What is Phase One?

What is Phase One?

Phase One is a significant architectural and landscaping renovation on Concordia Seminary’s St. Louis Campus. It consists of two large projects: (1) the creation of an East Courtyard; (2) a remarkable upgrade to the Koburg/Wartburg/Stoeckhardt Complex which houses the kitchen, dining halls, office space, and student and community centered resources. Smaller parts of the project include office moves and relocating the historic replicated log cabin from near Concordia Historical Institute to the east lawn in front of Koburg, next to the Library.

Why Phase One?

Phase One aims at creating a student-centered complex within Koburg/Wartburg/Stoeckhardt. Of critical importance to campus life is the ability to foster community. The major renovations and upgrades to this large complex allow for greater opportunities for all who constitute the campus community to gather and share life together.



The East Courtyard

The new East Courtyard will become a gathering place for students. Located between Founders Hall (aka “Isolation” dorm) and the Koburg/Wartburg complex, the Courtyard will be paved with brick, provide a minimal amount of short-term parking (pick-up, drop-off) and an area for children to play and students to gather. In the East Courtyard the new service ramp will be sufficiently hidden behind foliage, but imminently accessible for drop-offs for food service and trash removal, as well as drop-offs and deliveries for the Food Bank and Re-Sell It Shop. Entry to the Food Bank and Re-Sell It Shop will be found near the new service ramp in the East Courtyard.

Koburg Dining Hall

Koburg Dining Hall will undergo a significant renovation and upgrade for its continued use as a facility for hosting meetings, banquets and other large dining groups. A larger entry from the West will be added, as well as better access from the kitchen. Koburg will also have the capability of accommodating a buffet line. Further upgrades include enlarged bathrooms, audio/visual enhancements, new furnishings, as well as improved entrances and a new, well-marked emergency exit.

Stoeckhardt Hall

Stoeckhardt Hall will be reorganized around a student-centric concept. Various campus offices with which students interact regularly will be centrally located in this one building, including Recruitment and Enrollment Management. The various administrative and financial offices which are located there presently will be moved to a renovated space in Loeber Hall. There will also be a small dining room extending off of the Wartburg Commons which presently functions as a dining room and game room. Various windows will also be replaced in Stoeckhardt Hall, nevertheless retaining the historic look of the campus.

Guenther Hall

Smaller organizational renovations will happen in Guenther Hall. The faculty lounge, now located in Stoeckhardt Hall, will be moved into the first floor of Guenther Hall, immediately adjacent to the Graduate School. Since the upper floors of Guenther Hall house faculty offices, Guenther will provide a much more central and logical location for the faculty to gather.


It has been said that when Concordia Seminary was completed in the 1920s, our kitchens were on the cutting edge in terms of technology and design for institutions of higher education–this is compared to any other university kitchen in the country. Yet today, the kitchens are dated. The cooking technology limits cooking options, so new cutting edge equipment will once again take up residence at Concordia Seminary, allowing for a broader variety of cooking options, but especially allowing for healthier kinds of cooking. Further upgrades to the ventilation system and kitchen arrangement will allow for, in some circumstances, up to a 70% upgrade in efficiency, especially in regard to heating and cooling. Flexible serving options will be employed, and a much larger elevator which provides access to every floor of the building will be added. New windows will be added in the kitchens, while simultaneously maintaining the historic aesthetic of the campus. Finally, the third floor above the main kitchen will be converted into a “Parish Hall”-type space for student use, including a small kitchen and furnishing for hosting medium sized gatherings and meals. This will reclaim underused space and further the student-centered nature of the complex.

Lower Level of Koburg/Wartburg

The Food Bank and Re-Sell It Shop will move into the lower floor of Koburg/Wartburg, making the complex a decidedly more student-centered location. While preserving the historic look of those lower spaces, major upgrades are in store to build out the new Food Bank and Re-Sell It Shop spaces. Deliveries to the building will be made to the Lower Level. Food storage has been an ongoing use of the Lower Level, and this will continue. As part of the Phase One project, new, larger, high efficiency walk-in freezers have already been installed ahead of the major push of the project. Finally, there will be significant HVAC upgrades while reducing the current footprint of such equipment.


For drawings and concept art, click here.


Wondering about Phase Two, Three, etc.? The details of any further phases are currently in the planning stage under the guidance of the Campus Master Plan Committee.

5 Responses to “What is Phase One?”

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    Thank you & the Lord’s richest blessings.

  2. Who is going to be the new food service provider for Koburg?

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