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The Security Building

Location: St. Louis, MO
Completed: 2006
Client: The Lawrence Group
Size: 128,000 SF


More than a century after the Security Building was constructed at 319 N. Fourth St. as St. Louis’ most prestigious and costly high-rise office building, Guarantee Electrical was selected to provide design-build electrical services for its green renovation.

Architect/owner The Lawrence Group restored the only remaining structure of at least five in St. Louis designed by the nationally prominent Peabody, Stearns & Furber of Boston. The $10 million green renovation earned Silver LEED™ certification in 2007, becoming the first historic building in Missouri to receive the designation. Among other green features, Guarantee achieved power densities in common areas of .9 watts per square foot.
Partnering with general contractor Alberici Constructors, Guarantee provided more than $1 million in electrical design-build services for the 11-story, 128,000-square-foot historic renovation. Restoration to the building’s original 1892 grandeur included new electrical service and distribution, fire alarm system and security access system. Guarantee crews faced challenges in upgrading electrical infrastructure to meet modern regulations while maintaining the building’s historic design. Inefficient, cosmetically worn fixtures were replaced with attractive energy-efficient fixtures that replicated the original fixtures. GECO Engineering generated added value throughout the design-build process, responding quickly to surprises in existing wiring and adjusting designs to fit conditions behind plaster walls and ceilings within a structure combining load-bearing brick and Missouri granite walls with a steel frame, fireproofed with clay tile.

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