We’re thrilled to share 4260 Cortex has been named the 2018 Precast Concrete Institute’s (PCI) Best Mixed Use Building as part of the organization’s annual design awards. The PCI awards recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast/prestressed concrete from across North America. The 4260 Cortex project is celebrated on PCI’s awards site.
The Cortex Innovation Community is home to a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district in the historic Central West End of St. Louis. When the owners decided to build an additional mixed-use structure that could act as a gateway to the hub, they turned to CannonDesign in St. Louis to create a building that would measure up to the nationally ranked universities and medical centers in the surrounding region, while achieving pedestrian scale to invigorate a walkable community.
The resulting design consists of two stacked box forms, with the upper projecting out beyond the lower. The first floor uses charcoal-colored precast concrete with a horizontally striated formliner, while the upper volume is clad in white acid-etched precast concrete panels that contrast with the dark precast concrete and glass base. The precast concrete facade complements buildings of similar scale and material located within the district.