7, Fort Worth, Texas Size: 308,270 Gross Square Feet Completion: Winter 2011 Cost: $46,000,000
  14. 14. Catco Catastrophe Cleaning and Restoration St. Louis, Missouri Alverson Architecture Catco engaged Alverson Architecture to redesign an existing commercial /industrial building to efficiently accommodate the entire Catco operations and administration facility for the St. Louis area, relocating the company from St. Louis City to the St. Louis County. Catco responds to properties damaged by fire, wind and water, providing onsite remediation or by bringing damaged items back to their facility for specialized cleaning. They also provide in house reconstruction services. This project was designed and built in two phases of approximately equal areas. Completion of the phase one scope allowed the operational activities and equipment/storage components to move into new common space on one level. The older Catco facility had these activities and items located in two buildings on multiple floors. Phase one had its own office space, cleaning rooms and support spaces. Phase Two encompassed all administrative functions including office space for sales, accounting, construction, support spaces and featured a large 40-person training room. Catco trains outside individuals, who wish to become certified in catastrophe cleaning. The new facility provides for a more efficient work flow and for better communication between the various departments. Size: 22,960 Gross Square Feet Completion: April 2012 Cost: $480,000
  15. 15. Anderson Family New House St. Louis, Missouri Alverson Architecture Original Fire-Damaged House Entablature detail wraps corner New House Front Facade Adjacent home used as design reference Alverson Architecture designed this new house for the Anderson Family located in The Ville, an historic neighborhood in the City of St. Louis. The new house replaces an original home, which was heavily damaged by a fire next door. The new two bedroom / 2 bath home is a simple rectangular structure, which matches the height, massing, materials and detail of other existing nearby historic homes. Because of the house’s location in an historic district, Alverson Architecture had to gain approval for the exterior design from the City’s Historic Preservation Board. The initial design called for a brick front façade with vinyl siding on the other sides. The Board rejected the use of vinyl siding and required additional fenestration on the front façade to match the look of the neighboring homes. Alverson Architecture proposed a final design compromise, which was approved by the Board, the homeowner and which fit the contractor’s budget. The brick was eliminated, with all four facades covered in cement board clapboard siding. This siding was painted to match the original brick color. The use of clapboard siding is consistent with other homes in this historic district. The extra windows were also added to the front façade. The completed house was completed on budget and its design matches the scale and detail of its neighboring home. Size: 1,630 Gross Square Feet Completion: September 2013 Cost: $160,000

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