Concurrent with Phase One – Founder's Hall Renovation

Founder’s Hall, affectionately known as “Isolation” dorm, has been spruced up quite nicely this summer. After the May Commencement, when all the students moved out, the building was emptied of all remaining furniture. Some much needed, but previously delayed maintenance was attended to and each dorm room was given a coat of new paint and new carpet. The hallways are now finished with an industrial surface which makes them easier to clean and longer lasting. The pictures below were taken on the last day of work. The dorm will be cleaned up and furnished, ready for new students to move in during late August.

Canopy Constructed with Local Materials

It’s been noted previously (here) that some of the trees on campus had to be cut down in recent years due to age and disease, but the materials were being put to use in campus projects, particularly Phase One. Uniquely, one of those specific projects has reserved a place of prominence for the wood from those trees. The new canopy entrance to the Benidt Center is constructed mostly with wood harvested from the local trees cut down on campus. Not only is the new entry incredibly beautiful in its own right because of this wood, but Concordia Seminary has been intentional about not letting what God has given us go to waste. The use of the wood from our aged trees is a great example of stewardship.

Here’s a few images of the trees as they were first harvested.

Here’s some images of the wood as it was beginning to be milled, stored, dried, and awaiting final finishing before being put to use in the project.

Check out the photo gallery below for some close up shots of the canopy entrance and the beautiful woodwork from our very own trees.

Canopy Entrance Finished

The new canopy entrance to the Benidt Center has been finished. The slate roofers capped the peak of the canopy two weeks ago. Slate is the kind of roof that most of the buildings on campus have, except for those which have flat roofs. Each of the dining halls, Koburg and Wartburg has slate roofs at the same angle as the new canopy, thus a new aesthetically pleasing dimension has been added to an already beautiful complex of buildings.

Below is the entire picture gallery from the beginning of the process to the end.

What are the piers for?

If you look closely in the pictures below, you’ll see some piers placed in the midst of the area which will consist of pavers in the East Courtyard. The East Courtyard will include a through street that can be closed off from time to time for hosting events. The architects and design team were thinking ahead about what those events would need. The piers are for securing a tent in the East Courtyard! Lots of events and groups are hosted on campus throughout each summer. With as hot as this summer has been (heat warnings have run for the last 2 weeks straight, and there have been others already–last summer [2010] was similar), we’ll be glad for the shade a tent would provide for events hosted during the summers to come.


Stoeckhardt Hall HVAC

While work has been happening for a little over a month inside Stoeckhardt Hall, much of the work has been devoted to outfitting the building with a new HVAC system. So much of the work has been hidden away in the basement (sorry, no photos of that). However, there has been some progressive action leading up to the delivery of the new AC units which happened yesterday. The folks running the cameras were on the ball, because delivery took less that half an hour. They were able to catch some of the action.

Pictures of the whole process, from freshly laid slabs of concrete to delivery of the units are in the gallery below.

Historic Seminary Plans

While working for the Phase One project, there was a good deal of mining through files of past plans for the Seminary property. One of things that was found was from the layout of the 1904 World’s Fair, held in St. Louis. The Fair was mostly in Forest Park, but property lines were different then and certain roads that exist now didn’t in 1904. The Seminary property was actually part of where exhibits were located. The map image below is oriented top-down from South to North, rather than the opposite, which is what you might be used to. The property of the Seminary is outlined in a pink boundary line, just so you can see what the difference of the area is in the last 100 yrs or so. Lots has changed, as you’ll notice. If you’ve ever been to the area, this map is a real treasure as it shows the significant difference that existed in the years before the property was sold to the Seminary (which was in 1926) and the greater St Louis region was beginning to take shape.

Click on the image to see the full size. The photo is a rather large file, so if it’s a little slow loading, please be patient.

Announcing the Johann Hinrich Benidt Seminary Center

The primary location of work in the Phase One project has been the kitchen complex, composed of: two dining halls, Wartburg and Koburg;  the kitchen, with its 2nd and 3rd floor meeting spaces; and the basement where there is food storage, as well as the new location of the Food Bank and Re-Sell It Shop. Dr. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary has recently announced the naming of the complex as the Johann Hinrich Benidt Seminary Center. You can read more about it in the Spring 2011 issue of the Concordia Journal, or in the most recent Concordia Seminary Magazine (Spring/Summer 2011, pg. 25). Here’s part of Dr. Meyer’s statement from the Magazine:

To name a building after a layman from the 20th Century is certainly to highlight the fact that the church and its future does not only rest on the shoulders of pastors, but on every member of church. And God uses every one of them. Johann Hinrich Benidt’s impact is most clearly seen in the life that he inspired his grandson Charles to lead. Johann’s influence has spread beyond his wildest imaginings, and it will continue to leave its mark on the future of Concordia Seminary, and through its students, upon the church at large. We’re proud to name our new world class kitchen and dining complex in honor of Johann Hinrich Benidt.

The Charles E. Benidt Foundation is the most significant donor toward the Phase One project, inspiring the giving of many others, and enabling this project to become a reality for the Concordia Seminary Community.

Road Through East Courtyard Being Laid

While the finished product of the road through the East Courtyard will consist of beautifully laid pavers, the foundations were being poured last week. The pictures below include some of the action from last week, as well as some of the past pics from when the original surface had been removed.

Canopy Entrance Nearly Complete

Just last week a very significant visual milestone was reached in the Phase One Project. The canopy entrance into the dining complex was quickly erected in a matter of days. Only the finishing touches are left. The new entry is constructed in part from wood that has been saved from trees cut down on campus. This is just one of the ways Concordia Seminary is being a good steward of God’s gifts. Click below for the pictures.

Thank You Picnic Held for Project Workers

Just before the 4th of July holiday weekend, Concordia Seminary held a Thank You picnic for all of the workers on-site who are making the Phase One Project a reality. The entire campus was invited and the turn out was significant. Below are some photos from the event.