Soldiers Memorial Military Museum

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum is an important part of downtown St. Louis’ urban landscape. It is currently closed and undergoing a complete restoration and renovation. BSI is pleased to be doing this work with the City of St. Louis, The Missouri Historical Society and Mackey Mitchell Architects.  The Museum, with its Court of Honor, is on axis with Central Library and the former Municipal Courts Building along 14th Street.  The Court of Honor is part of the Gateway Mall that incorporates Citygarden, the new Kiener Plaza and CityArchRiver to the Old Courthouse along Market Street.  

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Rendering by  Laura Linn .

Rendering by Laura Linn.

Sarah Statue Dedication

On Oct. 9 The Sarah Community dedicated a new statue of its namesake, Sarah, wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. Officiating was Jacqueline Motzel, FSM, former president of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.

The Sarah Community, a senior living continuing care community, was founded by and serves five orders of religious sisters as well as the general public. BSI constructed the original campus and subsequent additions and renovations, including the new Anna House in 2011.

The Community commissioned Marie Henderson, RSM, to sculpt the statue. Sr. Marie is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, one of the Community’s five orders, and teaches architecture at the University of Detroit. She spoke at the dedication.

BSI, overseen by Superintendent Haus Truelove, erected the statue on Sunday morning. Haus served as superintendent for the construction of Anna House. The company also provided the concrete base and the plaque. In attendance at the ceremony, in addition to Haus, were Rosemary and Joe Shaughnessy.

Pictured: Jacqueline Motzel, FSM, Rosemary Shaughnessy, Marie Henderson, RSM, and Joe Shaughnessy.

Pictured: Jacqueline Motzel, FSM, Rosemary Shaughnessy, Marie Henderson, RSM, and Joe Shaughnessy.

Project Spotlight - National Blues Museum

Located at street level on Washington Avenue downtown in the newly renovated Laurel Hotel, the National Blues Museum is the newest cultural institution on the St. Louis landscape. The Museum, which opened in April 2016, features high-impact, technology driven displays; a rich assortment of artifacts; and a 100-seat theater. CNN ranked the Blues Museum as one of the World’s Top Ten Exciting Global Attractions set to open in a particular year. BSI also did the renovation of the Laurel, one of the company’s largest projects to date.