Renovation work by Blanton Construction at the First Baptist Church in Elsberry, MO has begun.
The official grand opening & ribbon cutting ceremonies for the Lindenwood Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) built by Blanton Construction, were held on September 16, 2017. All those in attendance on the Lindenwood University St. Charles campus were very interested in the use of SageGlass; also known as “dynamic glass or electronically switchable glass”. This smart glass can be used to create unique lighting and it was used artistically in the large windows to resemble a grove of linden trees – the native trees from which Lindenwood University takes its name. What is so special about SageGlass is that it provides sunlight control automatically, to reduce the sun’s glare and reject heat while maintaining a view of the outdoors for the occupants. It is estimated to reduce HVAC use by 20%. Furthermore, it only takes the equivalent of about three (3) 60W light bulbs to tint. This “magic” glass will also minimize the ultraviolet rays, which will be a great help in preserving the gorgeous interior finishes on the LARC. There are seven hues shown in the glass which include shades of gray, green and blue that make up the tree images. The tinted changes in the varying hues are subtle with the objective being to create a grove of trees that those inside the LARC can connect to the backdrop of existing real trees on the Lindenwood campus.
While all agreed the building is a stunning addition to the campus, what faculty and staff are most excited about is the new learning opportunities this building presents to the students. Besides the gorgeous “magic glass”, the LARC houses a multimedia theatre, a student academic support office & student spaces where students can meet to work on projects together as well as a Starbucks Coffee shop on the ground level and the LARC is also home to the university’s IT department. The building does an excellent job of combining high tech interior with the stately and historic look that Lindenwood University in St. Charles is well known.
The LARC is 100,000 square foot, three story, four-level facility and is the largest in the development that has taken place in the last 15 years at the university. Prior to building the LARC building, Blanton has completed approximately $250 million worth of work for Lindenwood over that 15-year period. The building association between Blanton Construction and Lindenwood University began when Blanton founder Ben Blanton served on the University’s board of directors. At the time, Dennis Spellman was the President of Lindenwood and he had big plans for expanding the university. After plans to build the first new residence hall on the site stalled with the contractor initially chosen, Ben Blanton agreed that his company would build the dormitory if there were no overhead & profit on the project. That started a long relationship between Blanton Construction and Lindenwood University and Blanton still builds everything for Lindenwood that same way – “without overhead & profit”. As President of Blanton Construction, Jeff Blanton puts it “we have been blessed to be part of Lindenwood’s expansion and what it has done for St. Charles.”
Other building constructed by Blanton Construction over the past 15 years with which you might be familiar are: The Spellman Campus Center, Evans Commons, Lou Brock Sports Complex, Harlen C. Hunter Stadium, Hyland Arena, the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts and eight residence halls.
Blanton Construction has been happy for many years now with its frequent work with LePique and Orne who was the architect for the new LARC as well as the Harlen C. Hunter Stadium. LePique and Orne have been in St. Charles since 1916 and both LePique and Orne along with Blanton share a real love for taking historic venues and bringing them into modern times while keeping the feel very historical. The just recently opened LARC is yet another example of that. We appreciate the trust that Lindenwood University has placed in us to keep their campus looking very historical all while keeping up to the minute with technology and learning facilities that attract students from all over the United States and abroad.
Thinking of holding an outdoor event but don’t have the space for it in your own back yard? Then check out this beautiful Pavilion built by Blanton Construction on the grounds of the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, MO. It’s a gorgeous stone venue nestled in Missouri Wine Country where soon the leaves will be giving an explosion of color.
Fuel canopy and pump islands in place at the new QuikTrip in Weldon Springs.
Looking for a place to hold an event? Why not check into the lovely outdoor pavilion built by Blanton Construction on the gorgeous grounds of the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, MO.
Some 400 Lindenwood students, faculity and staff took part in the Human Chain Book Brigade to move 50 books from the old Butler Library built in 1929 to the new Lindenwood Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) which was just completed by Blanton Construction. This commemorative event was followed by a tour for all participants of the new 100,000 square foot library and learning facility. You can view the entire story and see great video on Fox2now.com by typing in Lindenwood Book Brigade.
Blanton Construction has begun the scrape & rebuild project for Arby’s in Festus, MO
The gorgeous lighting at the new Lindenwood Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) in St. Charles makes even a rainy day like today more enjoyable to just sit back and enjoy the view.
Blanton Construction is busy putting the finishing touches on the new Lindenwood Library and Academic Resources Center on the campus in St. Charles, MO. With classes starting soon, everyone is anxious to see how the students and faculty like the new building and all of the amenities provided to enrich the learning experience.
Blanton Construction wrapped up the work on the Arby’s at Lindenwood Commons at the end of June 2017 and on July the 11th 2017, Arby’s celebrated their “official” Grand Opening. All went exceptionally well on this project and the construction manager & owner were very happy with the finished project. Anyone who enjoys eating at Arby’s will be delighted this new facility has much easier access as opposed to their previous location near the intersection of First Capitol Dr. and Hwy 70. Best wishes to Arby’s! Please stop by and visit Arby’s soon!